Actual snippet of conversation I had via G-Chat:
Friend: "This pope might finally support gay marriage! I'll be able to call myself Catholic again!"
Me: "Barring the fact that popes don't get to suddenly support things that go against the dogma they vowed to protect, let's say Pope Francis does. Let's say he suddenly says, 'Alrighty, homosexuals, go ahead and get married.'
Does that make you and all those 'Catholics' like you suddenly believe in things like transubstantiation, the Immaculate Conception and actually attending Mass more than twice a year?"
Friend: "What's transubstantiation?"
*Insert me legitimately face-palming myself*
Me: "My point, exactly. You wouldn't be Catholic no matter what Pope Francis did, so please stop pretending it matters what his well-documented stance on homosexual marriage is."
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This conversation continued back and forth for a bit with the friend coming to the conclusion that homosexual marriage in the eyes of the Church really DOESN'T mean anything in the scheme of things when he doesn't care about 9/10ths of our dogma, anyway.
As I pointed out in one of my threads, the Church's view on homosexual marriage changing or not changing really has absolutely ZERO to do with one's fidelity to Catholicism. In the scheme of things, if people actually believed in what Catholicism offered, they'd' realize what a tiny blip on the radar homosexual marriage is.
We've got JESUS in the Eucharist... God willingly sharing Himself with us in the most intimate of ways. We've got absolution through our priests. We've got the Communion of Saints. We've got the hope of Purgatory and the blessing of the successor to St.Peter.
Homosexual marriage just doesn't register on the scale of importance when you look at it in light of the fact that we offer God (fully incarnate!) as a covenant blessing.
If you don't believe (or care) about this, what will our stance on homosexual marriage do to change that?
So tell all your friends that we've elected a pope that is *gasp* Catholic and he will strive to uphold *gasp again!* actual Catholic theology.