The Catholic Church is among the world’s most important institutions and its beliefs and actions impact the lives of untold millions of people. These days the only important news emerging from what happens in the Vatican, all too often revolve around issues of sexual conduct. At a time when Pope Francis should be focusing the Catholic Church upon new directions, day after day, there are stories concerning the existence of a gay network within the Vatican itself. Elmar Mader, former head of the Swiss Guards who protect the Vatican, admitted to a Swiss newspaper that within the Vatican, there is a network of homosexuals. “My experience would indicate the existence of such a thing. A Guard told the same newspaper that he had been the object of 20 “unambiguous sexual requests.”
There must arrive a moment when Pope Francis can shift the conversation away from whether or not there are homosexual priests to one in which the Catholic Church accepts the presence of homosexuality as part of the human experience. Ironically, many homosexuals seek to become members of the Catholic Church at a time when millions are drifting away. Why not welcome them into the fold of Christianity??