So…Let’s get to know each other right now guys.
I was raised Catholic. I went to a Jesuit high school. I am going to a Jesuit college.
We have a new Pope who has been identified as a Jesuit.
Now I could tell you the long and fascinating history of the Jesuits, an order started by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
But that’s not what most of you are thinking about. Most people are wandering the stances Pope Francis I is going to take regarding gay rights, women’s rights and a whole host of other social issues. Mostly you’re wondering about the gay rights part.
And I agree to your curiosity. Part of the reason I’m a lapsed Catholic now is because I’m also pansexual and it’s frowned upon by the Church. I can’t help the way I was born.
I was happy when I found out that the new Pope is a Jesuit. Jesuits are an order that believe in academics. Most priests I knew in high school and college had a master’s degree, at least. They are smart guys. They do the research and make informed decisions.
They are also more accepting. There is a bit of tense relationship because sometimes Jesuits question the Vatican on their views of homosexuality and women’s rights (reproductive and deaconship). The priests I knew in high school and college are totally fine with the LGBT community. We have an on-campus GSA at my Jesuit college. There is a board dedicated to helping LGBT students called “RESPECT” that was founded after what happened to Tyler Clementi with two priests on it. All of the Jesuits I have known just want people to be happy, well-educated and to be loved by God.
They want us to be “men and women for others” regardless of who we are helping.
Also, they’re the priests that become exorcists. Seriously president of my old high school was a former exorcist.
However, then I found this quote by Pope Francis I, back when he was a Cardinal, when Argentina was legalizing same sex marriage back in 2010.
“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
I swear the Jesuits I know are not like this.
This? This makes me upset. I get it. The guy is 76 years old and set in his ways. Fine.
However, my question is how can a Pope be a Jesuit who teach “men and women for others” if he himself alienates the other people in that equation?
And that is why I became a lapsed Catholic.
Look, the times are changing rapidly. The Church talks about how they need to get younger members.
The younger members they want believe that the Church is backwards because of how they discriminate against homosexuals and again with women’s rights. Other religions, for the most part, have adapted to the changing times. We have female reverends. We have gay reverends. We have churches that readily accept gay couples. These are the faiths that young people flock toward.
It’s all about acceptance.
Catholic Church you need to accept more.