My friend Bob Belvedere sent along a post he wrote on remarks attributed to Pope Francis acknowledging that there is a “gay lobby” at the Vatican, referring to the Curia. Rorate Caeli broke the story, as I understand it. Belvedere quotes an article reprinted at Breitbart from UPI. Fox News reports on the unsourced comment. Over at Vatican reporter Rocco Palmo’s blog, Whispers in the Loggia, we read some details, too.
Here’s the quote about the “gay lobby” attributed to Pope Francis.
“In the Curia there are holy people, truly, there are holy people. But there’s also a current of corruption – there’s that, too, it’s true…. The ‘gay lobby’ is spoken of, and it’s true, that’s there… we need to see what we can do.
The reform of the Roman Curia is something that almost all the cardinals sought in the congregations before the Conclave. I sought it myself. [But] I can’t do the reform myself, these matters of management…. I’m very disorganized, I’ve never been good in this. But the cardinals of the commission are going to carry it forward. There’s [Oscar] Rodríguez Maradiaga, who carries the baton [as the group's coordinator], there’s [the Chilean Francisco Javier] Errázuriz, they’re very organized. The one from Munich [Reinhard Marx] is also very organized. They will take it forward…. Pray for me that I make the fewest mistakes possible.”
Um…wow? No, I’m not saying “wow” about the presence of the “gay lobby.” I knew that already. What I’m saying “wow” about is that the “reform of the Curia” seems to be moving alone fine. Thanks be to God…but who’s worried? Not me.
As is noted at Fox News, the quote above is not a direct quote from Pope Francis. There was no recording of the conversation which was between himself and the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious (CLAR), and the quote is written from the memory of someone in attendance. Nevertheless, it is news. It means something to a lot of folks. A lot of people will be happy about it. A lot of people will be angry about it. So it goes.
What, exactly, is meant by “gay lobby?” Reportedly, Pope Francis himself used this term, but I have no idea who coined the term. Maybe Rorate Caeli? That would be my guess. Anyway, there are a lot of rumors about things supposedly going on in the Curia. I don’t see any reason to mention them. I don’t really use the term, myself. I do know, however, that there are things that only the sheep know…and this is one of those things.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
They had no idea what Jesus was talking about…and you won’t either…unless you’re a sheep….so it won’t do much good for me to explain it to you. I am not the Shepherd. Jesus is. Get to know HIm better, and all of this will make a lot more sense to you. If you don’t know Jesus, some things just won’t make any sense at all.
So it is today that everyone wants to be a shepherd and no one wants to be a sheep. If you’re pretending to know Jesus but not listening to Him all the time, you’re going to forget who He really is. You’re going to drift away from Him. If you have drifted, no amount of explaining about the “gay lobby” is going to make sense to you, and if you have not drifted…you already know all there is to know.
Another way of putting it is as Peter Kreeft did in writing his Refutation of Moral Relativism, that we desire to measure alligators with our yardsticks, but we choose a yardstick that twists right along with the twisting alligator.
If the yardstick with which to measure the length of a twisting alligator is as twisting as the alligator, you cannot measure with it.
So it is with the moral relativist. Where a standard will always be considered as slippery as a twisting alligator, there is not going to be any rational debate or discussion about such things. As Kreeft said, “The relativist can condemn only moral absolutism..”
Even worse, I have learned, much to my dismay, that it is also true that there are those who have the right yardstick but they are afraid to measure the alligator, or they have some other reason for not wanting to measure the alligator. Those yardsticks are, I think, the “gay lobby,” in the Curia, in the blogosphere, in our parishes…all over the place. They’d be appalled, of course, if you called them the “gay lobby” which is why I try not to use that term. It’s probably the best term, though.
Again, this won’t make any sense to you at all…unless you’re a sheep.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
If you don’t understand any of this, fear not. I’m just a teeny tiny sheep. Baa baa baa.