Pope Francis Authorizes Blessing Homosexual Couples and Adulterers with a Declaration and a “Clarification” that Favor Sin

Pope Francis Authorizes Blessing Homosexual Couples and Adulterers with a Declaration and a “Clarification” that Favor Sin

Amid the worst crisis in the Church’s history, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith published the December 18 Declaration Fiducia Supplicans (FS), authorizing priests to bless adulterous and homosexual relationships. There followed a Clarification confirming what the declaration said. Both statements favor adulterous couples and homosexual pairs at a time when civil laws … Read more

The German Synodal Way: Will it Change Church Teaching to “Include” Homosexuals?

The German Synodal Way: Will it Change Church Teaching to “Include” Homosexuals? Pope Francis has convoked a “Synod on Synodality” in Rome during October. Many faithful Catholics have expressed concern as the Synod’s promoters have proposed severe and potentially destructive changes to the Church’s structures and teachings. The following article, adapted from the recently published book, The Synodal Process Is a Pandora’s Box, discusses changes to Catholic Moral Teaching by Germany’s Synodal Way. Synodaler Weg means Synodal Way. It is the particular way the Catholic Church in Germany has chosen to adapt to synodality, independently of the universal Synod, anticipating it and even surpassing Rome’s orientations. Its call for radical change can be found in a preparatory document for the Weg that states: “We are convinced that the reorientation of pastoral ministry will not be possible without a substantial reshuffle of the Church’s sexual doctrine…In particular, the doctrine that considers sexual intercourse ethically legitimate only in the context of a lawful marriage and only in permanent openness to procreating offspring has led to a widespread rupture between the magisterium and the faithful.”[note]Der Synodale Weg, “Leben in gelingenden Beziehungen - Grundlinien einer erneuerten Sexualethik,” p. 2, accessed Jun. 21, 2023, https://www.synodalerweg.de/fileadmin/Synodalerweg/Dokumente_Reden_Beitraege/SV-IV/SV-IV_Synodalforum-IV-Grundtext-Lesung2.pdf.[/note] Likewise, another Weg document states, Same-sex sexuality—also realized in sexual acts—is therefore not a sin that is punished by God and is not to be deemed intrinsically evil… In the course of this re-evaluation of homosexuality, among other things, passages 2357—2359 as well as 2396 (homosexuality and chastity) of the Catechism[of the Catholic Church] should be revised…“Homosexual acts” must be removed from the list of “grave sins against chastity.”[note]Der Synodale Weg, “Handlungstext—Lehramtliche Neubewertung von Homosexualität,” pp. 4–5, accessed Jun. 21, 2023, https://www.synodalerweg.de/fileadmin/Synodalerweg/Dokumente_Reden_Beitraege/beschluesse-broschueren/SW8-Handlungstext_LehramtlicheNeubewertungvonHomosexualitaet_2022.pdf.[/note] Yet another document is very clear: “One of the tasks of the Synod would be to develop a new view of homosexuality and same-sex relationships and to work toward an opening.”[note]Der Synodale Weg, “First Synodal Assembly, Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2020, Frankfurt,” p. 16, accessed Jun. 21, 2023, https://www.synodalerweg.de/fileadmin/Synodalerweg/Dokumente_Reden_Beitraege/Synodalversammlung-I-Protokoll.pdf.[/note] Others Support the German Position Luxembourg Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, relator general of the October Synod, agrees. He declared that the Church’s doctrine on homosexual relations is “false” and must, therefore, be changed because “the sociological-scientific foundation of such teaching is no longer correct.”[note] “I believe that this is false. But I also believe that here we are thinking further about the teaching. So, as the Pope has said in the past, this can lead to a change in teaching. “So I believe that the sociological-scientific foundation of this teaching is no longer correct.” (Simon Caldwell, “Cardinal Hollerich: Church Teaching on Gay Sex Is ‘False’ and Can Be Changed,” The Catholic Herald, Feb. 3, 2022, https://catholicherald.co.uk/cardinal-hollerich-church-teaching-on-gay-sex-is-false-and-can-be-changed/)[/note] Get the book now! The Synodal Process Is a Pandora’s Box is now available for $10.95. Click here to get your copy now. Other bishops’ conferences share this opinion. For example, some French bishops recently asked the pope to have the Catechism of the Catholic Church modified to not condemn homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to the natural law.” The French Bishops’ Conference has designated a commission of theologians to study reformulating the doctrine on this subject.[note]See Solène Tadié, “‘Several’ French Bishops Ask Pope to Reformulate Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality,” National Catholic Register, Mar. 13, 2023, https://www.ncregister.com/blog/some-french-bishops-ask-pope-to-reformulate-doctrine.[/note] Weg Promoters Propose Replacing Church Moral Doctrine Weg promoters propose a new approach to sexual morality. It should be based no longer on divine and natural law but on the self-perception of one’s responsibility toward others. Prof. Thomas Söding, vice president of the Synodaler Weg, writes: “The solution to the problem lies in redefining the relationship between personality and sexuality in Church teaching…Individual responsibility increases, combined with social tolerance and acceptance by the Church, which clearly defines when there is abuse [invasive behavior] and when human rights and dignity are attacked. But the Church also defines sexual self-determination and responsibility concerning others and oneself without spying on [people’s] sexual practices.”[note]Thomas Söding, Gemeinsam unterwegs: Synodalität in der katholischen Kirche (Ostfildern, Germany: Matthias Grünewald Verlag, 2022), 271–72.[/note] Other Calls for “Including” Homosexuals? Almost all concluding documents of the synodal journey’s continental stages (Continental Syntheses) explicitly mention the need to include LGBT persons. Moreover, high-ranking prelates have taken a similar line. For example, as already mentioned, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, relator general of the Synod, believes that changing the Church’s teaching on homosexuality is necessary. Get the book now! The Synodal Process Is a Pandora’s Box is now available for $10.95. Click here to get your copy now. For his part, Cardinal Robert McElroy, bishop of San Diego, argues that the universal Synod is the right occasion to examine some Church doctrines, including the question of women’s ordination to the priesthood. However, his main focus is on the “radical inclusion of LGBT people.” For the Californian cardinal, the Church’s distinction between persons of homosexual orientation who abstain from sinning and those who sin by committing homosexual acts is pastorally inconvenient as it divides the community about receiving Holy Communion and actively participating in Church life. All LGBT persons should be included based on the “dignity of every person as a child of God” without making the distinctions the Church makes.[note]Raymond J. de Souza, “Cardinal McElroy’s Attack on Church Teachings on Sexuality Is a Pastoral Disaster,” National Catholic Register, Jan. 26, 2023, https://www.ncregister.com/commentaries/cardinal-mcelroy-s-attack-on-church-teachings-on-sexuality-is-a-pastoral-disaster.[/note] [facebook-page-plugin href="Tradition.Family.Property.TFP/" width="400" cover="false" facepile="false" cta="false" small="true" adapt="true" link="true" linktext="Click Here to Like Traditional Values" lang="en_US" ] Photo Credit:  © sborisov – stock.adobe.com

