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Life-long anti-LGBTQ archbishop Charles Chaput resigns

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Life-long anti-LGBTQ archbishop Charles Chaput resigns

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There is a rule for all Catholic bishops and archbishops to ask for resignation at the age 75. It is then up to the Pope to decide whether to accept a let cleric to serve longer. Luckily, in the case of Charles Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia the approval of resignation has been received quickly. LGBTQ community in the area has definitely felt a huge relief with the announcement. Although Catholic Church is generally not inclusive and does not recognize same-sex relationships, the ideas promoted by Chaput were so extreme and ridiculous that they felt to be far beyond acceptable limits even for such a conservative organization as the Catholic Church. But what is Chaput specifically "famous" for?

Through his long career Charles Chaput, who is by the way a Native American promoted intollerance towards LGBTQ community by all possible means. In particular, when serving a bishop in Denver (till 2011) he made a significant contribution in passing legislation that defeated civil unions for same-sex couples. Moreover, he helped the expulsion of a child of lesbian couple from the Catholic pre-school. Luckily, all these ugly attempts left in vain as the same-sex relationships were legalized in 2016. However, this defeat didn't stop archbishop activities. Moreover, he employed the tactics that is currently used by civil authorities.

In 2018 during Youth Synod (Rome) he declared that LGBTQ Catholics simply do not exist. This ridiculous statement was based on the fact the the Church used another classification where there was no place for LGBTQ Catholics, or specifically trans Catholics. Sounds like a freaky attempt to limit the freedom of religion, doesn't it? “There is no such thing as an ‘LGBTQ Catholic’ or a ‘transgender Catholic’ or a ‘heterosexual Catholic,’ as if our sexual appetites defined who we are; as if these designations described discrete communities of differing but equal integrity within the real ecclesial community, the body of Jesus Christ," read archbishop statement. Unfortunately, it was not the end of the story. Archbishop further suggested that "‘LGBTQ’ and similar language should not be used in church documents, because using it suggests that these are real, autonomous groups, and the church simply doesn’t categorize people that way.”  That is, if we unable to deal with somebody we simply ignore them. It would be interesting to ask Chaput to point out an exact place in Holy Bible that teaches such things. Highly unlikely it could be found. 

That is not saying about archbishop scientific "findings". For instance, he once said gender theory to be "a kind of metaphysics that subverts the very nature of sexuality by denying the male-female complementarity encoded into our bodies". There is nothing to add. Luckily, his time in service is over. His successor, Nelson Perez, has already been appointed by the Pope. Perez, who is known for his liberal views chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on cultural diversity. That is good reason for LBTQ community of Philadelphia to hope for better future, free of religious outrages.

2020-08-25