Bishop Scicluna, auxiliary of Malta, has spoken of Pope Francis’ encouragement that he speak out against the legalisation of gay adoption in order to protect the rights of children to a mother and a father. Consequently Bishop Scicluna delivered a Christmas Day sermon opposing the Parliament of Malta’s introduction of the Civil Unions Bill in September 2013.
CNS news reports:
‘Pope Francis is “shocked” about legislation in Malta that would allow homosexual couples to adopt children and encouraged the auxiliary bishop of that island nation, Charles J. Scicluna, to “speak out” against the proposal, the bishop told the Sunday Times of Malta on Dec. 29.
In his Christmas Day sermon, Bishop Scicluna had defended the Catholic Church’s teaching against same-sex “marriage” and gay adoption. When asked why he would discuss such a topic as part of a Christmas homily, Bishop Scicluna said he had met with Pope Francis on Dec. 12 and the pope advised him to speak boldly on the subject. “We discussed many aspects,” said Bishop Scicluna. “And when I raised the issue that’s worrying me as a bishop [gay adoption], he encouraged me to speak out.”
“[T]hat is exactly what I did in my Christmas sermon,” said Bishop Scicluna. “My sermon was not about the rights of gay people but about children’s rights.”
In his Christmas Day homily, the bishop had said, “The message of Christmas remains always a current message. It beckons and invites us to seek and recognize the true Wisdom that the manger of our Lord Jesus embraces ….
“Around the manger of baby Jesus there are also a woman and a man: the mother who gave him birth and her husband Joseph whom God chose to bring up, along with the mother, the child of Mary.
“God, who generated his Son as a human being without the participation of a man, did not want his Son as man to be brought up without the participation of a man. The silent and essential mission of Joseph was to ensure that the boy Jesus, in his upbringing as a man, was not deprived of a father’s affection and example.
“In the upbringing of his Beloved Son, God himself ordained and chose to be subjected to the wisdom and law of creation according to which a baby should be reared by a mother and father, by a couple made of a man and a woman and not by a couple made of woman and woman or a couple made of man and man.”
Protect the Pope comment: Pope Francis’ encouragement to a bishop to protect the rights of children to a mother and a father does not fit the media narrative of a new pope set on changing the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. It appears that the Holy Father is encouraging bishops to defend the Church’s doctrines back in their own countries rather than speaking out openly himself. Has he come to the judgement that the moment he speaks out clearly against same-sex marriage and adoption that is all the MSM will report for the duration of his pontificate?