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posted Friday, September 4, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 36
Pope doesn't like Gay penguins after all
Form letter misrepresented his views, Vatican says
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Pope doesn't like Gay penguins after all
Form letter misrepresented his views, Vatican says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sorry, but Pope Francis doesn't think Gay penguins are cute, the Vatican said in an official statement released August 28.

According to Catholic officials, a form letter sent by the Pope's office to an Italian author led to media reports that Francis gave his blessing to children's books depicting LGBT families in a favorable light. That could not be further from the truth, the Vatican said.

The story began in June when newly-elected Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro banned books featuring same-sex couples from his city's schools.

More than 1,000 copies of And Tango Makes Three, about a Gay penguin couple raising a chick, were removed from circulation, along with 250 copies of Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) by Italian author Francesca Pardi. Pardi's book tells the tale of an egg who encounters a variety of family set ups including Gay penguins, Lesbian rabbits, a mixed-race dog couple, an inter-species adoption between kangaroos and polar bears, and a single parent hippo.

Pardi responded to the ban by sending copies of several of her children's books to Pope Francis with a letter explaining that she is part of a same-sex couple raising a child. She asked for the Pope's support.

Monsignor Brian Wells, Councilor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See - essentially a papal secretary - then sent Pardi a thank you letter.

'His Holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,' the letter said.

European media outlets then reported that the Pope had given his blessing to books depicting Gay families, and the story spread to LGBT websites world-wide.

Not so fast, the Vatican said, the Pope was misquoted.

'In no way is the letter from the Secretariat of State intended to endorse behaviors and teachings that are not in line with the Gospel,' Vatican spokesperson Father Ciro Benedettini wrote on August 28.

'The Pope's blessing at the end of the letter is to the person, and not to the teachings which are not in line with Church doctrine on gender theory, which in no way has changed, as the Holy Father has recently confirmed many times.'

It was 'completely out of place to manipulate the content of the letter,' he added.

Pardi herself told reporters she was surprised to receive the letter from the Vatican, but added she didn't think it meant that the Church's stand against same-sex families had changed.

'It's not that I think that [the Pope] is for gay families, because there's the Catholic doctrine, but we mustn't think that we don't have rights,' she said.

In her original letter to Francis, she explained the problems she encountered as a Lesbian mother.

'Many parishes across the country are in this period sullying our name and telling falsehoods about our work which deeply offends us,' she wrote.

'We have respect for Catholics ... A lot of Catholics give back the same respect, why can't we have the whole hierarchy of the church behind us?'

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