Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Applaud the Vatican’s support of homosexuals and their deserved rights
Pope Francis has recently made headlines for his controversial stance on homosexuality. The Pope has declared that he is of no authority to judge the lives of homosexual individuals, and therefore encourages acceptance of the homosexual community. This progressive outlook is groundbreaking for the Vatican, but it comes with intense opposition from some officials within the hierarchy. One man in particular, America’s former highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, Raymond Leo Burke has adamantly and publicly opposed the Pope’s beliefs. In response, Pope Francis has officially demoted the homophobic cardinal to a position with significantly less power.
Pope Francies demoted Burke to chaplain of the Knights of Malta. This demotion comes after Burke spoke to official news sources about his opposition to Pope Francis’s declaration of homosexual acceptance. In an interview, Burke insisted that the Pope was not of the authority to change the church’s teaching in regards to the immorality of homosexual acts. The former cardinal believes that homosexuality is and forever will be wrong and evil. Due to this opposition, Burke consistently challenged the Pope’s authority.
The Vatican is progressing by encouraging acceptance of homosexual lifestyles. By confirming that the gay community should not be ostracized or withheld rights, Pope Francis is reaching those who were once suspicious of and shunned by Catholicism. Commend His Holiness for protecting human beings and their rights from archaic dogma.
Dear Pope Francis,
After months of controversy, you have finally demoted Raymond Leo Burke from his prestigious cardinal position to the less-powerful position of chaplain of the Knights of Malta. I am writing to thank you for understanding that homosexual individuals are indeed human too–humans who deserve respect, rights and protection.
Not too long ago the Roman Catholic Church deemed homosexuality a sin, and therefore did not condone, much less protect individuals who engaged in this lifestyle. Those in support of human rights now look to the Vatican with respect and admiration. You have officially stated that it is not your place to judge homosexuals, or their lifestyle. Therefore, you are adamantly against condemning these individuals, or using your religion to hurt them.
Thank you for demoting Burke to prove to the world that you will not tolerate intolerance. Burke now holds a position of much less power in order to not exercise his archaic viewpoints. You are the change that the Vatican yearned for; Your Holiness–you are acceptance and love.
[Your Name Here]
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