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First Rabbitgate. Now “Trannygate”

by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 30, 2015

For nearly two years Pope Francis has been shocking the Church almost weekly with unheard-of pronouncements and gestures. It seems there will be no end to the jolts he intends to administer by saying whatever he thinks and doing whatever he pleases in keeping with his own self-assessment, which he states as if it were a good thing: “You know, I have a shortcoming: a healthy dose of recklessness.” 

On that occasion the Pope was speaking of his refusal to follow prudent security measures, but the “healthy” recklessness of which he speaks — what Pope has ever boasted of being reckless? — has been the cause of one decidedly unhealthy development after another for the Church. We have just witnessed the spectacle of “rabbitgate,” in which a reckless Pope given to impromptu blathering to the press blithely denounced before the whole world a Catholic mother of eight children by C-section, citing her twice as an example of “irresponsibility,” “tempting God” and Catholics being “like rabbits.”

But now, only days later, we have something even worse.  The details are slowly emerging and can be found here, here, and here among other places.  Pope Francis made two of his famous “cold calls” to someone who sent him a letter.  The first call was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the second on Christmas Eve.  Francis made the calls to a Spanish woman who claims to have undergone a “gender reassignment” by having herself surgically mutilated to simulate the appearance of a male.  The woman, who now calls herself Diego, had written to the Pope to complain that she felt “emarginated from the Church” and that her parish priest had (quite rightly) condemned her grotesque and diabolical attempt to turn herself into a man.   

During the call to this purported “transgender” woman on Christmas Eve — that’s Christmas Eve — Francis invited “Diego” and her so-called fiancée to visit him at the Vatican, where he in fact received them in private audience at his personal residence on January 24 at 5 p.m.  As reported by the Rorate Caeli blog site, on January 27 Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, confirmed that the private audience had taken place.

During the audience Francis reportedly embraced both “Diego” and her “fiancée,” stating that he was pleased that that this ghoulish imitation of a normal heterosexual  “couple” was planning to “start a family” after their “marriage”: a “family” that would be possible only by way of a “transgender” adoption — an unspeakable crime against any child made a victim of this travesty — or an intrinsically evil artificial insemination of the “fiancée” either before or after their so-called “marriage” from the pit of hell.

After this abominable encounter was over, “Diego” (full name “Diego” Neria Lejárraga, age 48) told the Spanish newspaper Hoy that “It was a marvelous, intimate and unique experience. What happened in that meeting, what was said, is something that will remain between us, the ones that participated, since this is something I want to live with the utmost intimacy.”

Public denunciation of a Catholic mother of eight, but private hugs and affirmation for a “transsexual couple.” Friendly papal calls to a “transsexual” woman who purports to be a man engaged to “marry” another woman: one call made on the Feast of theImmaculate Conceptionand the other on Christmas Eve a mockery of those most solemn days. (Is this what Francis considered a priority on the eve of the commemoration of the birth of Our Savior?) 

It is difficult to believe I am writing these words about a Roman Pontiff. At this point in a papacy that is clearly out of control, it is fair to ask whether Francis is losing his reason or is afflicted by some mental disorder that preexisted the conclave of 2013. And that would be the most charitable explanation for his increasingly bizarre behavior.

The Church has been afflicted by incompetent and immoral Popes before. But never, absolutely never, has the Church seen a Pope like Francis.  One can only surmise that the 2013 conclave figures in the dramatic events of the Third Secret, so revealingly described by Pope Benedict XVI not long before his mysterious “resignation” from the papacy and the conclave that gave us Francis:

Beyond this great vision of the suffering of the Pope [the vision of “the Bishop dressed in White” published in 2000]… are indicated future realities of the Church which are little by little developing and revealing themselves…. [T]he sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from sins that exist in the Church. This has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from enemies outside, but arises from sin in the Church.