Vatican officials are pushing back against what they see as increasing intolerance toward Christians. Specifically, the Church is speaking out against one of the most pernicious forms of oppression in the world today: homophobia-phobia. As tweeted from the Vatican Secretariat of State’s official Twitter account recently:
Intolerance against Christians, especially in the name of “tolerance”, should be condemned publicly. osce.org/cio/101789
— TerzaLoggia (@TerzaLoggia) May 27, 2013
The Secretariat’s tweet follows a similar statement from Bishop Mario Toso earlier this month during his delivery of the Holy See’s address to the High Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination:
Intolerance in the name of tolerance cannot be condoned.
Finally, the Vatican is speaking truth to power.
One can only hope that someday, Christians will no longer be forced to hide who they are, living in the cultural closet, unable to come out to their friends and family as a member of the largest religious group on earth. But with only 2.1 billion other Christians out there, how can they absolutely, definitely, without a doubt know they’ll be safe?
Sadly, as Toso went on to explain, many Christians are still being forced to repress their evangelic urges:
[Christians in the] 21st century are now being forced to choose between two impossible scenarios: they can abandon their faith and act against their conscience, or resist and face losing their livelihood.
It is regretful … that … a sharp dividing line has been drawn between religious belief and religious practice, so that Christians are frequently reminded in public discourse (and increasingly even in the courts), that they can believe whatever they like in their own homes or heads, and largely worship as they wish in their own private churches, but they simply cannot act on those beliefs in public. This is a deliberate twisting and limiting of what religious freedom actually means…