Commentary: You're wrong, Pope Francis, about gay couples

Patrick T. Reardon, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Religious News

Perhaps, Pope Francis, you’ve heard Randy Newman’s 1977 song, “Short People.” He wrote it as an over-the-top parody of prejudice, but a goodly number of people thought he meant what he sang — that “short people got no reason to live,” that shortness was a kind of sin.

That sounds silly, doesn’t it? Well, if Sally’s attracted to Nancy and not to Norman, where’s the sin? It’s her body, her chemistry or whatever, that pulls her toward the girl and not the guy.

Isn’t that like being short or tall?

You made more sense, Holy Father, last year when you said, “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”

Now, though, your Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says, “The blessing of homosexual unions cannot be considered licit.” That’s going to make a lot of people, Catholics and non-Catholics, straight and not-straight, “miserable,” to use your word, Pope Francis.


The First Epistle of John (1 John 4:16) tells us: “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

That, to my mind, is another way of saying: Love is love.


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