According to secular media, the Vatican has given “VIP treatment” to an advocacy group for gay,lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics. The group claims to have visited the Vatican previously and were ignored by Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The group which calls itself “New Ways Ministry” promotes same-sex marriage and “equality” among Catholics and those who are LGBT in the Catholic Church.
I have not confirmed this via Catholic media so am not sure what to make of it. Since it is Ash Wednesday and Pope Francis has stressed the Good Shepherd aspect of the Papacy by calling out to the sheep lost in the world, my guess is that this “VIP treatment” was meant to call LGBT Catholics back home and take the opportunity of Ash Wednesday to repent and return to the Lord.
I will update this post as soon as I learn more.
As expected, the news that the Pope/Vatican gave VIP treatment to “New Ways Ministry” is nonsense. The Vatican has downplayed the reports and interestingly enough, the media outlets that reported the story never provided any official Vatican sources confirming this alleged “VIP treatment.” EWTN confirmed that the Vatican had no idea that this group was even present and treat all groups the same in regards to ticket requests. A source in the Pontifical Household told EWTN news, “this declaration is simply misleading, as any of the faithful can access general audiences: they can simply ask the prefecture for the tickets, which are free.. If a Catholic nun asks for a series of tickets in the ‘reparto speciale’, it is likely that she is given the tickets…”
So, there you have it… It seems this group is trying to garner attention via the media for its LGBT agenda. Moreover, it is not news that the media loves to embellish stories. There are many Brian Williams’ in this business. We must be careful not to believe media reports, especially on Pope Francis or the Catholic Church.