According to biblical mythology, Joseph wasn’t merely some human caretaker, he was Jesus’ human father.
But it’s apparently “blasphemous” to create scenes or signs which suggest that Jesus had two fathers, even though a Catholic deacon in Brooklyn, Greg Kandra, pointed out in 2015:
God was Jesus’ father in a much more literal sense than he is our father, so there is no doubt that, for mainstream Christians at least, Jesus did have two dads.
He was quoting from a Faith and Pride post.
The nativity scene pictured above was recently set up in a Los Angeles garden, and outrage, according to this report, immediately followed.
Expressing his distress and great displeasure, the anti-gay Rhode Island Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, above, wrote the following on his Facebook page:
A Gay Nativity? Just came across this photo of a ‘gay nativity’ scene – two Josephs dressed in pink watching over the Christ Child. How sad that someone believes it’s okay (or funny or cool) to impose their own agenda on the holy Birth of Jesus. Pray for those who did so, for their change of heart, and that Jesus will forgive this sacrilege, this attack on the Christian Faith.
• What a blasphemous display of hatred towards our Blessed Lord.
• This is also an offense against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to remove Her from a nativity scene.
• That’s an absolute disgrace to the church and everything it stands for!
Deacon Kandra addressed the thorny “two dads” issue after this sign appeared outside a Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY.
It was quickly removed after protests – and Buffalo’s Bishop Richard Malone said in a statement published by Catholic Family News:
As soon as I learned of this sign, I took immediate action to have it removed. The pastor of SS Columba–Brigid Church told me that the “2 Dads” were meant to refer to a child who has both a father and stepfather. There are several children in his parish who have both a father and stepfather. However, given the potential for the meaning of this message to be misunderstood and even perceived in a heretical way, it was immediately removed.
We can be grateful the sign is removed. With respect, it seems hard to imagine anyone in our time not being aware of what the ‘2 dads’ term can imply, especially since the pro-homosexual book Heather Has 2 Mommies has been around since 1989.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn