Fox News: “The Vatican is confirming that the only “audience” the pope had while he was in Washington was with a former student and his family: Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who visited Francis with his longtime partner and some friends.
The revelation Friday turned the table on the narrative of Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk who went to jail after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
The Vatican on Friday distanced Francis from Davis, saying his encounter with her was by no means an endorsement of her cause. In the same statement, the Vatican said the only real audience the pope had was with a former student.
A Vatican assistant spokesman, the Rev. Thomas Rosica, confirmed the student was Grassi. A video posted online shows Grassi embracing the pope and introducing him to his partner, as well as an Argentine woman and some Asian friends.”
Opinion: Is the Pope Catholic? Having once been a Catholic, and having many relatives of our family still in the denomination, Pope Francis is causing a split between conservative and liberal Catholics not seen since the great schism of 1054 AD.
But if you have left the church, don’t expect an open dialogue with them; expect the Catholic members to talk about these issues only among themselves, for now.
Make no mistake, this is painful for conservative Catholics. The Pope’s early words, “who am I to judge?” in reference to gay people in the church, and for atheists to “obey their conscience” to find salvation, was explained away with conservative talking points like “he didn’t mean it that way” or “there is no daylight between the Pope and same-sex marriage”, but the meeting with a same-sex “family” will not be so easy.
Breitbart writer Ben Shapiro said this: “Clearly, the Pope believes that his need for leftist media approval to push his leftist agenda – radical environmentalism, redistributionism, pacifism – trumps emphasis on key elements of Catholic doctrine. If Francis has to buy off the press with stories ripping Kim Davis and championing papal tolerance for homosexual couples, that’s because he has something bigger at play. Evidence continues to mount that Pope Francis is a devotee of liberation theology, the Marxist theology prominent in Latin America and decried by Pope John Paul II (“does not tally with the church’s catechism”) and Pope Benedict XVI (“singular heresy”).
Conservative Catholics still revere Pope John Paul and yearn for the time when another hero of conservatism will put an end to the current turmoil. After all, didn’t John Paul partner with Reagan and Thatcher to help collapse the Soviet Union?
But this is a different time. The world is witnessing the birth pangs spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24:8.
Nations are lining up for wars that were prophesied as long as 3000 years ago and since Bible prophecy is virtually ignored in most churches, few are even remotely aware of the signs of the times, just as Peter prophesied 2000 years ago:
“Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4
And don’t blame just the Catholics. Protestants and Evangelicals alike are ignoring the signs in the same way that the teachers of the law did when they were rebuked by Jesus:
“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.” Matthew 16:1-4