FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
BATTLE AT THE SYNOD – 6
August 13, 2015
As the October Synod of Bishops nears, the positioning of liberal prelates is intensifying. And becoming bolder, in openly and publicly opposing traditional Church moral teaching. It looks like they will go all out in the October Synod to advance their agenda.
Their positions are well known.
- It is love that matters, not the sexes of the couple.
- It is fidelity that counts, even if the relationship is sinful.
- Leave it to the individual consciences of lay Catholics, even if such consciences are not well formed, or rather, are deformed precisely because of the erroneous stands of the liberal prelates and priests.
- Respect the dignity of everyone, even if such dignity as a child of God has been seriously tainted by serious sin.
- Accept those who have different views, even as such views differ from the Church Magisterium.
- It is not just about sex, even as the whole problem is precisely the degradation of human sexuality.
- Do not talk about sin because it is offensive.
There is indeed growing moral anarchy. It is right at the heart of our Church. The battle at the October Synod will be decisive. Whatever the outcome, we know what is right and true. We will never accept what is contrary to the teachings of Christ and his Church.
The Kasper Revolution spreads
August 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — The developments in Europe are accelerating. One statement after another shows how high-ranking bishops and prelates are now publicly opposing the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church, which is based upon the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself.
First, on August 1, the Archbishop of Hamburg, Stefan Heße, came out and defended publicly a liberal attitude toward homosexual couples and “remarried” divorcees. As the official website of the German Bishops’ Conference, katholisch.de, reports:
Even though he [Archbishop Heße] is still somewhat hesitant concerning the “homo-marriage,” Heße also says: “But when these people seek to be close to us, then we as Church are there for them. What else?” The Church has to cherish it when in homosexual relationships there are to be found values such as fidelity and reliability. “In my eyes, this does not minimize the love and fidelity between two people,” according to Heße. He also wishes for the remarried divorcees “livable forms for the Church’s recognition and accompaniment,” without thereby giving up the ideal of marriage.
Then, only a few days later, on August 7, the President of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Markus Büchel, came out in a public letter to all co-workers in the pastoral field, defending homosexual couples. After another Swiss bishop, Bishop Vitus Huonder, had publicly spoken about how the Old Testament condemns homosexual practices, Bishop Büchel made a statement distancing himself from such views. In this statement, the Swiss Bishop says:
For the promotion of the good of the person, it is less decisive whether someone has a hetero- or homosexual inclination; rather, the responsible approach to sexuality and all the other dimensions of a relationship (such as attentiveness, carefulness, respect, or fidelity) is decisive. Here we are permitted, as Catholic faithful, to trust the conscience of each individual. Let us rejoice about every relationship in which the partners accept one another as equal, valuable, beloved children of God and respect the dignity of the other and promote the well-being of the persons!
Bishop Büchel continues to stress that to respect the dignity of the human person “also means not to reduce a person and his relationships to the mere sexual question.” He also referred, once more, to Jesus’ teaching according to which love and affection are predominant. The bishop also stressed that at Biblical times, people did not know that homosexuality is a biological inclination and “not a freely chosen sexual orientation.” These statements are in full accord with the themes and statements of the recent May 25 “Shadow Council” which was organized, among others, by the President of the Swiss Bishops’ Conference himself. The German pro-life activist and author, Mathias von Gersdorff, comments upon this statement: “Herewith, he [Büchel] contradicts in a straightforward way the moral teaching on sexuality of the Catholic Church and most probably also the Christian anthropology.”
Last but not least, a Spanish bishop has today caused a great stir by announcing that he will allow a transsexual to become the godparent at an upcoming baptism. As the Swiss website kath.ch reported, the bishop of Cádiz, Spain, Rafael Zornoza, has given permission to the 21-year-old Alex Salinas to become the godparent of his nephew.
This decision came after a national petition was launched in defense of Salinas who first had been denied to become a godparent because she does not live according to the Church’s moral teaching. More than 35,000 people signed the petition in favor of Salinas. Now the diocese declared that “being transsexual does not constitute a reason for being excluded from the office of a godfather,” as kath.ch reports. Salinas himself comments on the new decision, according to the Spanish newspaper El País:
I don’t know if the pope saw my petition – I have no knowledge about that – but of course the entire Church is changing. In fact, they just said that divorced Catholics cannot be excommunicated and I think it is wonderful that the Church is taking a new route.
All these reports come out at a time where Pope Francis himself repeatedly speaks about the importance of welcoming “remarried” divorcees in the parishes and not to have any negative attitude toward them and their children without once mentioning – as a pastor for all – that they live, objectively speaking, in the state of sin. Many concerned Catholics pray and hope that he will soon speak an authoritative word in order to defend, amidst this growing moral anarchy, the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself, as Cardinal Raymond Burke requested nearly a year ago.
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