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VATICAN CITY, July 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – A senior Vatican official has confirmed that over Easter Pope Francis invited a group of transgender individuals to the Vatican to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Pope Francis previously gave money to the same group last year when COVID restrictions prevented them from working with their usual “customers on the street.”
Religion News Service (RNS) reported July 2, that Pope Francis had issued a personal invitation to the transgender community based at Torvaianica, at the parish of Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate, to come for their COVID vaccination. The Vatican had been opened up by the Office of Papal Charities during Holy Week, to administer COVID-19 injections to the homeless and vulnerable.
Thus on Holy Saturday, April 3, buses arrived at the Vatican with 50 people from Torvaianica, all seeking their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
RNS noted that the information had been confirmed to them by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, who himself had reached out to the priest in Torvaianica, Father Andrea Conocchia, with the suggestion that the transgender group come to the Vatican for the vaccines.
According to Juan Carlos Cruz, the openly homosexual man appointed by Francis to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Vatican officials asked the Pope for guidance when the buses from Torvaianica arrived.
When questioned, Pope Francis reportedly exclaimed “Absolutely vaccinate them!” Pope Francis further added that when the injections were being administered, Vatican officials were not to ask the transgender individuals about their sex.
“Ask for their names, ask for anything they need, but do not ask them about their sex,” said the Pope, according to Cruz.
Speaking to RNS, Fr. Conocchia stated that Pope Francis’s actions towards the transgender individuals showed that “the church is a part of the people, whoever they are. For us they have value. They are a noun, not an adjective.”
Conocchia added that the transgender group was “moved to tears” by Pope Francis’ actions. They “felt remembered, having experienced once again and in a tangible way the closeness and tenderness of the pope’s charity,” stated Conocchia.
“It was truly Easter,” commented the Conocchia, when describing the gift of the COVID-19 injections to the group. It was “a day of life and resurrection.”
The vaccine invitation was not merely to the transgender individuals, but also to parish volunteers, as well as immigrants cared for by the Catholic aid group Community of St. Egidio, and “struggling families and divorced parents,” supported by Caritas.
According to Conocchia, many of the group who received the COVID-19 injections at the Vatican were without official documentation, and thus unable to avail of Italy’s health service.
They returned on April 23 for their second shot.
Pope Francis himself had spent part of Good Friday, April 2, at the Vatican’s COVID-19 vaccination center in the Paul VI Audience Hall, where he posed for a picture.
Pope Francis’s relationship with Torvaianica LGBT group
Indeed, the Pope Francis’ Easter gift is not the first time that he has singled out the transgender group at Torvaianica for special attention. In the spring of 2020, he again instructed his almoner, Cardinal Krajewski, to send money to the group after they contacted the Vatican for financial assistance.
Conocchia’s parish had been turned into a “haven” for “about 20 transgender women,” wrote RNS. During the Italian COVID-19 restrictions, the “transgender women,” most of whom were reportedly sex workers, were without sources of income, and so turned to Conocchia.
When unable to offer any more support himself, the priest directed the group to petition Pope Francis.
Upon receiving the request, Francis reportedly directed Cardinal Krajewski to wire money directly to the group, most of whom were not Catholic.
Pope Francis’ actions prompted praise from LGBT organizations, including the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, who stated it was an example of the Gospel and its nature of promoting “love beyond words.”
“This is ordinary work for the Church, it’s normal,” stated Krajewski at the time. “This is how the Church is a field hospital.”
Ongoing support for ‘transgender’ ideology
Pope Francis has previously affirmed people claiming to be a member of the opposite sex, more commonly known as transgender or transsexual.
In January 2015 he granted an audience to the two women whom the world’s press dubbed a “transsexual man and his fiancée.”
Then in 2016, during an in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome from a trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, Pope Francis recounted how he had once received a letter “from a Spanish man who told me his story from the time when he was a child. He was born a female, a girl, and he suffered greatly because he felt that he was a boy but physically was a girl.” Throughout the interview, Francis referred to the person as a “man,” even though she necessarily continued to be a biological woman. “He, who had been she, but is he,” Francis emphasized.
Despite this, Catholic teaching on transgender issues remains unchanging, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity.” (CCC # 2333)
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1975 document, Persona Humana, also echoed this with the words, “There can be no true promotion of man’s dignity unless the essential order of his nature is respected.”
Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, together with several other bishops, wrote in their 2019 Declaration of Truths that gender reassignment surgery is a “grave sin” and a “rebellion” against divine and natural law.
PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2021):
The Pope has written a note to Fr. James Martin, SJ, praising his fellow Jesuit’s controversial pro-LGBT ministry, saying it "reflects the closeness of God" and is in the "style of God."
The Pope’s note was written in response to a communication that Martin had sent Francis earlier, informing him of an upcoming LGBT conference organized by renegade New Ways Ministry (NWM), which has been denounced as non-Catholic ministry by the U.S. bishops and whose leaders defied the Vatican’s order to cease their affiliation with NWM decades ago.
In spite of the fact that Francis has done this, the Church still teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered," and "under no circumstances can they be approved." (Catechism of the Catholic Church Para. 2357)
Therefore, when a priest, like James Martin, SJ - and, New Ways Ministry - adovcate for the normalization of homosexuality and transgenderism, without calling for chastity and repentence, we know that this style is most certainly not in the style of God.
Please continue to SIGN and share this petition asking the bishops of the United States to stop Martin's LGBT advocacy.
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PETITION UPDATE (2/4/2020):
Fr. James Martin, SJ, can't resist telling bishops how to run their dioceses.
He recently opined that dioceses should stop firing homosexuals who are "married" by the state, saying that this is tantamount to discrimination.
But, of course, when it comes to such relationships, Bishops must discriminate between what is authentically Catholic and Christian, both under the natural law and in Revelation.
And, such people, who enter into a homosexual relationship and then have it publicly recognized by the state as something which nature and religion know can never be fruitful -- but, which conversely, can cause grave scandal to children -- cannot expect to hold positions in Catholic schools.
The two positions are contradictory, and not just in the way that other things are contradictory.
Homosexual "marriage" is a contradiction in terms, and is not only unnatural, but also confusing to young minds. And, not just about human nature, but also about the way that God has designed man and woman to be together, in marriage, in a lifelong, monogamous bond.
What Fr. Martin suggests is that bishops are free to take a sledge hammer to God's design...which, of course, is totally, totally wrong.
Bishops, please continue assert your right to protect the innocence of children as well as defend the institution of marriage.
Fr. James Martin, SJ recently issued a tweet questioning the Bible's condemnation of homosexual acts.
Fr. Martin’s tweet quotes an article from the Center for Action and Contemplation in which Fr. Richard Rohr, a priest with a long record of dissenting from established Church teachings, favorably shares a pro-homosexuality missive from his “dear friend,” Methodist minister Walter Wink. In June of 2018, Fr. Rohr declared in a speech that “historically, scientifically, culturally,” the Bible is “a mass of contradictions from beginning to end.”
This is decidedly NOT what the Catholic Church teaches.
Thankfully, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, have both responded to Fr. James Martin’s tweet highlighting an article that questions the “biblical judgment” of “same-sex sexual behavior.”
Bishop Strickland issued a response yesterday evening on his own Twitter account:
“Thank you for acknowledging that you question scripture. If we go down that road where do we stop? I know you have lots of support but you are challenging the Deposit of Faith that I promised to defend. As a bishop I’ll keep defending it.”
This morning, Cardinal Napier also took to the popular social media platform to give his response to Fr. Martin’s tweet.
“How convenient to use slavery to justify support for homosexuality, totally overlooking the fact that the Bible is overwhelmingly the story of God freeing His People from all slavery — physical & political but also slavery to idols & false gods, to moral & spiritual aberrations!”
We give thanks to God for these examples of strong leadership from the episcopate!
But, we need more Shepherds to come out against Fr. Martin's LGBT advocacy, which is a stain on the Church's teaching and on Christ's admonition to, "Go, and sin no more!"
Thank you for SIGNING!
Fr. James Martin is perhaps the most notorious pro-LGBT priest in the Catholic Church today. His public statements are opposed to the Church’s perennial teachings on sexuality, marriage, homosexuality, and transgenderism. They blind souls to the truth about human nature and the harsh reality of sin.
And, in spite of meeting with the Pope recently, which gave the veneer of respectability to his morally dangerous positions on the Church's teaching on sexuality, no-one has the authority to declare morally good or neutral, something which is actually intrinsically disordered -- not even the Pope.
Thankfully, however, there are some pastors of the Catholic Church who continue to place the constant teaching of the Church on faith and morals, and on sexuality, above human respect.
This petition, therefore, asks the Bishops of the Catholic Church to stop bowing to human respect, and ban Fr. James Martin from spreading his spiritual poison in their dioceses..."spiritual poison", because encouraging someone to continue in mortal sin is like giving poison to someone's soul, no matter how well-intentioned one may be.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia released a statement noting that Fr. Martin’s “statements and activities” have caused confusion.
