The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the political organ of the American Catholic hierarchy, is promoting National Organization for Marriage’s upcoming marriage discrimination rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with a “five reasons” list.

Reason number one that the Catholic bishops say that people should rally with NOM: Pope Francis is a confirmed marriage discriminator.

1. When Pope Francis was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he encouraged the Catholic faithful to march for marriage. The year was 2010 and the Argentinean legislature was debating whether or not to redefine marriage. According to Zenit news, then-Cardinal Bergoglio “appealed to parish priests, rectors and chaplains of churches to facilitate the participation of the faithful” in a planned march and demonstration against redefining marriage. The marchers united under the motto “We want a mommy and daddy for our children” and Cardinal Bergoglio encouraged them to keep the tone positive. Read more about Pope Francis’ defense of marriage and family during his time in Buenos Aires.

Marriage equality advocates will also be gathering in Washington, D.C. and across the nation on March 26 & 27 to show their support for the freedom to marry.  One hundred and fifty events have been scheduled in all 50 states to coincide with hearings on the Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act cases by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pope Francis greeting President and Mrs. Mugabe after the papal inaugural. Photo credit: Gay Star News

After his inaugural mass in Rome today, Pope Francis warmly greeted Robert Mugabe, the scathingly anti-gay president of Zimbabwe.  Mugabe called gays “worse than dogs and pigs” and stated that “What we are being persuaded to accept is sub-animal behavior and we will never allow it here. If you see people parading themselves as lesbians and gays, arrest them and hand them over to the police!” during an independence day celebration in 1995, according to Gay Star News.

Mugabe, who is supposed to be under an E.U. travel ban because of his horrific human rights record, was seated in the VIP section during the pope’s inauguration, Gay Star News reported.

It’s only Day One of Pope Francis’s tenure and already it seems confirmed that the new pope’s anti-gay views are as severe as ever.  If it were otherwise, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wouldn’t be using him to promote NOM’s discriminatory event.