New Pope in Rome But Same Anti-Contraception, Anti-LGBT Policies Will Endure

14 Mar

There had been black smoke for days, a signal from the conclave of cardinals that they had yet to decide the new leader of the Catholic Church. Yesterday morning as those of us on the west coast were heading to work, reports came in that white smoke now billowed from the Sistine chapel, a new pope had been chosen.

Meet Jorge Bergogolio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, now known as Pope Francis I . As the Bishop of Argentina, he opposed Argentina’s leadership on birth control access, he is anti-abortion, anti-condom, and anti-LGBT* rights. A new pope, but no new policies. As he enters the papacy, he has a host of scandals and abuse issues to address.

those problems included reforming the Roman Curia, handling the pedophilia crisis and cleaning up the Vatican bank, which has been working to meet international transparency standards.

Pope Francis is the first Pope from the Americas, and it is said that his election indicates the Catholic Church’s focus on the global south. He grew up in Argentina as the son of Italian immigrants and studied to be a chemist. He has been known for his love and constant study of philosophy. On first look, he may appear a fresh choice for the Church. Upon closer inspection it is clear that the new Pope is more of the same.

For women and families in the global south, new efforts from a conservative Pope Francis’ church could spell disaster. The Catholic Church has previously denounced spreading information about wearing condoms, and have resisted calls to widen access to contraception in poor countries. With the election of this new, more conservative, Pope, all hope that the Church may change their ideology is lost.

While he is known for modernizing an Argentinian church considered to be among the most conservative in Latin America, he is also known for his strict views on morality — having staunchly opposed same-sex marriage, contraception and abortion.

He has called adoption by gay parents a form of discrimination against children — a stance that was publicly criticized by Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

There you have it, more of the same. And while the new Pope is renowned for his HIV /AIDS work and his outward showing of compassion for the poor, his policies are no less hateful.

7 Responses to “New Pope in Rome But Same Anti-Contraception, Anti-LGBT Policies Will Endure”

  1. Sheri March 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    The church would not dare choose a reformist to avoid seeding deviation in their ranks. It is always better to keep to the tested path of conservatism. When you look at it he may be from South America but we should remember of Italian stock.

    • Bethany March 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      Don’t have to be Italian to be pope. Look at Pope Benedict XVI (German) Pope John Paul II (Polish).

      Of course he has to uphold Church teaching. Wouldn’t be a very good Catholic Pope if he didn’t.

  2. Navi March 14, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Why does LGBT have an asterisk next to it?

  3. Kristen March 15, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    The pope is Catholic? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

    • Bethany March 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      LOL Kristen.

  4. Gordon March 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I predict one of his first acts will be to start badgering the Argentine National Congress to reverse itself and prohibit gay marriage. You heard it here first.


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