Catholic political advocate, Bernard Gaynor, welcomes the election of Pope Francis and says that his political activity provides a powerful example to all Catholic politicians.
“Pope Francis has shown great courage to lead political opposition in Argentina against gay marriage and abortion,” Mr Gaynor said.
“Pope Francis has also warned Catholic legislators that they cannot support abortion or gay marriage and continue to receive Holy Communion.”
Mr Gaynor said that he hoped this example and warning would spur prominent Catholic politicians like Tony Abbott and Bob Katter to stand strong in the current debates about gay marriage and Medicare funding of gender-based abortions.
“Unfortunately, both Bob Katter and Tony Abbott have recently said that they support legalised abortion or that they are not interested in dealing with this issue.”
“Bob Katter also tried to stop me from speaking about abortion and attacked me for writing to Australia’s Catholic bishops over the matter.”
“As Catholics, they cannot straddle the fence on abortion.”
Mr Gaynor also said that Pope Francis’ example was a repudiation of former New South Wales Premier, Kristina Kenneally, who claimed to be a practising Catholic while supporting gay adoption rights.
“The truth is that Kristina Kenneally’s actions were completely at odds with the Catholic Church. She set herself up as her own pope.”
“While Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis said gay adoption was discrimination of children. He is right.” Mr Gaynor said.