VATICAN CITY, Italy, October 19, 2018 – Pope Francis' Vatican invited another public relations debacle Wednesday when photos came out in Vatican News of the Pope wearing a "Pride" cross decorated in the colors of the rainbow.
The rainbow cross promptly garnered reaction on social media as a nudge-and-a-wink endorsement of the LGBT movement.
There exists an explanation for a non-LGBT origin of the rainbow cross, and its colors don’t precisely resemble those of the gay “pride” rainbows used by the LGBT movement.
Young people from Panama and some Latin American Synod fathers presented the multi-colored cross for World Youth Day 2019 to Francis, according to a tweet in Italian from the Holy See’s Vatican News service. Other bishops in the photos with Francis are wearing the rainbow cross as well.
“The Holy Father greeted them with joy and blessed them,” the tweet stated.
Still, some Catholics say there’s no other way to read the message conveyed by the pope showing up in official Vatican photos wearing a rainbow cross.
English theologian and author Adrian Hilton questioned outright on Twitter whether the rainbow cross would be considered as a show of LGBT support on the part of Francis.
The bloggers at Creative Minority Report (CMR) said it doesn’t matter whether the pope wearing the rainbow cross was an intentional pro-gay message, because it would be taken as such either way.
The Pope has previously shown the Vatican was interested in welcoming the LGBT community into the church with varying statements.
Sometimes back, the Pope said christians should apologize to gaysand lesbians for the way they have 'been treated' likening it to the racism.
“I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally,” Francis said at a press conference aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia.