PinkNews, a popular online news source for the global LGBT+ community, praised one of Pope Francis’ new appointments for cardinal, Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy, stating that the Pope had “named a pro-LGBT+ bishop as cardinal” and that “LGBT+ advocates are celebrating” the selection.
On Sept. 1, Pope Francis announced that he was appointing 13 new clerics to the rank of cardinal, which means they will be able to vote for the next Pope when the time arrives. Such appointments usually indicate the direction the Pope wants the Church to follow.
“LGBT+ advocates are celebrating after the Pope elevated a leading pro-gay bishop to the College of Cardinals,” stated PinkNews on Sept. 5.
The news outlet also quoted a tweet from pro-LGBT Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit, like Pope Francis.
“Pope Francis has also named Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna as a cardinal!” wrote Fr. Martin. “He is a great supporter of #LGBT Catholics and wrote the foreword for the Italian version of my book “Building a Bridge” (“Un Ponte da Costruire,” published by Marcianum Press).”
Archbishop Zuppi praised Fr. Martin’s book, endorsing it as a “new pastoral attitude” for LGBT Catholics.
The National Catholic Register said of Fr. Martin’s book, “The real purpose of this book is to advocate for a relaxation of the Church’s teaching that sodomy is gravely immoral and that any attraction to commit acts of sodomy is an objective disorder in one’s personality. Father Martin rejects the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that the ‘inclination’ to ‘homosexual tendencies’ is ‘objectively disordered.'”