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6 Times You Were Flat-Out Lied To About Pope Francis

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Ahead of the Pope’s visit to the United States, a trip that will be wrought with sound-bytes, drama, and press releases, I thought it would be fitting to put together a short list of instances where the Holy Father has been completely taken out of context or mis-reported (flat-out lied about) by the national media and press corps.

Here, in a somewhat chronological order, are Pope Francis’ “beliefs”:

1. Homosexual acts are not sins.

“Who am I to judge?”

I start with this first quote due to its quintessential role in the growth of the media love-affair that has since swelled around Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis. The quote was widely reported on and swept the United States by storm, who in its cathartic jaundice, were absolutely jubilated that the Catholic faith had finally embraced the lifestyle choices of same-sex individuals.

The truth could not be farther. In fact, the media went so far as to hide the entire quotation (try finding it in any news article):

“Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?”

Shortly before his passing, Cardinal Francis George indicated that the quotation “has been very misused . . . because he was talking about someone who has already asked for mercy and been given absolution. . . . That’s entirely different than talking [about] someone who demands acceptance rather than asking for forgiveness.”

Want proof? The Holy Father rebuked the French government in April of this year when it attempted to install an openly gay envoy, Laurent Stefanini. Francis allegedly criticized the brute nature of the nomination and the French people’s acceptance of the same-sex marriage law. This got very little press as you might imagine.

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