three million pilgrims at a night vigil on Copacabana Beach in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, last Saturday.
Pope Francisco, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, called the Brazilian youth to
action, saying God had a bigger plan for their lives than just a World
During his return flight to Italy aboard the Alitalia jet, after the
end of the Youth Day, the Pope spoke for an hour and 20 minutes with
reporters answering all questions, something that hasn’t been seen in
more than 20 years.
Speaking about homosexuals, which contrary to his predecessor, the
Pope calls gays, he said: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and
has a good heart, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic
Church explains that ‘nobody should marginalize people for their
sexual preference; on the contrary, gays should be integrated in
I admire Pope Francisco for his openness in expressing his opinion
about homosexuality, because personally, I believe all human beings
should be respected and accepted for the way they have chosen to be or
the way that God has made them; but as a Catholic, I believe he missed
an important point and fact.
If a priest feels any different in his sexual preferences and chooses
to have a homosexual relationship, he should look among his peers for
another priest with the same feelings and desires, but never to take
advantage of minor children as many have done during more than six
decades in the priesthood.
There is no secret that many children have lost their innocence
because of the actions of some depraved priests. In my own opinion, in
cases like that, those men are not seeking and/or serving the Lord,
but destroying the faith parents and children once have had in the
Catholic Church. In that case they should not be called homosexuals,
but child predators.
I count a few friends of my own who are gay (men and women), but they
are all decent people who never would destroy the life of a child. In
fact, two of those people I know have adopted children and they are
wonderful parents (probably better parents than many straight people)
who would never touch them in a disrespectful way.
Only God can judge others; and not the Pope or anybody else is in this
world to judge others — but the ones without the decency and integrity
to deal with children not only need to be judged, but taken off the
face of the earth.
When speaking to reporters about homosexuality, that was one point on
which the Pope forgot to openly express his opinion and beliefs.
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Rest in Peace, Officer Van Buskirk
It always hits me deeply when a young person dies even if I don’t know
him or her, but the tragic death of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
officer David Van Buskirk has saddened me more than anybody else.
He gave his life trying to rescue and save the life of another human
being, a total stranger. Ironically, he was about to leave Search and
Rescue after six years with that unit to perform other duties within
the department as a new sergeant.
Fellow officers described him as intelligent, dedicated and
courageous; the best of the best.
My deepest condolences to his wife, family, his best friends at the
department, Sheriff Doug Gillespie and all the men and women of the
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
From the preferential place the Good Lord has reserved for officer Van
Buskirk, I am sure he will be watching over all and every one of you,
giving strength to his wife, parents, sister and nephews and
protecting the life of his working buddies for a safe return home
every day or night.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky,
email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.