Pope Francis shocked the world today when he announced that he is gay. “This is something I have been struggling with for a long time, and I think it is time for me to come out of the closet,” the Pope said in a statement. “I am happy and proud to be gay, and I hope that my coming out will help other gay people feel comfortable in their own skin.”
The news has sent shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church, with many conservative Catholics expressing their outrage at the Pope’s announcement. “This is a disgraceful and sinful act,” said one Catholic leader. “The Pope is leading the Church down a path of destruction.”
Others, however, have welcomed the Pope’s announcement. “It’s about time the Catholic Church had a gay Pope,” said one gay rights activist. “This will help to break down the barriers of discrimination and hatred that have been erected against LGBT people.”
Pope Francis has not yet announced whether he plans to marry his male partner, but he is expected to make a statement on that in the coming days. In the meantime, the Catholic Church is in turmoil, with many people wondering what the future holds for the world’s largest Christian denomination.