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I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, October 13, 2014

Roman Catholicism Bowing to Homosexuality?!?

I read news this morning about the Vatican’s report on “debates at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.”  Frankly, I was shocked at things being said because the Roman Catholic Church has remained staunch about sexual immorality even as so many non-Catholic denominations and individual assemblies have kowtowed to the culture.  Of course this report has not been announced without eliciting much controversy.  Let’s look at some of the things said, as reported on the Catholic Life Site News, followed by my comments (I’m not going to address the issue of divorce and remarriage except to say I think the RCC is wrong about their stance):

The document is largely framed in terms of the need to reach out to people in their sinful state, or, as it says, to “accept people in their concrete being.” This “requires that the doctrine of the faith … be proposed alongside with mercy,” it explains.

People “in their concrete being” are not homosexuals.  Homosexual behavior is always a choice, and one’s sexual desires are not their “concrete” being.  We are more than our sexual desires in our fundamental being.  And does “mercy” mean we are not to tell homosexuals to leave their sin?

“Following the expansive gaze of Christ, whose light illuminates every man the Church turns respectfully to those who participate in her life in an incomplete and imperfect way, appreciating the positive values they contain rather than their limitations and shortcomings,” [my bold emphasis]

What “positive values” can one find in a homosexual relationship?  NONE - the entire relationship is rebellion against God, and God says it is an abomination to Him.  Are there “positive values” to other immoral relationships?  Certainly not with adultery.  Possibly with those who are living as husband and wife without the benefit of a marriage ceremony.

“Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.”

Perhaps they do, and perhaps adulterers do also.  But should we then permit them to fellowship as long as they are still sinning and refusing to repent of it?

“Are our communities capable of providing [them a welcoming home], accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”

Please explain just how Christians are supposed to “accept and value” homosexuality when God calls it an abomination?  Accepting it and giving it any value at all does indeed compromise not only RCC doctrine in regards to marriage and family, but also every other Christian’s.

“The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman”

No, but the report wants them to give it acceptance and value nevertheless!

“I guess that what I want to express is that we must respect the dignity of every person, and the fact to be homosexual doesn’t mean that this dignity must be not recognized and promoted. … I think it is the most important point, and also the attitude of the Church to welcome persons who have homosexual orientation is based on the dignity of the person they are.”

If the person who has homosexual “orientation” repents of the immorality associated with such desires, and turns his or her life over to Christ, then — and ONLY then — should they be welcome in any Christian assembly.

[Archbishop Bruno] Forte said that homosexual unions have "rights that should be protected,"

Can someone explain to me just what “rights” homosexual unions have in the Church?  The Church is expected to DENOUNCE such unions, not “accept and value” them!  What about adulterers — do they have “rights that should be protected” by the Church?

I realize this report is not the final document, but only preliminary.  However, to even suggest such things is in itself rebelling against God.  I’d like to see the Pope come out strongly against such suggestions so as to demonstrate just what will be the official stance of Rome.  Or will he accept it and lead Rome further down the apostasy road?


Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

Insomuch as I believe that Roman Catholicism is a false gospel of salvation by works, I would expect this. I am more bothered by churches that are generally perceived to be authentically Christian but then bend their doctrines to tolerate and conform to the depravity of our culture.

Jon Gleason said...

A political institution doing what political institutions do.