Pope Francis Named “Person of the Year” by World’s Biggest Gay Magazine
By Julio Severo
Praises keep knocking at the door of Pope Francis, who was named “Person of the Year” by The Advocate, the world’s biggest homosexual magazine.
It is the second tribute that the pope has received in a week. On December 11, he was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”
In its headline, The Advocate highlighted Francis’ statement, made during a June interview: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”
“Pope Francis’ stark change in rhetoric from his two predecessors... makes what he’s done in 2013 all the more daring,” The Advocate editors wrote, noting that both John Paul II and Benedict XVI had been listed among the magazine’s “Phobie Awards” for anti-gay stances during their papacies.
By “anti-gay stances,” The Advocate also sees the mere attitude of helping someone who does not want to be a homosexual any longer. Two years ago, this gay magazine criticized me for my stance of supporting Lisa Miller, a woman who was converted to Christ, left lesbianism and today is a runaway from the US “justice” system which wants to deliver up her biological daughter to her former lesbian partner, who has never been converted and is determined, even with no biological relation, to take Lisa’s daughter.
I was attacked just for defending a mother and her daughter.
Why then did The Advocate, instead of attacking, put the pope on a pedestal? By the same reason Leonardo Boff, of Liberation Theology, praises him. By the same reason that he is in favor with the Brazilian Protestant Left, which said, “Pope Francis is a promise of better days.”
All the Left is seeing it. Pope Francis is a promise of better days — for the Catholic, Protestant, secular and homosexual Left.
In this spirit, the mainstream media have highlighted approvingly the pope’s nomination of “Person of the Year” in the world’s biggest homosexual magazine.
With information from The Advocate and USAToday.
Portuguese version of this article: Papa Francisco é escolhido como “Personalidade do Ano” pela maior revista gay do mundo