Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to pro-LGBT priest James Martin, SJ in support of his ministry, telling him to “continue this way.”
The Pope wrote:
“I want to thank you for your pastoral zeal and your ability to be close to people, with the closeness that Jesus had, and which reflects the closeness of God. God’s ‘style’ has three elements: closeness, compassion and tenderness. This is how he comes closer to each one of us. Thinking about your pastoral work, I see that you are continually seeking to imitate this style of God. You are a priest for all, just as God is a Father for all. I pray for you to continue this way, being close, compassionate and with great tenderness. And I pray for your faithful, your ‘flock’ and all those whom the Lord places in your care, so that you protect them, and make them grow in the Love of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Catholic.com reports that “Others have reported that Pope Francis used the Spanish “todos y todas” in place of all above to make a gender inclusive point, seen in Martin’s unofficial translation of the letter as “men and women.”
This is just the latest contradiction in the Vatican on gay issues, with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith previously issuing a rare statement denying Church blessings for civil unions between same-sex partners.