Report: Pope Francis ‘Shocked’ by Same-Sex Adoption Proposal

Bishop says Pope 'encouraged me to speak out'

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A bishop in Malta told local media that Pope Francis was “shocked” about a proposal to allow gay couples to adopt children there.

Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, an opponent of the proposal, told the Sunday Times of Malta that he discussed his concerns with the Pope on Dec. 12, and Scicluna said the Pontiff “encouraged me to speak out.”

Pope Francis, who ascended to the Papacy in March, has drawn attention for a reformist platform that includes a softer tone on issues like homosexuality. He was was named TIME’s Person of the Year this month and was on the cover of leading LGBT magazine The Advocate. 

But the Pope still opposes same-sex marriage and gay adoption, saying this year only that,  “If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.”

In fact, in 2010 he said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children, according to a profile by the National Catholic Reporter.

“Francis signals great change while giving the same answers to the uncomfortable questions,” TIME wrote in naming Pope Francis the Person of the Year.

135 comments
nosey
nosey

Gays and gay marriage is unnatural enough as it is. Adopting an unsuspecting child, and bringing it up in that marriage and then expecting the world to accept it as if it is natural, is asking too much. What is the world coming to. 

Thato Nakoesele Moupo
Thato Nakoesele Moupo

A child born heterosexual won't be gay because their parents were gay. Now Lukas Kobus, why do you say the guy being from Africa explains a lot.

Hugo Moreira
Hugo Moreira

Too many retards in one single post. At least half of them had the decency to clean up after their own verbal diarrhoea.

Judith Williama
Judith Williama

gays are born that cause science says so,,nothing to do with Christian,,why blame that because you disagree??

Robert Coe
Robert Coe

jesus much attack such hate on opinion very american

Yazmin Gooren
Yazmin Gooren

"language" and "vulgarity" are but trivial matters in the face of the rampant lack of compassion and excess of bigotry present in this thread

Atanu Nath
Atanu Nath

C'mon he is pope... by default reljgious.. a bible man...what do you expect from him ? A warm welcome ?

Cyprian Akem
Cyprian Akem

Interesting.Notice that there is no mention of same sex raising of offspring.Were your parents of the same sex?

Marco Antonio Coronado
Marco Antonio Coronado

Homosexual adoption should never be considered a viable option for raising children. A family consists of a marriage between a man, a woman, their offspring, and adopted children.

Hiryu Kimiko Okubo
Hiryu Kimiko Okubo

there is no defensible position against denying gay people the right to adopt children. 'one man's morality should never by way of ideology become another's legality'.

Bertha Hernandez
Bertha Hernandez

Anal Sex Is Not Healthy...Not Natural ... It Is Masoquistic

Lukas Kubus
Lukas Kubus

In order for something to be a disorder, it must cause harm to someone's health or lower their quality of life. How does having a different color of the skin, of the eyes, hair, being left-handed or having a different sexual orientation, harm anyone's health? The urge to bully others does.

Marcus Barrera
Marcus Barrera

"Homosexuality is a mental disorder, it is a form of arrested development."- Sigmund Freud

Rohan Ramlogan
Rohan Ramlogan

"Ever seen uttered"??? Wow! well blame straight people then, they're the ones that keep having gay babies.

Chase Alexander
Chase Alexander

oh shut up. You obviously don't know anything about evolution and nature, since homoesexuality has been shown to be present in both.

Claudia P. Blum
Claudia P. Blum

I highly doubt that. Does that mean we are done atacking Muslims now and moving on to catholics?

Locutus Lopan Yin
Locutus Lopan Yin

so if homosexuals are born that way, shouldnt we consider it a disorder?

Jamie Cisneros
Jamie Cisneros

The Pope is only progressive for a pope. That is all.

Emmanuel Attard Cassar
Emmanuel Attard Cassar

I am shocked by the fact that some people are shocked that some others have a different opinion. "Shocking" is a trendy term these days.

Sophie Damas
Sophie Damas

Wake up. Conventionality is of the pass. He should not be shock with all the molesters among the priests. Now a day, our mind is open to an all new level. So shock, pleaaaase!!

Johnny Peteru
Johnny Peteru

Time im shocked your talking up the pope so much and excluding why the last bloke handed in his pointy hat . Im no journalist thats your job Time , now run off & get a real headliner .

Little Manly
Little Manly

Too late Popey. It is happening around the World.

Claire Pearman
Claire Pearman

Bridget Nwachukwu which language are you writing in?

Ega Lal Moses
Ega Lal Moses

Religion did not come to be changed by the people, but to change people

Ega Lal Moses
Ega Lal Moses

u never understood that man from day1! The Jesus he stands 4, shared with sinners but never approved of their actions. The Pope wants sinners to come to church &repent not to change the teachings of the church as u want!

Manuel Ponce
Manuel Ponce

And then they want innocent children to be accustomed to that since an early age

Manuel Ponce
Manuel Ponce

Now they want recognition and honor to sodomize each other: gay marriage

Jennifer Fackelman
Jennifer Fackelman

This thread is evidence that mankind is nasty and hateful. You should be ashamed for your language and vulgarity.

Manuel Ponce
Manuel Ponce

More acceptance? Gays parade half naked all over the planet

Drew S Brown
Drew S Brown

Ignorance is bliss! Love, peace and acceptance is the true path to follow... And if not learn tolerance and forgiveness! The forgiveness part is solely for the mind of the ignorant close-minded people above. ;)

JoanneJourdain
JoanneJourdain

Your point is valid; however, there are enough studies out there that clearly show growing up in a gay household has no more adverse effect than growing up in a hetersexual household.  Once the proof is out there, then the arguments are reduced to pure prejudism.

JoanneJourdain
JoanneJourdain

Although your comments don't address the issue, I'd like to point out that anal sex is also common practice among hetersexuals and is not considered masochistic.  Just clarifying the issue, nothing more.

JoanneJourdain
JoanneJourdain

Sorry, but Freud has been discounted for years.  He's still taught in beginning psychology classes but only because he was considered one of the first to delve into this field.  Forget not that he was human and had his own prejudisms.  Homosexuality hasn't been considered a mental disorder for decades.

NeilCameron
NeilCameron

That 93 year old idea is one of many many old ideas and concepts that have been debunked and utterly discredited over the past century.


JoanneJourdain
JoanneJourdain

Why can't love produce a child for many heterosexual couples?  For the record....... many lesbians do have children so adoption isn't necessary.  Many gay men tried to live heterosexual lives, had children, and then realized they were homosexual.  Homosexuals with children isn't new.

atnojulian
atnojulian

Homosexuality is not everywhere. In those countries it is present you will find the death of a civilization very soon. there are voyeuristic tendencies in children and later many find it to be wrong and get over it. Does it mean that a tendency is present in a person so it is normal. Homosexuality is a tendency that should be overcome. sodomy is unnatural.

JoanneJourdain
JoanneJourdain

Heaven forbid they should be treated like the human beings they are!!  They harm no one, it's time they have full and equal rights.

NeilCameron
NeilCameron

Go down to the beach. Straights are parading half naked everywhere too.