Pope Francis Warred with Argentina's President Over Gay Marriage

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected today as the 266th Pope and the first from the Americas. Taking the name Pope Francis I, church watchers expect his election to reaffirm Catholicism's place in Latin America and its role as a missionary church.

But Bergoglio's failed effort in 2010 to stop Aregntina from becoming the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage illustrates the church's lessening moral influence in a changing world.

Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner championed the bill in 2010, while her husband Nestor Kirchner, who had preceded her as president, spearheaded the bill through the legislature. Polls at the time showed that almost 70 percent of Argentinians supported same-sex marriage, and many theorized Fernández championed the bill as a way to shore up support before her 2011 reelection. It appeared to work, as she is currently serving her second term. This despite the fact that nearly 90 percent of the country is Catholic.

But the no- Pope Francis became one of the leading voice against the bill in the country. As Cardinal of Buenos Aries, Francis helped organize protests against the same-sex marriage bill.

"Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," Francis wrote. "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."

Fernandez, a Roman Catholic herself, shot back, saying his remarks were "really reminiscent of the times of the Inquisition."

"They are portraying this as a religious moral issue and as a threat to 'the natural order,' when what we are really doing is looking at a reality that is already there," she told the New York Times of the church's stance. "It would be a terrible distortion of democracy if they denied minorities their rights."

Ultimately, the bill passes and Fernandez signed it into law.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

They're against abortion and they're against homosexuals. Well who has less abortions than homosexuals?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Pope Francis was born to - Italian parents who are immigrants to Argentinian. No different then one has to be born in American to be an American citizen. 

But His heritage lineage is Italian Argentinian- who resides in Latin America

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The whole line that marriage existed before governments is utter bullshitt. You know what marriage was then, it was a contract between a man and the woman's father.It used to be about owning a woman and joining families together for power and property.Why do you care if somebody wants to marry who they love?" Same sex marriage should be legal. The fact that it's illegal is embarrassing.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Why keep trotting out this Jorge Mario Bergoglio character? He has nothing to say and basically no one gives a fuck.People who accuse or hate others of being gay are often covering up their own latent homosexuality.As far as I’m concerned, humans have not come up with a belief that’s worth believing


Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Rogo, you're a piece of shit. There, I said what everyone who read your post pretty much was thinking.

Spiritual777
Spiritual777

If there is any idiot it is those that do not recognize the laws beyond those of man.  No greater idiot than that.  It is not the people, catholic, the church, or the Pope that defined marriage it was God.  If you think you can break the laws of God the only one your hurting is yourself.  But I doubt you have any clue on what I am talking about.  UUUUUHHHHHHHH!!!!!! 

Chris Ball
Chris Ball

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Rogo Sisk
Rogo Sisk

Since when is pro-assive same as progressive? What is so wonderful about all this homo-business? I understand homos are born homo, but why 'celebrate' and elevate that sort of thing? Is it good for a guy to ram his penis into a fecal hole of another guy? Is fecal penetration between men so beautiful? What is all this 'equality' stuff? Is gay fecal penetration between men of equal biological value or moral value as real sex involving men and women and proper sexual organs? Anus is an exit meant for pooing. Biology made the vagina to be complementary to the penis. Name a single organism, man or animal, that was created by a male buggering another male in the ass? Also, ass-ramming or fecal penetration increases the chance of rectal cancer 8 times. If 'gay marriage' is of equal value as real marriage, then we might as well say that witch doctors are of equal value as real doctors and that creationism is of equal value as the real science of evolution. And if you guys are for 'gay marriage', are you also for 'same family marriage' or 'incest marriage'? If not, why not? If you say any two people should be able to marry, why not son and mother, sister and brother, father and daughter, or gay brother and gay brother? Isn't opposing 'same family marriage' incestophobic if we follow your 'progressive' logic? You idiots need to get your head straight. The reason why we have all this gay shit is because gays are very powerful and privileged and are way over-represented in elite institutions. Also, they are the favored group of Jews who own 95% of the media. And Jews also control the elite academia and courts. All the Ivy League schools are totally dominated by Jews. Out of top 23 universities in the US, the presidents and deans of 21 are all Jewish. Now, why do Jews push for 'gay marriage'? It's because Jews are only 2% of the population but rule this nation as a minority elite. This sort of arrangement is unnatural. It's like how the British minority used to rule over Asian-Indians. So, Jews wanna get us gentiles used to the idea of the minority elite ruling over us majority. Jews figure that if most people who are straight can be pressured to accept gayness as wonderful and mainstream, then stupid gentiles can be kept as sheep and made to go along with the Jewish elite control of society. But you dummies are too stupid to understand any of this since you've been brainwashed to be politically correct by public education, media, and entertainment culture you are so addicted to. But who controls all those institutions? Powerful Jews and privileged gays. Wake up dummies.

Jferever Dilligaf Gonz
Jferever Dilligaf Gonz

God Bless America, and free speech lol..........and the children......they never forget about the children.....

Sabrina Gomez-Castañeda
Sabrina Gomez-Castañeda

I don't think the Catholic church will ever accept gay marriage. At least soon enough. I don't get why this is an issue because you have to know there is a slim chance they will do. Just saying.

HurrDurrman
HurrDurrman

"Oh No! What a shocker! A pope against gay marriage!!!!" lol. This publication is such a joke. 

HurrDurrman
HurrDurrman

This guy is your average Cuban. A complete idiot, so not surprise there

Vickie Soto Rechel
Vickie Soto Rechel

@JfereverGonz - making blanket generalizations like that is sooo very naive and plain STUPID! I'm sure we can find quite a few Buddhists who enjoy little boys as well! Get your head out of your ARSE!

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