LGBT advocates are going wild because a famous homosexual served as a reader at the Papal Mass in Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
Mo Rocca, best known as part of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show crew and now a reporter for CBS News, gave the first reading at the Mass celebrated by the Pope that was attended by 18,000 and watched by millions more on television.
Rocca read from the Old Testament book of Isaiah.
The fact that Rocca — as far as is known, an unrepentant opponent of Catholic teaching on human sexuality, was able to speak has raised both hosannas and skepticism from the sexual left and alarms from faithful Catholics.
Church Militant, headed by Catholic controversialist Michael Voris, ran a picture of a bare-chested Rocca being fondled by two bare-chested gay guys at some sort of party.
Church Militant reported, “When Rocca appeared on live news feeds last night as the lector for the Papal Mass, Twitter blew up with scandalous praise as everyone saw this as the Church’s — and specifically Pope Francis’s — acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage.” Church Militant demanded to know who gave sought Rocca out as a reader.
Father Peter West, active in life and family causes, Tweeted, “Should someone who openly mocks Chruch teaching serve as lector for a Papal Mass?”
The conservative website Rorate Ceili Tweeted, “Dear Catholic media: you call yourselves reporters, have you reported on a homosexual reading at Papal Mass? Wake up.”
The gay pressure group New Ways Ministries was not impressed, “LBGT men and women find themselves unwelcome in many U.S. parishes…”
Pink News pointed out that the Pope “…delivered a dire warning about the future of marriage while referencing his upcoming visit to the anti-LGBT World Meeting of Families.” Pink News also charged that the Pope “is yet to life any of the actively homophobic and transphobic policies of his predecessors.”
However, homosexual comic Paula Poundstone Tweeted, “I’m not making this up, Mo Rocca is opening for the Pope. OMG!”
Homosexual activist and law professor Tony Varona Tweeted, “Having openly gay @MoRocca do first reading at MSG seems to confirm it was big.”
The presence of an out homosexual will certainly fuel the debate heading into the Synod of Bishops set to begin on October 5 that will deal with the question and the controversy of homosexuality.
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