Pope John Paul II, also known as Mr Karol Wojtyla, also known as Pope Saint John Paul II, or Saint John Paul The Great; a man with as many aliases to rival Sean Combs (Also knowb as: P Diddy, or Puff Daddy, or Sean P Diddy Combs) once gave the following apologies:

He was apologising for big stuff- huge. The injustices committed against women, that's half the population already. The conquest of Mesoamerica? Another large chunk of humanity agrieved. Ethnic groups of a geography not specified, again, another great big slice of the human pie.  The only group that the Catholic Church has not yet apologised to are wealthy, middle class, averagely educated, heterosexual, European men.

Fast forward to 2014 and the current Pope a certain Francis, also known as Mario Bergoglio has called a synod of Bishops where they all get together and discuss church doctrine.  The current Mr Bergoglio put forward a document that originally read:

Pastoral Attention towards Persons Of Homosexual Orientations: [the Church should be] ...accepting and valuing their [homosexuals’] sexual orientations [and give them] a welcoming home”.
— Relatio, Catholic Church Synod

In their infinite and divine wisdom the shepherds of the Catholic Church have voted the above wording down because it devalued the traditional family. Now the document states that the gays "should be welcomed with respect and sensitivity" and that discrimination against gays "is to be avoided". Many a gay group is absolutely devastated that the Catholic Church isn't welcoming them with the open arms it had signaled it would welcome them with originally.

 When you look at the history of the Catholic Church, even if it is just the things it has already apologised to the world for, like: the Stolen Generations in Australia, the systematic coverups of the rape of children around the world, the execution of heretics, for silence during the Holocaust, the contempt the church had for ethnic groups around the world; why would any group want to align itself to it? Why would any group want to be welcomed with open arms to such a body? To this body, the body of the so called eternal and one true church? The church that saw the execution of Jews and said nothing. The church that has stymied HIV prevention in Africa by rejecting  condoms. Yes, that churc.

Let's stop for a moment here and catch our collective homosexual breath.  If aligning yourself with a morally bankrupt organisation that ironically takes the moral high ground on every single of life is important to you I humbly suggest you look for other similar corrupt, racist, insular, regressive organisation to align yourself to; like the Liberal Party.

I for one am happy that the Catholic Church does not welcome  me, because I do not want to be any part of it.

As Michael Chabon has said: “Not only would I never want to belong to any club that would have me for a member--if elected I would wear street shoes onto the squash court and set fire to the ballroom curtains.”

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