The Vatican conclave has chosen a new pope, to be named “Francis” or “Francisco.” Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is 76, was the runner-up to Pope Benedict XVI eight years ago during the last papal vote. He will be the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and the first from Argentina.
Bergoglio, a Jesuit, has been the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998, and was elevated to Cardinal in 2001.
Bergoglio of course is especially anti-gay, and in 2010 wrote of Argentina’s efforts to legalize same-sex marriage:
“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
He reportedly also calls adoption of children by same-sex couples a form of discrimination against children.
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