By Sarahbeth Caplin
Last week, in two separate statements, Pope Francis denounced both anti-Semitism as well as politicians who persecuted gay people. In the latter case, he compared them to Hitler.
Yet both actions are ones the Catholic Church has been associated with throughout its history. The Church remains one of the strongest forces against LGBTQ rights.
“And I must confess to you that when I hear a speech (by) someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936,” [Pope Francis] said [on Friday], departing from his prepared address.
“With the persecution of Jews, gypsies, and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent ‘par excellence’ a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again.”
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