Pope Francis Holds Private Mass For France's Biggest Homophobe
Imagine if Pope Francis held a private mass for NOM's Brian Brown, or Maggie Gallagher or Tony Perkins. That's basically what happened Thursday morning, when the "modern" Pope treated France's No. 1 homophobic activist to a private mass.
The Pope "listened very carefully," according to the president of Manif Pour Tous, Ludovine Rochere, in a statement she made on Thursday morning in Sainte Marthe in Rome, where she was invited to participate in a private Mass with the Pope. "I was placed in the middle of the meeting," said Rochère, "but someone picked me before the start of the Mass, wondering if I was the president of the Manif Pour Tous, to put me at the forefront of the faithful along the aisle, just behind the priests."
This protocol detail is not unimportant. Especially during this Mass, where only thirty people are allowed. It clearly means that the Pope wanted to honor this non-denominational movement since he did invite its principal representative.
After Mass, Pope Francis gave an interview to Rochère, who told him that she was there "on behalf of hundreds of thousands of French who mobilized against the law for gay marriage." She also told him that they were currently advocating on the issue of medically assisted procreation (MAP) and surrogacy. Although the language barrier did not favor the exchange that lasted about five minutes (the Pope understands but does not speak French), he promised that he "would consider" the best way to send a message to the French.
You may recall that Ludovine Rochère through Manif Pour Tous fought marriage equality
tooth and nail fang and claw in France. Though she received plentiful help from American anti-gay activists like Brian Brown and her protests often turned very violent, she ultimately lost her crusade against equality.
Sure, you make progressive Catholics weak-kneed when you speak of real change from the Vatican when it comes to human rights, but actions are louder than words, Pope Francis.