ROME (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has once again snubbed the Catholic Church’s stance on sexuality and displayed the LGBT rainbow flag to kick off so-called “pride month.”
“The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See celebrates #PrideMonth with the Pride flag on display during the month of June,” the embassy said in a tweet reiterating the Biden administration’s support of “LGBTQI+ rights.”
The embassy similarly flew the rainbow flag for “pride month” last June and repeatedly posted social media messages backing the LGBT movement during the Obama administration.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken last year authorized U.S. embassies and consulates to fly the LGBT flag on the same pole as the American flag. The Trump administration, under the leadership of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, prohibited U.S. diplomatic missions from doing so, though LGBT symbols were permitted inside embassies.
Several commenters noted that the Catholic Church recognizes June as the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ and tweeted images of Jesus’ Sacred Heart at the embassy.
June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. pic.twitter.com/GjjxIFr52A
— Ultra Jose Galvan (@Jose_Galvan) June 1, 2022
— CatholicBrit🇻🇦🇬🇧 (@Englishpapist) June 1, 2022
Others accused the Biden administration of bigotry toward Catholics and pointed out that, despite the administration’s expressed commitment to LGBT ideology, it frequently declines to display LGBT symbols in Muslim-majority countries, presumably for fear of backlash.
“Let’s be clear: the Biden administration would never do this in an Islamic country. This is anti-Catholic bigotry,” Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted.
Let's be clear: the Biden administration would never do this in an Islamic country. This is anti-Catholic bigotry. https://t.co/jyTQbT80gW
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 1, 2022
The Catholic Church condemns homosexual behavior as gravely sinful, as it has since the time of the Apostles. The authoritative Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’” “Under no circumstances can they be approved,” it adds.
The Church additionally upholds the scientific reality that there are only two genders and affirms that God creates every human being either male or female. “By creating the human being man and woman, God gives personal dignity equally to the one and the other. Each of them, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity,” the Catechism reads.
Bishop Robert McElroy (right) is to be made a cardinal in August, despite his inaction on allegations against notorious ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
We all have a responsibility to speak up when serious wrongs are being brought to our attention, but McElroy didn't.
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The Bishop of San Diego was told about serious sexual wrongdoing by McCarrick in 2016 when psychotherapist Richard Sipe, who had interviewed numerous victims of McCarrick, sent him a detailed letter, but McElroy sat on that information and is now being made a cardinal.
Appointing him to the College of Cardinals is not only an insult to those who suffered clerical sex-abuse, but also to those who are intent on ridding the Church of such evil.
This decision to make McElroy a cardinal must be reversed, and the only way to make that happen is with pressure from the laity.
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Sipe told McElory that numerous seminarians and priests reported sexual advances and activity by McCarrick in a letter that also detailed extensive abuse by other clerics.
"I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick," the psychotherapist told McElroy in the 2016 letter, adding: "None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation."
McElroy, who claims there was no corroborating evidence, could have brought the allegations to the pope, or even to the Papal Nuncio, but instead ended the correspondence with Sipe, himself a clerical sex-abuse victim.
It would take another year for the truth about McCarrick to slowly emerge in public.
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Turning a blind eye to serious allegations of sexual wrongdoing is reprehensible in any context, but particularly when a bishop, a shepherd of souls, does so.
He also supports giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, contrary to the Church's teaching, while he has concelebrated LGBT Masses as bishop and claimed Fr. James Martin's attempt to normalize the LGBT ideology is "fully consonant with Catholic teaching".
The sad truth is that McElroy is not fit to continue as a bishop, let alone become a cardinal.
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The Biden administration’s current ambassador to the Holy See is Joe Donnelly, a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Indiana and self-professed “Catholic” who supports homosexual “marriage” and opposed President Trump’s ban on “transgender” individuals serving in the U.S. military.
Joe Biden on Tuesday also released a proclamation declaring the month of June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, And Intersex Pride Month.” The statement attacked a recent wave of popular state laws and policies that protect single-sex athletics, restrict chemical castration and surgical mutilation of minors, and prohibit gender-confused people from accessing private spaces designated for the opposite sex.
In the proclamation, Biden again called on Congress to pass the Equality Act, a radical bill that would enshrine same-sex “marriage” into federal law and establish “gender identity” and sexual orientation as federally protected classes. The legislation, backed by every congressional Democrat who identifies as “Catholic” except for West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, would explicitly strip religious protections provided for in the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.