Pope Says Church Should Apologize to Gays for Orlando Shooting

Chris Menahan
Jun. 27, 2016

Apparently, the Orlando massacre was the fault of Christians.

If you thought the Afghan Muslim who shot up the Pulse Nightclub and "pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State" was to blame for the massacre -- you're wrong, it was Christians, and they need to get to apologizing!

Christian terrorist Omar Mateen in traditional Christian garb.

From NPR:
Aboard a flight home from Armenia, Pope Francis fielded a pointed question from reporters: Did he agree with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, said gays deserve an apology from the Church?

His answer was frank.

"I believe that the Church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended," the Pope told reporters, "but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons."

Marx, a close adviser to Pope Francis, had told a conference in Dublin that the Church must apologize for having consistently marginalized gay people in the course of its history. At the mention of the Orlando shooting, the Catholic News Service reports the Pope closed his eyes as if in pain then expanded on Marx's comments.

"The Church must say it is sorry for not having behaved as it should many times, many times when I say 'the Church,' I mean we Christians because the Church is holy; we are the sinners," the Pope said. "We Christians must say we are sorry."
The Pope went on to apologize for the Brussels bombing, the Paris attacks and the shootings in San Bernardino... (Alright, that last part was a joke).

Incidentally, last week the FBI said they've found no evidence the Orlando shooter was gay, despite searching through all his electronics, cell phone, computers, etc.

As the LA Times reported: "So far, they have found no photographs, no text messages, no smartphone apps, no gay pornography and no cell-tower location data to suggest that Mateen who was twice married to women and had a young son conducted a secret gay life, the officials said."

Let's not let that get in the way of a good apology.

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