Monday, September 28, 2015

I have taken the key quote and read other stories related to the Reuters story and no one can quote the Pope as saying government officials performing ministerial duties can use conscientious objection as a basis to not perform a ministerial duty, let alone the Pope saying government officials can refuse as a human right to issue marriage license to gay couples.  It never happened and Reuters just fabricated the story.
"Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience."
Now the question and answer:
"On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays.
"Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right," Francis said."

Qualifier to Answer:

""I can't have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right," he said, speaking in Italian."

At no time did Pope Francis give the reporters a specific example of when conscientious objection would form a basis for a government worker to not perform their duties.  This Pope is not stupid - if he wanted to agree that it included refusing to issue marriage licenses he would have.

The question is like, how often do you beat your wife?  When a question includes examples the responder is not necessarily agreeing with the examples if they answer the substance of the question which in this case was conscientious objection.

Further Pope Francis went out of his way to qualify his answer with "I can't have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, ..."  Why?  To void being locked into examples.

It is bad enough Reuters chose to fabricate this story, but then the Huffington Post which has become the false gay blade of internet news chooses to join in to promote a lie.  This does not help the cause for equality.  Misquoting the Pope is a shameless act and both Reuters and the Huffington Post should retract the stories with a full apology.


Anonymous said...

So what if he did say it? He has no civil authority. This is just an extension of doctrine. Why would it be surprising?

BobbyWC said...

the point of the story is the press lied. That should bother you, but apparently it does not.

There is no evidence he said it. If he did then that would be a different question. But this Pope is way too smart to make such a statement and the evidence shows he never made it. It is a 100% fabricated story on the gay marriage issue.

Now of course we know the Church opposes it - that is a given - but from a doctrine point of view we have no statement from the church as to whether those charges with issuing marriage licenses are free to ignore their job based on faith.

Again this Pope is not stupid - he knew the door which would be open - "Catholics are not real Christians so based on faith I will not issue them a marriage license." The Pope gets this - in terms of military service the objection has long been recognized if you can prove your convictions are real

Bobby WC