Pope Francis Says Homosexuality in the Church 'Worries' Him
Francis says men with homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, which aligns with the stereotype that gay men molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals.
Pope Francis has often been touted as one of the more progressive popes in the history of the Catholic Church, but his new book "The Strength of Vocation" offers a less welcoming side to the men who oversee 1.2 billion Catholics across the globe. To curb the decades-old molestation scandal, which targets young boys he is suggesting to ban homosexuals from serving as priests.
The pope says that for one that, engages in homosexuality, it questions their humanity and emotional maturity. He thus sees no place for it in vocational life within the church.
In his book, Pope Francis clearly links homosexuality to child molestation, calling on homosexual priests to leave or be celibate, so as to avoid scandal, suggesting that homosexuals are more prone to engage in child molestation than heterosexuals.
Since the '70s, there has been a myth that gay men molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals. In 2010, the Family Research Council claimed "the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a (molestation) danger to children."
The American Psychological Association later debunked this claim, stating that children are not more likely to be molested by LGBT parents or their LGBT friends or acquaintances.
There is an ill-construed theory that the anti-gay activists claim alleging that all men who molest male children should be seen as homosexual. Nicholas Groth, an expert on child molestation, finds that child molestation either stems from fixated or regressive behavior.
"The fixated child molester — the stereotypical pedophile — cannot be considered homosexual or heterosexual because he often finds adults of either sex repulsive and often molests children of both sexes. Regressive child molesters are generally attracted to other adults, but may regress to focusing on children when confronted with stressful situations. The majority of regressed offenders were heterosexual in their adult relationships."
The Pope and his officers fail to understand this reality, even the ones who criticized the Pope for covering up ongoing sexual misconduct and abuse of children in the Catholic church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican's former ambassador, stated that a "homosexual network" existed in the Vatican, whose members helped promote each other's careers in the church.
Telling homosexuals to leave the priesthood will not fix the horrific sex scandal within the Catholic Church because there is no link between homosexuality and child molestation. This is a black mark in a fairly progressive administration under Pope Francis.
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President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday that said all furloughed workers would receive back pay once the government reopens. However, the Trump administration has ordered states not to provide unemployment coverage to federal workers who have been required to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Thursday the U.S. Department of Labor sent states a letter with that mandate, according to NPR. The Department of Labor said the roughly 420,000 federal employees who are "essential" cannot file for unemployment as they are "generally ineligible."
It also reported 10,454 initial claims by federal workers for the week that ended Jan. 5, doubling the previous week's figure. Thousands more have applied since, state officials said.
Newsom said the decision by the Department of Labor's decision was "jaw-dropping."
"So, the good news is, we're going to do it, and shame on them," he said.
"From a moral perspective, there is no debate on this issue and we will blow back aggressively on the Department of Labor."
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reports unemployment claims for one week during the shutdown are up 600 percent from the same time last year. The state has over 245,000 federal employees.
Newsom encouraged people to continue to apply while the state figured out how to get the money. He estimated benefits that would last up to 26 weeks and provided a few hundred extra dollars a month. He said he knows it doesn't fix everything, but hopefully it helps.
His message to Trump: "Let us states do the job you can't seem to do yourself."
Some state officials said they had asked utilities and other companies to extend mercy to federal employees, and the federal Office of Personnel Management published sample letters that furloughed employees could send to creditors to ask for patience.
Texas has received more than 2,900 claims from federal workers since the shutdown began on Dec. 22, while Ohio is approaching 700. Kansas reported 445 filings, and Alabama was closing in on 500. Montana said it had logged almost 1,500.
Trump tweeted on Friday that he would be making a "major announcement" on Saturday about the government shutdown.
I will be making a major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border, and the Shutdown, tomorrow afternoon at 3 P.M., live from the @WhiteHouse.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2019
A senior administration official told CNN that Trump plans to offer Democrats another proposal to end the shutdown.
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