Bishop Schneider Likens Pope Francis’ Support of Homosexual ‘Blessings’ to Emperor Without Clothes

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has exhorted Catholics to call out Pope Francis for his support of homosexual couple “blessings,” just like a child called out an emperor for being “naked” in Hans Christian Anderson’s folktale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

In a Thursday interview with podcaster Father Daniel Maria Klimek, Bishop Schneider commented on the widespread condemnation of Fiducia Supplicans by prelates around the world, including bishops in Poland, Africa, Ukraine, Greece, and Hungary.

“This is an evident sign that this document is inacceptable in itself to everyone who still uses his reason, who still has common sense,” Schneider told Klimek, calling Fiducia Supplicans “evidently a blessing for sin” in “a very cunning sophistic form.”

In face of the “mental acrobatics” involved in justifying blessings for homosexual couples, prelates are insisting that the Vatican cannot take them “for idiots.”

Schneider stressed that the Vatican document specifically refers to “couples,” which “in our language is… for a sexual relationship,” “and so saying that they will only bless the couple but not the relationship is a deception and is an insult to our reason.”

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