Until yesterday, I had wanted to write a hope-filled blog post about Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines this weekend. On Wednesday and Thursday, I had been reading articles about the great expectation for his visit building in this nation with the third largest Catholic population in the world (behind Brazil and Mexico, and followed by the U.S.). There has been much good news lately about Filipino church leaders speaking out for LGBT people.
But then yesterday, the news broke that in one of his talks in the Philippines, Pope Francis decried the “ideological colonization” of the family, of which journalist John Allen said that a Vatican spokesman told him that “at least in part, the pope had gay marriage in mind.”
Joshua McElwee of The National Catholic Reporter provided the details of the statement, made at a meeting of families:
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