- “A pattern of ambiguity in his teachings tends to undermine his stated aims, alienating people from the very support they need for authentic human flourishing,” Chaput wrote. “Due to the confusion caused by his statements and activities regarding same-sex related (LGBT) issues, I find it necessary to emphasize that Father Martin does not speak with authority on behalf of the Church, and to caution the faithful about some of his claims.”
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois quickly issued a statement supporting Chaput, saying that aspects of Martin’s teachings are “deeply scandalous,” and his “messages create confusion among the faithful and disrupt the unity of the Church.”
Bishop Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee has also opposed some of Martin’s statements.
And, in the Fall of 2018, Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland asked his fellow bishops to discern whether or not fraternal correction demands they ban from their dioceses Fr. James Martin and his pro-gay "marriage" message.
- Strickland said of Martin: “There’s a priest that travels around now basically saying that he doesn’t [believe the doctrine of the Church on marriage], and he seems to be very well promoted in various places.”
- “Brothers, I think part of the fraternal correction...we offer each other is to say, 'Can that be presented in our diocese? That same-sex ‘marriage’ is just fine, and the Church will one day grow to understand that.'”
- “That’s not what we teach,” he stated. “And I think we really have to ask those serious questions.”
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has called Fr. Martin “one of the most outspoken critics of the church’s message with regard to sexuality.”
And, Cardinal Raymond Burke has called Martin’s teaching “not coherent with the Church’s teaching on homosexuality.”
Over the years, Fr. Martin has made numerous remarks that indicate open hostility towards and deep opposition to unchangeable doctrine on matters related to men, women, and sexuality. Bishops need to stop allowing him to spread his un-Christ-like message in their dioceses. Below is an extensive list of things he has said or done. For instance, Fr. Martin...
- Wants active homosexuals to be “invited into parish ministries” like eucharistic ministers.
- Once claimed “some” saints were “probably gay.”
- Told a gay Catholic journalist that he hopes that during the exchange of peace at mass “you will be able to kiss your partner or soon to be your husband. Why not? What’s the terrible thing?”
- Tweeted support for transgender bathrooms, claiming that “It doesn't hurt anybody" which bathroom "they" choose to use.
- Believes God made “LGBTQ people…who they are.”
- Wants the Catechism’s use of the term “intrinsically disordered” scrapped. He believes it is “needlessly hurtful" to homosexuals and thinks “differently ordered” is preferable because it is more “pastoral.”
- Has said a Catholic attending a same-sex “wedding” is just as acceptable as a Catholic attending a Jewish wedding.
- Claims to have discovered a "very high correlation between people who are against [same-sex marriage] and people who are in fact homophobic."
- Received an award from a pro-homosexual group for his “lasting contributions to the safety and/or equality of people who are LGBTQ, their families, and allies.”
- Thinks the Church should recognize the “special gifts” homosexuals bring to the Church because of their sexual attractions.
- Claims the Bible has been taken out of "context” in its condemnation of homosexual acts.
- Urged homosexual priests to “come out” as “LGBT” in order to facilitate “dialogue” with bishops.
- Praised the “fidelity” of a “married” transgender couple and wondered what the Church can “learn” from them.
- Retweeted a liberal journalist who complained priests can’t bless “committed gay couples.”
- Was given the “Bridge Building Award” at the 2016 gathering of the pro-gay New Ways Ministry, a dissident group censure by the Vatican and the U.S. Bishops Conference.
Ongoing vaccine endorsement
Pope Francis has made a point of issuing appeals for vaccines to be distributed widely and easily across the world. Such a theme was a feature both of his 2020 Christmas Urbi et Orbi address, and his recent Easter message, in which he called for vaccines to be distributed to all, especially “in the poorest countries.”
Pope Francis subsequently made another surprise visit to the Vatican’s vaccination center, this time on his patronal feast of St. George, when he visited the staff and vaccine recipients in the Paul VI hall to support the vaccination drive.
Earlier this year, Francis said that it was a moral duty to take the injection. “I believe that, ethically, everyone should take the vaccine,” he declared. “It must be done.”
Francis’ endorsement of the injection comes despite growing reports of adverse effects and even deaths, following the injection. Last week The Defender reported that the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S., now reports 411,931 total adverse events following the COVID-19 injection, including 6,985 deaths and 34,065 serious injury reports.
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