(Part 8)


November 27, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper, a German bishop, is one of the key figures among liberals in the Church, and was at the center of the controversies that surrounded the Synod of Bishops just concluded last October. He and other liberals want more favorable treatment for homosexuals and divorced/remarried Catholics.

The language inserted by Cardinal Kasper and others at the Synod favoring homosexuals and divorced/remarried Catholics was overturned, and the final Synod document (Relatio Synodi) was basically faithful to established Catholic teaching. However, this document will now be the subject of discussion for one year, up to the Synod in October 2015. We can be sure the progressives will once again attempt to further their agenda.

Now we see that a majority of the German bishops are also liberals or progressives. This could possibly be the case also with many western bishops. What saved the day at the Synod was the orthodox stand of the African bishops, and others as well.

We need to be vigilant and uncompromising in living out authentic Church teaching on human sexuality, marriage and family life. Many liberals are into social action and reaching out to the poor and marginalized, but make compromises in the whole dimensions of sin, salvation and soul. But what good would acceptance be in this life, only to face rejection by the Lord in the next life?


German bishops weigh hiring homosexual partners, remarried divorcés


Catholic World News – November 26, 2014

The German Catholic bishops have discussed—but eventually tabled—a proposal to allow Church institutions to hire workers who are divorced and remarried, or who are in active homosexual relationships.

Current Church policies forbid the hiring of employees whose living arrangements are in clear contradiction of Christian moral law. But journalist Edward Pentin reports that at a meeting this week, a majority of the German bishops, led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, were prepared to change that policy.

The drive for change was stalled, at least temporarily, by an adamant minority, Pentin reports. The bishops ultimately agreed to postpone a policy decision until next April.

Ironically, the bishops met to discuss the issue just after a German court ruled that a Catholic hospital in Dusseldorf did not violate the legal rights of a doctor who was dismissed from the staff because he was divorced and remarried. The court found that Catholic institutions have a right to require conformity with the moral teachings of the Church.

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