Give aid and comfort to the transgender prostitutes that have no customers?
It must have been what the transgender prostitutes wanted. They sent an audio message of thanks to the Vatican, as described by Fox News and LIFESITE, a contemporary web site:
Many thanks to Pope Francis! May God bless you, thank you for everything! A thousand blessings! May the Virgin protect you!
[Thought to be part of a prayer to the Virgin Mary, whose image is venerated as Protectress of Rome]
What would Jesus do, if He were here? After rendering aid, might Jesus also say to them the same thing he said to the woman caught in adultery?
‘ … Has no one condemned you?’ 11She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’ – Gospel of Jesus Christ, John 8:10-11
It’s not reported if there was a direct conversation between the Pope and the transgender prostitutes. LIFESITE describes the process for the requests that come before the Pope.
The group of transsexual prostitutes reached out to Pope Francis, through the Papal Almoner, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. The Papal Almoner is responsible for charitable works done in the name of the Holy Father. Krajewski ‘immediately brought personally all the necessary help …’
And the transgender prostitutes went away thankful – and happy, too? Did the Papal Almoner explain the official position of the Catholic Church:
Catholic teaching considers gender ‘reassignment’ an impossibility and a violation of the Creator’s intention.
Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, together with several other bishops, wrote in their 2019 Declaration of Truths that gender reassignment surgery is a ‘grave sin’ and a ‘rebellion’ against divine and natural law.
The pope’s indirect way of sending immediate assistance opens a few curious questions. Why are there intermediates in the contact link for both the temporal and spiritual solution to these existential problems?
The Pope sends the temporal help through intemediates. The transgenders send thanks for the temporal aid through the Papal Almoner. And the spiritual thanks are sent to God through the Virgin (Mary) – not Jesus Christ?
The Catholic Church will tell you that addressing the saints and the Virgin (Mary) are really prayers to more highly advocates that have higher favor than us, that will carry our pleas to Jesus, the true intercessor between God and human.
But here is what happens much of the time. Humans like to find shortcuts to lengthy processes and “thanks to the Virgin for relaying our pleas to Jesus” gets shortened to “thanks to the Virgin” for prayers answered.
And what follow is “patron saints,” names of dead saints to pray to, who are set forth as those who have favor with certain causes. It even applies to inanimate objects.
The people of Rome have centuries in their history of prayers to saints, even the veneration of a burned “miraculous” cross that is said to brought deliverance from a plague,
The Catholic Church calls this veneration, a synonym for sure, for adoration. But it’s worse than that. Many other Christians think it is idolatry, especially when thanks are attributed to relics or prayers before a “miraculous” cross.
Part One link here.