Even if you’re an atheist or mostly despise organized religion as I do, you can’t help but be enamored by Pope Francis. In fact, one might even go so far as to suggest that he’s an atheist himself. I mean, never before have we witnessed a pope so connected to the people, embracing science, and opposed to the stodgy dogma of the Catholic Church. Naturally, he’s hated by Republicans since he’s not carrying out the teachings of Republican Jesus, who lives in the Cayman Islands and bankrolls the Kochs.
But Pope Frankie is really going to give sanctimonious, right-wing scolds a massive coronary as he prepares to have his first public meeting with a married gay activist. Yeah, it’s a big f*cking deal!
The activist is Simón Cazal, executive director of the Paraguayan LGBT rights groupSOMOSGAY, who married another SOMOSGAY activist, Sergio López, in neighboring Argentina in 2012. Though the pope has reportedly held pastoral meetings with some LGBT people, this meeting marks the first time he will publicly meet with an LGBT political activist.
Cazal received an invitation on June 4 from the committee of the Paraguayan bishops’ conference to participate in a roundtable with the pope and civil society leaders. The invitation — provided to BuzzFeed News by SOMOSGAY — said it was extended in recognition of the “high impact of your organization on Paraguayan society.” The meeting will be held on July 11 in the capital, Asunción.
López told BuzzFeed News that the invitation came as a total surprise — the group had not requested to be included in the meeting. Paraguay also is one of the few South American countries where no protections exist for LGBT people or same-sex couples; their marriage in Argentina has no legal force in their country.
The activist sees much greatness in this pope and is hoping that he speaks of the violence targeting LGBT people “since the OAS repression went completely unnoticed and unrecognized by the church here.” LGBT protesters supporting a resolution supportive of LGBT rights when they clashed with religious conservative protesters before the beginning of a meeting of the Organization of American States in Asunción last year. Moreover, it seems that LGBT protesters, supporting a resolution supportive of LGBT rights, clashed with violent religious conservative protesters during a meeting of the Organization of American States in Asunción last year. Worse yet, the repressions took place during a catholic march, according to Lopez.
During his nascent reign as the Holy Pope, Pope Francis has sown more tolerance and compassion than the entire Republican Congress has in years. Better still, his very Jesuit embrace of an ascetic lifestyle means he cares more about the needs of the people.
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