Vatican Officials: This Intolerance of Our Intolerance Will Not Be Tolerated

The Vatican drops some Cathologic.

Bishop Mario Toso tweets: "Intolerance in the name of tolerance should be condemned"

“Does this cassock make me look tolerant?”


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:


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.
This decision Toso describes of being forced to choose between what one knows in one’s heart to be true and what society says to do —  this is something gays could never understand. Unlike being gay, Christianity is not a choice. Some people are simply born that way.
As Toso further lamented, while Christians today are still technically allowed to worship as they wish, they are not permitted to act out all of their religious beliefs all of the time. Perhaps more disturbing, many Christians cannot even condemn other people’s behavior during a public discourse without their own behavior being condemned:
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…
Ultimately, religious freedom must be paramount, which means that my religious right to discriminate against you outweighs your secular right to not be discriminated against by me.  That’s because my religious beliefs are correct — not on the basis of any effect they have on actual human rights, but because they’re derived from God, who pretty much nails it every time (being right is kind of his specialty).
Likewise, if gays formed some kind of gay church of their own, then their religious freedom would also be paramount. If they wanted, the leaders of this hypothetical gay church could keep the truly religious men and women apart from each other so they could focus on having same-sex interactions. In this craaaazy gay church we’re imagining, the monasteries would be full of gay men and the nunneries would be full of lesbians, and since it’s gay and all, they’d probably focus disproportionately on what you do with your genitals. Those pervs. Religion is right and gayness is weird; so until gay Jesus sticks his resurrerection all up in our face, in the name of tolerance, intolerance must be tolerated. Amen.
What’s Latin for “Irony”?
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28 Responses to Vatican Officials: This Intolerance of Our Intolerance Will Not Be Tolerated

  1. Paulo



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        • Heather


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  2. Mark Moore


    NAILED IT! Excellent article. The Roman Catholic Church has perfected aggression as a result of imagined insults. How many have died as a result of Catholic atrocities and they complain because we laugh at their god and satan.

  3. Guest


    HAHAHAHAHAHA…..Christians being scared to be who they are? Yeah okay. Next time I see someone wearing a crucifix I shall commend them for the bravery, and become hoarse by the end of the day. HAHAHAH. The delusion has moved past their sky-daddy and now has them thinking they are being oppressed. WOW.

  4. Scott


    “Unlike being gay, Christianity is not a choice. Some people are simply born that way.”

    This is why people hate religion. You are ruining the future of the world by having beliefs set in the 18th century. Last time I checked, there’s 2-3 churches within 5 square miles of the majority of US towns and cities. I don’t remember when athiests persecuted “witches” and “gypsies” and homosexuals because of their non-religon.

    IE: Look up Salem Witch Hunts, The Inquisition, Crusades

    • Anonymous


      It’s all sarcasm this isn’t even a real news website. The tweet was definitely real though.

  5. Filipe


    Ohh… So gay people don’t born gay ? hum i wonder how many gays converted to Heterosexual and how many Christians converted to non-believers…
    This article is, in a word, ignorant.

    • Sarcasm


      This is sarcasm…

    • Tempest


      Someone’s been doubling up on their daily dose of oblivious and stupid apparently.

    • Heather


      Um. This entire article is sarcastic. Pretty much starting with “Finally, the Vatican is speaking truth to power” is specifically sarcastic to point out how incredibly WRONG this all is.

  6. Brian Westley



  7. DPM


    Good article, but it isn’t irony as this is unfortunately become what we expect of the Christian powers that be.

  8. Linda (The Daily Dolt)

    You always get the best comment sections, Mike. It’s not even fair.

  9. Pascal G


    Ignorance is bliss, Ignorance is bliss.

  10. DarthDiggler


    I did notice that the most damning things this guy said were paraphrased and not quoted. :) If you really want to hang a man with his words it helps if you use his words verbatim and not infer things.

    “That’s because my religious beliefs are correct”

    These beliefs being correct aren’t really applicable in the USA. We have first amendment rights that gives us the freedom to worship as we please (spelled out clear as day). To some degree that is being encroached upon in the modern day.

    That really doesn’t take anything away from anyone else. A church can certainly reassure its rights just like gays can.

    This is a non-story getting trumped up to serve an agenda.

    • Heather


      Apparently this article needs a giant, bolded “THIS IS SARCASM” warning.

    • Bill


      Wait..what? That was sarcasm? I feel my rights as a sarcasm deficient being are being trampled. ;)

  11. bettlebart


    Christians are persecuted? Yea right

    Also Gays aren’t born gay, they are developed in the womb. It is know that they have a birth defect (too much/little hormones from their mother during development).

  12. wat


    I laughed entirely too hard at this.

  13. Ed


    This is a tactic of conservatives worldwide.

  14. BAAWA Steve


    Rather amusing that we need to be TOLD it was scarcasm.

  15. EffThat


    This is preposterous. Firstly there is no god, therefore everything else is moot. Fools the lot of them, using mysticism and mythology which is simply a biological trick of the subconscious to justify their thoughts of superiority. They are not superior, they are inferior for believing in something as stupid and childish as god.

    • Big_Frank


      Heresy! Lol. About the only thing as funny as the articles themselves are the comments.

  16. rrrrrr


    what a bunch of fucks

  17. papaed


    They keep forgetting their “GOD” failed astronomy 101 in stating the sun and the stars revolve around the earth.
    Your Christian God has been on the wrong side of sexism, racism, genocide, slavery, human rights and child labor.
    The reason wee do not want to be oppressed by Christians is you are historically WRONG EVERY TIME!

    • Big_Frank


      Umm, not to be the guy that gets technical on people, but the model for the solar system pre-Copernicus was based on the observations of ancient world astronomers like Ptolemy (hence the Ptolemaic model).

      The Bible never talks about the solar system, the Church just embraced the idea of the scientists of their day like the Egyptians and Greeks (ironic, yes?).

      I think it’s important to remember that the Bible is a guide to spirituality, not science. As for the rest of it, ever since Vatican II the Catholic Church has been a lot less focused on the angry, vengeful Old Testament God. My dad said that the Catholic Church I grew up in is TOTALLY different from when he was young.

      And let’s be real, the Catholic Church hasn’t (warning: sarcasm approaching) had a good solid witch hunt in about 300-400 years, which makes Church history REALLY boring. All we’ve done lately is offer medical and education services for the sick and the poor. (end sarcasm)