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Bothered by Bishop Malloy

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

In another disappointing letter read to us during Mass, Bishop Malloy slammed the Illinois General Assembly for the passage into law of SB10, legalizing same-sex marriage in our state.

Malloy invoked an obscure quote from Pope Francis, at the time head of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, to justify his opposition to the bill. We knew Pope Francis’ recent stance on homosexuals – such as “Who am I to judge them?” and not to “interfere spiritually” in their lives – made many bishops and clergy worried. What we did not know was their level of desperation.

Apparently, Bishop Malloy is unable, or unwilling, to make sense of the prophetic nature of Pope Francis’ recent remarks on homosexuals and is doing everything he can to assure his followers that nothing has really changed. Those of us paying close attention to Pope Francis’ prophetic words, however, know exactly what his message compels us to do.

We need to stop this mixed message of love and condemnation; telling homosexuals they are made in the image and likeness of God, and yet their relationships, acting consistent to their nature, is fundamentally sinful.

As a baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church, I call upon Bishop Malloy to show true leadership and humility; to revert this irresponsible and anti-evangelical position of exclusion and condemnation of our homosexual brothers and sisters.

Let us pray for Bishop Malloy to imitate Pope Francis and Pope John XXIII. In other words, Jesus Galilean.

Angel R. Llavona

Algonquin

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