Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, often called the Vice Pope for his high rank and position of influence with the Holy Father Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga has confirmed the existence of a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. During an interview, the Cardinal said that Pope Francis has taken on a gradual approach to tackle the issue – and that Catholic teachings will not be altered.
Cardinal Maradiaga is currently the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa and President of Caritas Internationalis, he is also Pope Francis’ closest cardinal advisor.
The Honduran newspaper El Heraldo had asked the cardinal whether there actually was an attempted or successful “infiltration of the gay community in the Vatican.”
He responded: “Not only that, also the Pope said: there was even a ‘lobby’ in this sense.”
“Little by little the Pope is trying to purify it,” he continued. “One can understand them, and there is pastoral legislation to attend to them, but what is wrong cannot be truth.”
Pope Francis’ other remarks about same-sex marriage have been misinterpreted by some people thinking that the church would give its approval. The cardinal dismissed this possibility.
“No, we must understand that there are things that can be reformed and others cannot,” he said. “The natural law cannot be reformed. We can see how God has designed the human body, the body of the man and the body of a woman to complement each other and transmit life. The contrary is not the plan of creation. There are things that cannot be changed.”
Sometime ago,a report about Pope Francis working to counter the “gay lobby” was extensively read, but the validity of the report was in doubt.
In June 2013 the left-leaning Chilean Catholic website “Reflexión y liberación” claimed that Pope Francis had told a meeting of the Latin American Confederation of Men and Women Religious that there is a “gay lobby” in the Church and “we have to see what we can do (about it).”
The said report was a summary relied on the memory of participants instead of a recording. This summary was meant for meeting participants not for publication. “the reported Assertion cannot be attributed with certainty to the Holy Father” said the Confederation.
During an in-flight interview in July 2013 returning to Italy from Brazil briefly talked about this so- called lobby saying:
“So much is written about the gay lobby. I have yet to find anyone who can give me a Vatican identity card with ‘gay’ [written on it]. They say they are there.”
He said that all lobbies are bad and “the gravest problem for me.” Referring to the Catechism’s teaching against marginalizing homosexual persons, he said, “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, well who am I to judge them?”