Pope Francis has teamed up with the scandal-ridden Walt Disney Company to produce a documentary in which he says using dating apps like Tinder is “normal” while insisting “the true Church is on the peripheries.”
The 83-minute Spanish-language documentary titled “The Pope Answers,” released on April 5 on the Disney+ streaming platform, features a conversation between the pontiff and ten young people. The pope answers questions on contemporary issues such as sexual identity, feminism, abortion, migration, abuse, loss of faith, racism, the role of women and more. The young people are all Spanish speakers between the ages of 20 and 25, hailing from Spain, Senegal, Argentina, the United States, Peru, and Colombia.
The documentary, which was filmed in June 2022 in Rome’s Pigneto district, touches on a number of the pope’s favorite themes, such as immigration. Speaking of repatriation of illegal migrants, Francis noted that “this happens today, it happens at the borders of Europe, and sometimes with the complicity of some authorities who send them back.”
“There are countries in Europe — I don’t want to name them so as not to create a diplomatic incident —that have small towns or villages that are almost empty, countries where there are only twenty old people and unfarmed fields,” he said. “And these countries, which are experiencing a demographic winter, do not even welcome migrants.”
During the conversation, a Spanish girl named Celia tells the pope that she is non-binary and Christian, explaining that “a non-binary person is one who is neither man nor woman, or, at least, not all the time,” and goes on to ask if there is room in the Church for sexual and gender diversity.
“Every person is a child of God, every person,” he answers. “God does not reject anyone, God is Father. And I have no right to expel anyone from the Church. Not only that, my duty is always to welcome. The Church cannot close the door to anyone. To no one.”
Yes, every person is a child of God. That doesn’t mean the Church shouldn’t reject the anti-Christian tenets of gender ideology.