Richard Cameron, at Mystic Gay, has adopted as patron Pope John Paul I, widely known during his very brief tenure as the “Smiling Pope”. In one of several posts, he quotes from Wikipedia to support a claim that he was remarkably gay friendly:
“During his time as Patriarch of Venice he became particularly outspoken on issues of sexuality, and controversially advocated greater tolerance and acceptance in the Church for gay men and women.
Before his death Pope Paul VI even permitted Luciani to address the Vatican cardinals on the possibility the Church might encourage homosexuals to enter into long-term loving relationships. This received a poor reception, but in conclusion he stated that, “The day is not far off when we will have to answer to these people who through the years have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, whose human dignity has been offended, their identity denied and their liberty oppressed. What is more we will have to answer to the God who created them”
(Follow this link to read more).
In a subsequent comment on this site, he describes John Paul I as our first “semi-openly gay” pope. Is this true? I have no idea, but would love to know more. Perhaps this is one for our historians to explore further. I find particularly intriguing Jayden’s statement that he is
“the only Pope in recent history without an officially authorized biography from the Vatican”.
This would be entirely consistent with the clear practice of the Vatican historians to exclude gay and gay-friendly people and teachings from the official histories.
Does anybody know more?
Since wrting about JP I, have found that there have been fairly credible reports of homosexual relationships on the part of Pope Paul VI, especially before his elevation to the papacy. See, for instance, Wikipedia, or the article Paul VI’s Homosexuality: Rumour or Reality?
(Health Warning: the article comes from a very dubious source, a website that is clearly very hostile to V II and all the post-conciliar posts, including those well-kown ultra-progressives, John Paul II and Benedict XVI . Yes, really.)
Still, the report itself is detailed, and collects allegations from a range of sources, with substantial corroborating detail.
Have a read and see what you think.