Pope Francis allegedly tells homosexual activist to ‘continue’ work with ‘LGBT Catholics’ by Kennedy Hall for Life Site News
‘We need more people like you,’ Pope Francis told the dissident activist, who is in a same-sex ‘marriage.’
VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis told a homosexual activist and theology professor to continue in his efforts to make the Church more open to homosexual unions during a private visit in May.
Professor Aaron Bianco, who is in a same-sex “marriage,” attended the International Conference on Moral Theology in Rome, which occurred between May 11-14, as an invited guest.
The conference was held by the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute and organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. It focused on Amoris Laetitia for the fifth anniversary of the Pope’s controversial apostolic exhortation on the family.
The Los Angeles Times ran a story on Bianco’s interaction with Pope Francis while at the conference. Bianco was “coached” on how to interact with the Pope, and was told to not bow or genuflect or to kiss his ring as it “makes him angry,” but was told to take off his mask in order to show his face.
He told the Pope: “I work with LGBT Catholics in the United States, and I want to thank you for speaking up that all people should feel welcome in the church.”
According to Bianco, Francis told him: “You need to continue that work because they need to feel welcome in the church, and we need more people like you.”
Bianco teaches in the University of San Diego’s theology and religious studies department, and was in Rome giving a presentation on Catholics who identify as LGBT. He previously served as program outreach associate for heretical organization Call to Action, which supports same-sex “marriage.”
He presented his paper and made it clear to the audience that he was a “gay man living in a committed relationship for 17 years.”
Part of his presentation focused on LGBT couples who have lived in homosexual relationships while outwardly practicing as Catholics. He spoke of one lesbian couple who were said to have avoided attending Mass because they risked “the pain of being denied the Eucharist” due to the fact they lived in grave contravention to Church law.