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New pope should be more gay-friendly, says rights group

11th February 2013, Comments10 comments

The world's oldest existing homosexual rights group said Monday it hoped Pope Benedict XVI's successor would be friendlier to gays and lesbians.

"We're not sad," the Amsterdam-based COC's spokesman Philip Tijsma told AFP after the 85-year-old pontiff's shock resignation announcement.

"All we hope for is that the new pope will be a little kinder towards LGBT's (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) in the Church, but also in the world in general," he said.

The new pope "should be less obsessed with the question of homosexuality," Tijsma added, saying Pope Benedict repeatedly spoke out against gay marriage.

Benedict called in a December speech for Catholics to "fight" to maintain the traditional family consisting of a father, mother and children, saying a transformation was threatening mankind itself.

"The Catholic Church recently said it wanted to fight discrimination," said Tijsma. "We believe this is a great opportunity."

"The new pope should focus in particular on problems encountered in Russia and Uganda, where gay rights are constantly being violated," he added.

The Netherlands in 2001 became the first-ever country to legalise gay marriage and several other countries have followed suit.

© 2013 AFP

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  • 12th February 2013, 09:54:52 yank posted:
    Seems to me the Pope can be pro or anti just about anything he wants. The Catholic church is not a government agency nor is anyone required to be a member. The Pope can be in favor of mandatory death at age 30 (as in "Logan's Run") if he wants and for all I care. He can eat kittens too. -- Let Catholic's worry about the Pope and let COC worry about its members.
  • 12th February 2013, 10:47:56 Grumpy old man posted:
    Believe it or not (COC) its not just the catholic church that disagrees with gay marriage. But, should one disagree with the homosexual agenda, one soon discovers how ill tolerant the gay lobby is to alternative points of view. The social engineering of our society at present and the indoctrination of our children will bear no fruit in the next few decades. And, no, I am not a bigot!, I simply do not agree? The next Pope is entitled to stand strong on his points of view, and many hopes that he does just that, non Christians too?
  • 12th February 2013, 11:50:28 carrico posted:
    Exactly, yank and Grumpy old man. However, let's not assume the new pope will be a 'he.'
  • 12th February 2013, 13:26:03 Grumpy old man posted:

    Don't be ridiculous, he is Peter 's successor, and Peter was chosen along with the other Apostles for good reasons. Modern day feminism is wrong in this respect? Some things are sacred?
  • 14th February 2013, 08:10:25 osita posted:
    The Catholic church, as other religions, picks and chooses from the original 'scrolls' as suits their doctrine (who knows if women were disciples? The scrolls were just fragments, and not a complete novel and the story was built around these fragments....). It suits them to have the man 'rule' and is intolerant of anything that stops the next generation of sheeple/followers being restricted in any way. So man-man/woman-woman is a waste, in their eyes, of breeding material and would never be condoned, in the same way that contraception continues to be discouraged, thus encouraging the sheeple into yet more poverty.

    It does worry be when people talk about a 'gay agenda'; it goes with 'a feminist agenda' or 'a black agenda'. Nobody chooses how they are born - not sex, colour, or sexuality - these are unchangeable. What a tolerant society does is ACCEPT this fact, and makes it easier for those who simply have no attraction to members of the opposite sex from living in sham marriages for a lifetime, and gives them the chance to find a soulmate of their own gender and find happiness.

    No, the next Pope won't be a woman and won't change doctrine of the Catholic church. Let's hope he has the common sense however to deal swiftly with the modern realities of life in this ever changing world, and to say nothing on controversial topics until such time his frocked men are amenable to real change. More scandals like the paedopriests will shock them into change, willing or not.

    And every year that they fail to adapt, organised religions are doing everything to facilitate their own sheeple from turning their backs on the church(es), finding instead their own personal faith in other ways, or becoming more concerned with living this life, and not spending 90 years preparing for the (alleged) next one.
  • 18th February 2013, 10:55:55 carrico posted:
    brilliant, Osito.
  • 19th February 2013, 17:31:03 rukkle posted:
    Article: Two Papal Candidates Gay Rights Advocates Should Know About

  • 20th February 2013, 12:59:42 Glashelder posted:
    The homosexual, Trojan horse?

  • 20th February 2013, 13:20:36 Gabriel posted:
    It is what it is. Enough time has passed for internal and external reports to be published for public scrutiny. GENEVA, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in the US and abroad was a matter of homosexuals preying on adolescent boys, not one of pedophilia, said the Vatican's representative at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. It is "more correct," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, to speak of ephebophilia, a homosexual attraction to adolescent males, than pedophilia, in relation to the scandals. No point in taking it so personally, it's just a fact.


  • 22nd February 2013, 19:00:53 pepec posted:
    Gabriel, Lifesitenews is a site by a conservative christian group. Daily Mail is a [edited by moderator] right wing news site. Do you maybe have some credible sources to back up your claims?

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