Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Francis: Homosexual Civil Unions can be acceptable

Lifesite News reports:

"A U.S. archbishop says Pope Francis told a group of American bishops in Rome that civil unions for homosexual couples that give them access to public benefits are 'acceptable,' as long as it’s clear such arrangements can never be considered marriage.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco told LifeSiteNews that during their January 27 ad limina visit, the pope said, in the words of the archbishop, that 'civil unions between two people of the same sex can never be marriage.  As long as this is respected, civil unions that give access to government benefits can be acceptable.'

However, to regard homosexual civil unions as acceptable contradicts Catholic teaching, notably reaffirmed in the 1986, 1992 and 2003 documents issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and approved by Pope Saint John Paul II."

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in its document entitled Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, warns that even where homosexual unions have been legalized, "clear and emphatic opposition is a duty." (No. 5). This important document stresses that, "any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws" and even any "material cooperation on the level of their application" must be avoided. "In this area," states the document, "everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection."

Considerations makes it abundantly clear that, "The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to considerations of homosexual unions." (No. 11). In other words, there can be no doubt that all Catholics have a moral duty to oppose the homosexual agenda.


Kathleen1031 said...

For Catholics who weren't alive during the 1980's and 1990's, this was the rickety thinking back then, that it was okay to give homosexuals "civil unions", because they would be satisfied with that and never ask for anything like marriage. We see how that turned out. Now we're fighting to just say there are two sexes and trying to prevent our librarians from corrupting babies with drag queens who show them their naked crotch during storytime. (yes, that happened)

But he knows this, because he was alive then. He just (rightly) assumes there are still Catholics dumb enough to accept such a limp rationale.

John said...

Spot on Kathleen1031, we are discussing this and other issues pertaining to marriage, Catholic moral teaching and the Natural Law at the prayer house in Mason, NH this Friday.

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