Pope Francis has convoked a “Synod on Synodality” in Rome during October. Many faithful Catholics have expressed concern as the Synod’s promoters have proposed severe and potentially destructive changes to the Church’s structures and teachings. The following article, adapted from the recently published book, The Synodal Process Is a Pandora’s Box, discusses changes to Catholic Moral … Read more

Pope Francis Increases Confusion on the Homosexual Sin

Pope Francis has inaugurated a new kind of magisterium—media interviews. Amid relaxed conversations with journalists, he addresses complex doctrinal topics that require precision and clarity. “Talismanic Words” Journalists pick through his confusing expressions looking for soundbites to turn into headlines for their media outlets and then spread them worldwide. One could call these slogans “talismanic … Read more

Pope Francis’s Tacit Approval for Belgian Bishops’ Homo-Heresy

On September 20, 2022, the Belgian-Flemish bishops’ released their “liturgy” for celebrating homosexual union ceremonies—a parody of real marriage. In a previous article,1 we wondered rhetorically whether Pope Francis would condemn the bishops’ homo-heresy. Order Today: Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and … Read more

Will Pope Francis Condemn the Belgian Bishops’ Homo-Heresy?

Will Pope Francis Condemn the Belgian Bishops’ Homo-Heresy?

On September 20 this year, the bishops of Flanders, Belgium, approved and published a liturgy to bless and celebrate the union of same-sex couples. A communiqué titled “Homosexual Persons Are Pastorally Close, for a Hospitable Church That Excludes No One”1 was signed by Cardinal Josef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels, Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Bishop … Read more

Francis’s Responsibility Facing Homosexual Heresy and the Transgender Dictatorship

Francis’s Responsibility Facing Homosexual Heresy and the Transgender Dictatorship

Starting this spring, Villanova University near Philadelphia adopted “inclusive language” that promotes “transgenderism.” It calls itself a Catholic university. Founded and run by the Augustinian order, Fr. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD. is the current president. Its Mission Statement reads: “Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction … Read more

How LGBTQ Activists Attack Birdwatchers as Subversives

How LGBTQ Activists Attack Birdwatchers as Subversives

The world of the “woke” gets increasingly curious by the day. Recently, an article crossed my desk from Frontpage Magazine. It described a movement to specifically involve the LGBTQ crowd birdwatching. I have never been a birdwatcher (or “birder,” as they are called). I enjoy beautiful plumage as much as anyone and spent many hours … Read more

Is Pope Francis Enabling Homo-Heresy Inside the Church?

Is Pope Francis Enabling Homo-Heresy Inside the Church?

In a Symbolic Detonation, Germany’s Church Blessings for Same-Sex Pairs Trigger Open Revolt On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a friar without a vocation, nailed his libel of revolt at the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Saxony. Although everything had already been prepared for this revolt, that symbolic gesture triggered from the … Read more