“There should be recognition of a diversity of forms. We have to look inside the church for a formal recognition of the kind of interpersonal relationship that is also present in many gay couples. Just as there are a variety of legal frameworks for partners in civil society, one must arrive at a diversity of forms in the church. … The intrinsic values are more important to me than the institutional question. The Christian ethic is based on lasting relationships where exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other.”...
“This relationship [natural marriage] will continue to retain its own particular sacramental character and liturgical form. But this particularity does not have to be exclusive nor does it have to close the door on a diversity of relationships [i.e., sexual perversion] whose inner qualities the church can acknowledge.”
“Indeed, we need to seek a formal recognition of the kind of relationship that exists between many gay and lesbian couples. Does that recognition have to be a sacramental marriage? Perhaps the church could much better reflect on a diversity of forms of relationships. One has the same kind of discussion about civil marriages. In Belgium the same model (for civil marriages) exists for man-woman relations as well as for same-sex relations.”Bonny stated that the pope's openness to LGBT issues motivated him to speak out.
So where are we? Many Catholics threw out the 5th Commandment years ago accepting the murder of the unborn and self mutilation to prevent conception as simply "freedom to choose." The First and Third Commandments are basically dead issues judging from the small congregations attending Mass in most places. Throwing out the 6th seems to be a major goal of many of the highest ranking clergy in the Church today.
So what's left? Gossip and global warming. The purge of the Ten Commandments goes on and more and more one understands Jesus' lament -- "When I return will I find any faith on the earth?" Make sure He finds you among the remnant.
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I for one, am looking forward to the Pope's upcoming encyclical on climate change. The whole issue has become so political that it's difficult for the average Joe to understand what's really going on. We certainly can't trust the government, the media or "scientists" to tell us the truth.
You're right.......many Catholics threw out the ten Commandments years ago. Do most Catholics even believe anything the Church teaches?
Unfortunately, the Knights of Columbus in Madison, Indiana are also taking their cue from the heretics that are now coming out of the woodwork of the Church of Christ, in renting their ballroom to a lesbian couple for their 'marriage' reception. You will see more of this happening because of the nod and wink given by the hierarchy in the Vatican itself. The war is raging.
Unfortunately, Robert, it appears that the pope has embraced the politicized "climate change" mantra. I agree we can't trust the major secular institutions to tell us the truth, but I'm not sure we can trust the pope on this issue either. He seems to be aligning himself with the same powers (e.g., the U.N.) who are busy attacking the Third World and killing their babies. What's more important, protecting the Rain Forest or protecting the innocent? But we'll see what the document says.
Meanwhile, it is disturbing to see the pope constantly praised by the Culture of Death. That's certainly not what happened to the Master who said, blessed are you when they persecute you and utter all kinds of slanders against you....
We have no control over what others do....but we can, through the grace of Jesus Christ, do our best to love and live the faith He has given us.
Stay faithful my friends......
Mary Ann, as much as I agree with 99.9% of what you write about, the sentence, "What's more important, protecting the Rain Forest or protecting the innocent? " is a bit flippant. I am in 100% agreement with the Catholic Church's teachings on abortion.....I'm sure Pope Francis agrees as well. But, this isn't an "either/or" situation. You can protect the unborn and the environment.
If a Catholic supports, for example, animal rescue, do you say, "What's more important, protecting a dog or protecting the innocent? " We can do both.
Abortion is the most serious problem facing us today. But, we have other problems that need to be addressed too.
You're right, of course, Robert, that we can do both. I love the environment as much as anyone. I'm a beekeeper who opposes our overuse of chemicals and genetically modified food.
What I was reflecting was my frustration over the confusion created by this pope with his pronouncements (also flippant?) that are easily interpreted to make the more important issues on a par with the less important. For example, I think his statement about the Church being about more than abortion, contraception, and gay marriage created confusion. Of course, it's true, but what a heyday for the media! And now to join the global warming circus? Well, the nuns on the bus are loving it! They don't march for the babies, but they love to march for the wetlands.
The problem with the media is that the people behind it will interpret things to suit their agenda. I'm sure that you will agree that Pope Benedict XVI was not (is not) the horrible person the media portrayed. If these people can intentionally get B XVI completely wrong, I suspect there's a bit of manipulation in the way they present stories on Francis
I agree, Robert, when you're talking about the secular media. But many of the Vatican religion reporters, faithful and serious Catholics, are reporting very troubling stuff, people I've been reading for years: like Vittorio Messori who wrote the Ratzinger Report with Pope Benedict and Sandro Magister who writes Chiesa News. And then there is Cardinal Burke calling on all laity to stand up and defend marriage during the coming year as we await the wrecking ball of the Ordinary Synod.
It is all so very troubling.
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