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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Elton John: ‘Make Pope Francis a saint now, OK?’

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Iconic pop star and gay activist, Elton John, who along with ‘partner’ David Furnish, used a surrogate mother last year to have a second child, told a star-studded gathering in New York City last night, An Enduring Vision: A Benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, that Pope Francis “is my hero for his push to have homosexuals accepted in the Catholic church."

"Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it," said John, which brought down the house in thunderous applause.

"He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God," John continued. "It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church that opposes. He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today."

"Make this man a saint now, OK?"

John exaggerates, surely. On the other hand, when you have powerful cultural icons such as Elton John—that actively campaign against the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the moral theology of the Catholic Church, the Church’s defense of Christian marriage—extolling the Roman Pontiff and calling him “hero” and “saint”, quite obviously the world believes it has nothing to fear from Pope Francis.  Equally obvious is the fact that the “most popular pope in history” is gaining popularity through unconventional means, to say the least.

Bottom line, what is the Holy Father trying to do? If these cultural liberal fans of the Holy Father are woefully mistaken and/or intentionally misrepresenting Francis' positions on basic moral questions, might it not be a good idea for the most off-the-cuff Pope in history to find a way to clarify how so and in what sense? Because at this point, let's face it, Elton John and the rest of the world seem genuine in their fulsome praise of Pope Francis.  In this case, in fact, they are merely showing appreciation for the Pope's unprecedented and now-famous question:  Who am I to judge?

Indeed, this is what Elton John has been saying for years: "Who the hell is the pope to judge me?" 

Bottom line: Who's to blame for the fact that the whole world now believes the Catholic Church is on the verge of surrendering to the homosexual agenda?  Elton John? 

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.