FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX UNIONS – 11
September 16, 2015
As the meeting of the Synod of Bishops in October draws nearer, the liberals are becoming more vocal and more outspoken. The agenda is getting clearer. Our Church is in grave danger.
What is wrong with the positions of these two bishops?
* “sympathy for Catholics engaged in homosexual unions.” While we should have mercy and compassion for all, and pastoral concern for those in sin, we should not act in ways that appear to condone serious sin, which homosexual unions are.
* “a stable homosexual relationship is preferable to temporary affairs.” In no way can sin be acceptable. This is like saying a person who murders just one other person is preferable to a mass murderer. In fact, in the case of homosexuality, it is worse if the relationship is stable. That means it might endure, and keep the partners forever in sin.
* “the Church should support civil unions and ‘accompany them on their way.’” In no way should the Church support sin. In no way should we accompany sinners on their errant way (is that the way to hell?). Yes we should reach out to sinners, but we should speak to them of what is sin, and help them get out of their sin, rather than in effect condoning their sin as we are merrily accompanying them.
* “the proper attitude of pastors is ‘a benevolent gaze that sees how much good will and how much effort there is even in the midst of much suffering.’” It is not benevolence to in effect encourage people in their sin. It is false mercy! It is not about goodwill or effort, which by themselves are good values. Even the greatest value of love is not practiced in a vacuum. We can only remain in God’s love if we keep His commandments (Jn 15:10). And as to suffering? Is not the ultimate suffering being cut off from God and ending up in hell?
* “a homosexual who enters into a lasting relationship has taken ‘an important step for his own good.’” A homosexual who enters into a lasting relationship has taken a step to eternal damnation. How can that be in any way be for his own good?
* “this approach would not compromise Church teaching, because ‘while walking with people we are called to walk in the faith.’” Indeed this approach will compromise Church teaching. If even now that such people are told they are in sin, they persist in their sin, how much more will they persist if we are condoning their sin, if we are not speaking of their sin, if we are accompanying them in their sin? We are called to walk in the faith, but we walk in contradiction to our faith? How is that possible?
* “the Church cannot support same-sex marriage, but should support legal recognition of civil unions.” That is the same banana, covered in legalese. The Church is supposed to be God’s light to the world, and she has to be consistent. The Church cannot say she does not support same-sex marriage because it is wrong, but then support civil unions and their legal recognition. So sin has become a private domain of religion and faith and no longer in the public realm? Such Catholics have succumbed to the wrong interpretation advanced by the gay agenda about the separation of Church and state.
* “He called for ‘a private form of blessing’ for couples engages in such unions.” Oh my Lord! Bless sin? We know what the world has come to. But what is our Church, the holy and apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ himself, coming to?
I am so very deeply troubled. Please pray intently and implore the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts and minds of our prelates at the Synod, imparting to them the truth of our faith and the critical need for appropriate pastoral practices, which do not give in to political correctness, or worse, to the diabolical agenda of the evil one.
Whatever happens at the Synod, we Catholics need to know our faith, so that we do not succumb to the reproductive health and gender ideologies and modernism that are sweeping not just the whole world but also the inner recesses of our Catholic Church as well.
Stand for authentic Catholicism!
German-speaking bishops voice sympathy for homosexual unions
Catholic World News – September 14, 2015
Two German-speaking bishops have indicated their sympathy for Catholics engaged in homosexual unions.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said that a stable homosexual relationship is preferable to temporary affairs. And Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück, Germany suggested that the Church should support civil unions and “accompany them on their way.”
Cardinal Schönborn, in an interview with Father Antonion Spadaro of La Civilta Cattolica said that the proper attitude of pastors is “a benevolent gaze that sees how much good will and how much effort there is even in the midst of much suffering.” While the Church cannot recognize a homosexual union, he said, a homosexual who enters into a lasting relationship has taken “an important step for his own good.”
The cardinal insisted that this approach would not compromise Church teaching, because “while walking with people we are called to walk in the faith.”
Bishop Bode, who will participate in the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, was more outspoken. He said that the Church cannot support same-sex marriage, but should support legal recognition of civil unions. He called for “a private form of blessing” for couples engages in such unions.
Additional sources for this story
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- Stable gay relationship is better than a ‘temporary’ one, says Cardinal Schönborn (Catholic Herald)
- German Bishop wants the Church to bless homosexual “unions” ~ “…assist them with prayer and a private form of blessing…” (Toronto Catholic Witness)
- “Verschiedene Positionen offen aussprechen” (DomRadio.De)
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