Francis puts a kind face on bigotry, Fred Shirley, but as The Advocate and the Human Rights Campaign both point out, he’s done nothing of substance to improve life for gay Catholics.

Nothing has gotten better.

In fact, arguably, his lockdown on gay seminarians makes the Catholic Church a less welcoming place for LGBTQ people, and not a more welcoming place.

Of course that all stems from a Church doctrine that Francis has done nothing to change, that gay people are “intrinsically disordered.”

It simply doesn’t work to call us defective (and even depraved) and then mewl on about respect.

The dissonance in that position is unworkably profound.

By the way, I didn’t include this in my article, but did you know that the Catholic Church in the UK refused to join the Anglican Church in endorsing Theresa May’s proposed legislative ban on gay conversion therapy?

I learned that happy tidbit while researching this article.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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