Politician Gives Pope Francis a Gift of "Gay Apparel"

Today is known as “Black Friday” in the U.S., the biggest shopping day of the year, as folks begin their Christmas gift purchases.  It’s known as “black” because it is the day of the year when retailers’ accounts finally go into “the black,” meaning that they start to realize an annual profit.

As shoppers scurry about and try to come up with gifts for everyone on their list, they may want to take a lesson from this European politician who recently met with Pope Francis.  Gay Star News reported:

European Parliament Vice President Ulrike Lunacek presents a gift of a rainbow scarf to Pope Francis.

“The rainbow could be seen as a representing two main concepts: the gay rights movement and a ‘blessing’ from God.

“So one lesbian politician thought of the perfect gift to give to Pope Francis: a rainbow scarf.

“Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek, the gay Vice President of the European “Parliament, gave the leader of the Catholic Church his early Christmas present yesterday (25 November).

” ‘Today I handed Pope Francis a rainbow scarf for gays, lesbians, and for peace,’ Lunacek proudly said.”

That’s an idea for all those on your “nice” list, and, perhaps, even for some of the “naughty” folks who still don’t accept equality!  After all, as the Christmas carol says, this is the season to “don we now our gay apparel” !  🙂

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry

Related Articles

The Independent, “Austrian lesbian politician tells Pope Francis: ‘It would be great if you spoke up in favour of same-sex marriage‘”

Christianity Today, “Lesbian MEP gives Pope rainbow scarf

8 replies
  1. Friends
    Friends says:

    Credit where due: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of a Pope wearing a suit coat rather than his formal ecclesiastical garb! (OK, so there were some pictures of Pope JPII in his alpine skiing outfit — which was itself a major media breakthrough that confirmed his shared humanity. But this took place before he was shot and nearly killed. Everything about his attitude toward the Papacy changed after that horrible event, for whatever reason. We can only pray, and pray hard, for Pope Francis’ continuing safety.)

  2. Catholicboyrichard
    Catholicboyrichard says:

    Reblogged this on Catholicboyrichard 2.0 and commented:
    I BELIEVE IN REAL-TIME EQUALITY. Having said that I think it is sheer lunacy to attempt to pull Pope Francis time and again into an arena he is not called for, which is to represent HOW that equality will be played out in the Church. And the assumption that “equality” must mean redefining marriage is simply not changeable Church teaching. Believe me when I say I have fought with myself and even God on this one. But it just isn’t. Equal rights to housing, medical treatment, decent employment (provided it does not violate the conscience of for example a religious organization to do so), these are indeed equality. Photo-ops with Pope Francis in order to advance the cause of the actively LGBT agenda are not. And they are not going to be. The Church teaches compassion to all of us who are same-sex attracted and arguably needs to do far better in showing this at times. The Church does not, however have to affirm all behavior of anyone. This reminds me of the woman I saw a few years ago at a Rainbow Sash Mass, who nearly knocked over the Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and then gleefully broke up the Host in order to give some other Sashers Holy Communion. The intent may well have been good, but the actions not so much. I think we forget that we cannot force change in the Church. We can gently work for it attitudes to be softened as well they should often be. But that again does not mean changing the teaching or doctrine of the Faith. And no amount of trickery or slam-dunk tactics will cause that to happen. I cannot respect this action nor condone it.

    • robinrisa1025
      robinrisa1025 says:

      This kind of spontaneity is not going to help the cause! I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and those actions were WRONG and extremely DISrespectful of the Body of Christ! Please accept that, while change can be made, it’s going to take TIME. I was born and raised Roman Catholic and I feel there are MANY things that need to be loosened up and changed; but we have to approach these issues with solemnity and reverence.

      • Catholicboyrichard
        Catholicboyrichard says:

        Thanks and I fully agree. Plus I believe that the change needs to be based upon attitude not doctrinal battling. Open-heartedness to LGBT or any other group of people is not the same thing as approving everything that is done by that group. God bless.

    • Friends
      Friends says:

      In a strange way, this rather reminds me of a story I once heard, which involved a Christian (but not a Catholic) denomination. A blog contributor commented that he was appalled to see the unconsumed Eucharistic bread soon appearing on a buffet table in the Church hall, during the post-service “meet and greet” brunch! I take his point: it does seem a tad of a “gauche” and disrespectful thing to do. But on the other hand, The Last Supper was precisely that: a communal meal shared by Jesus’ closest friends and companions. For the record, I personally boycott Eucharistic participation, as I’ve explained previously, until ALL of our GLBTQ brothers and sisters are fully welcomed to participate. When even the most ultra-conservative prelates (like Burke and George and Poprocki) finally “get it” — that Lord Jesus Himself loves and blesses gay and lesbian and trans Christians just as much as He loves and blesses all other professing Christians — I might reconsider my gesture of dissent in solidarity.


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