Austrian lesbian politician tells Pope Francis: ‘It would be great if you spoke up in favor of same-sex marriage!’

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An Austrian politician has gifted Pope Francis with a rainbow scarf – and called on him to speak up for women’s rights and same-sex marriage.

Ulrike Lunacek, who is head of delegation of the Austrian Greens in the European Parliament and openly lesbian, addressed the head of the Catholic Church in Strasbourg on Tuesday, after he had given a speech in front of Europe’s leaders.

Lunacek, who is also co-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, handed the symbolic garment to the Pope in front of  a crowd of people.

She said: “I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed about the fact that you didn’t address any of the other urgent things inside the church and outside.

“Women’s issues, women’s rights inside the church. Today is the International Day [for the Elimination of] Violence Against Women. I think you should have mentioned something like that.”

Lunacek went on: “It would be great if you had spoken up in favour of same-sex marriage or also for the use of contraceptives, for example, especially in times of HIV and other situations.

“But I didn’t hear that and that was a bit disappointing.”

Seen as more progressive than his predecessors, Pope Francis has previously touched upon the subjects raised by Lunacek, but he has largely remained in line with Church tradition.

While he has said that more should be done to extend the role of women in the Church, Pope Francis has maintained that “with regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says no… That door is closed”.

The Pope has also adopted a more liberal view on homosexuality than previous Church leaders – but has stopped short of approving same-sex marriage. 

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The return of liberation theology: Pope reinstates suspended pro-Sandinista priest

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Pope Francis has reinstated a Nicaraguan priest suspended by the Vatican in the 1980s for participating in Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government.

The 81-year-old Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, Nicaragua’s foreign minister from 1979-1990, recently wrote to Francis asking to be allowed to celebrate Mass again before he died. The Vatican said Monday that Francis had agreed and asked D’Escoto’s superior in the Maryknoll order to help reintroduce him into priestly ministry.

The Vatican suspended D’Escoto and three other dissident priests in 1985 for defying a church ban on clergy holding government jobs. The sanction was also a reflection of St. John Paul II’s broader crackdown on liberation theology in Latin America.

The Sandinistas, who supported the “popular church” of liberation theology, overthrew the pro-American regime of Anastasio Somoza in 1979.

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Francis, who was a young Jesuit provincial in Argentina at the time, shared John Paul’s opposition to the perceived Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But as pope, he has also called for a more merciful church and has indicated that another symbol of liberation theology, slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, will soon be beatified  

D’Escoto was ordained a priest in 1961 and remained a member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers religious order throughout the 29-year suspension. He simply couldn’t exercise his priestly duties. A brief statement issued by the Maryknolls, known for their missionary work around the globe, announced Francis’ Aug. 1 decree lifting the suspension and noted that D’Escoto can now resume those duties.

In recent years — from 2008-2009 — D’Escoto served as president of the United Nations General Assembly.