THE SERVANT GENERAL
BATTLE AT THE SYNOD - 6
As the October Synod of Bishops nears, the positioning of
liberal prelates is intensifying. And becoming bolder, in
openly and publicly opposing traditional Church moral teaching.
It looks like they will go all out in the October Synod to
advance their agenda.
Their positions are well known.
is love that matters, not the sexes of the couple.
It is fidelity that counts, even if the relationship is
Leave it to the individual consciences of lay Catholics,
even if such consciences are not well formed, or rather,
are deformed precisely because of the erroneous stands of
the liberal prelates and priests.
Respect the dignity of everyone, even if such dignity as
a child of God has been seriously tainted by serious sin.
Accept those who have different views, even as such views
differ from the Church Magisterium.
It is not just about sex, even as the whole problem is precisely
the degradation of human sexuality.
not talk about sin because it is offensive.
There is indeed growing moral anarchy. It is right at the
heart of our Church. The battle at the October Synod will
be decisive. Whatever the outcome, we know what is right and
true. We will never accept what is contrary to the teachings
of Christ and his Church.
Kasper Revolution spreads
August 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The developments in Europe
are accelerating. One statement after another shows how high-ranking
bishops and prelates are now publicly opposing the traditional
moral teaching of the Catholic Church, which
is based upon the teaching of Jesus Christ Himself.
First, on August 1, the Archbishop of Hamburg, Stefan Heße,
came out and defended publicly a liberal attitude toward homosexual
couples and “remarried” divorcees. As the official
website of the German Bishops' Conference, katholisch.de,
Even though he [Archbishop Heße] is still somewhat hesitant
concerning the “homo-marriage,” Heße also
says: “But when these people seek to be close to us,
then we as Church are there for them. What else?” The
Church has to cherish it when in homosexual relationships
there are to be found values such as fidelity and reliability.
“In my eyes, this does not minimize the love and fidelity
between two people,” according to Heße. He also
wishes for the remarried divorcees “livable forms for
the Church's recognition and accompaniment,” without
thereby giving up the ideal of marriage.
Then, only a few days later, on August 7, the President of
the Swiss Bishops' Conference, Bishop Markus Büchel,
came out in a public letter to all co-workers in the pastoral
field, defending homosexual couples. After another Swiss bishop,
Bishop Vitus Huonder, had publicly spoken about how the Old
Testament condemns homosexual practices, Bishop Büchel
made a statement distancing himself from such views. In this
statement, the Swiss Bishop says:
For the promotion of the good of the person, it
is less decisive whether someone has a hetero- or homosexual
inclination; rather, the responsible approach to sexuality
and all the other dimensions of a relationship (such as attentiveness,
carefulness, respect, or fidelity) is decisive.
Here we are permitted, as Catholic faithful, to trust the
conscience of each individual. Let us rejoice about every
relationship in which the partners accept one another as equal,
valuable, beloved children of God and respect the dignity
of the other and promote the well-being of the persons!
Bishop Büchel continues to stress that to respect the
dignity of the human person “also means not to reduce
a person and his relationships to the mere sexual question.”
He also referred, once more, to Jesus' teaching according
to which love and affection are predominant. The bishop also
stressed that at Biblical times, people did not know that
homosexuality is a biological inclination and “not a
freely chosen sexual orientation.” These statements
are in full accord with the themes and statements of the recent
May 25 “Shadow Council” which was organized, among
others, by the President of the Swiss Bishops' Conference
himself. The German pro-life activist and author, Mathias
von Gersdorff, comments upon this statement: “Herewith,
he [Büchel] contradicts in a straightforward way the
moral teaching on sexuality of the Catholic Church and most
probably also the Christian anthropology.”
Last but not least, a Spanish bishop has today caused a great
stir by announcing that he will allow a transsexual to become
the godparent at an upcoming baptism. As the Swiss website
kath.ch reported, the bishop of Cádiz, Spain, Rafael
Zornoza, has given permission to the 21-year-old Alex Salinas
to become the godparent of his nephew.
This decision came after a national petition was launched
in defense of Salinas who first had been denied to become
a godparent because she does not live according to the Church's
moral teaching. More than 35,000 people signed the petition
in favor of Salinas. Now the diocese declared that “being
transsexual does not constitute a reason for being excluded
from the office of a godfather,” as kath.ch reports.
Salinas himself comments on the new decision, according to
the Spanish newspaper El País:
I don’t know if the pope saw my petition – I have
no knowledge about that – but of course the entire Church
is changing. In fact, they just said that divorced Catholics
cannot be excommunicated and I think it is wonderful that
the Church is taking a new route.
All these reports come out at a time where Pope Francis himself
repeatedly speaks about the importance of welcoming “remarried”
divorcees in the parishes and not to have any negative attitude
toward them and their children without once mentioning –
as a pastor for all – that they live, objectively speaking,
in the state of sin. Many concerned Catholics pray and hope
that he will soon speak an authoritative word in order to
defend, amidst this growing
moral anarchy, the teaching of Jesus Christ
Himself, as Cardinal Raymond Burke requested nearly a year