“I the LORD do not change!” said God as quoted from the Bible, Malachi 3:6, yet Pope Satan, oops Pope Francis says “God is not afraid of new things. The Catholic Church should not fear change.” And God said not once but many times in the Bible that Homosexuality is an “ABOMINATION” punishable by the death penalty: Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Genesis 19:1-11, Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, Jude 7, Romans 1:18-32, etc
The Pope yesterday accused both traditionalists and liberals in the Roman Catholic Church of falling prey to temptation.
Pope Francis spoke of the failings of opposing wings of the Church following the end of the Rome synod on family life which left supporters of gay rights and divorcees disappointed.
In a speech delivered at the close of the gathering of 200 bishops he spoke of ‘moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations’ over the course of the two-week meeting.
The Pope’s hint of anger followed the failure of the synod to agree to acknowledge the ‘positive aspects’ of gay relationships or that homosexuals have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer to Christians.
Liberal reforms to church doctrine which fell short of the two thirds majority needed for success in the meeting would also have opened the way for Catholics who are divorced and remarried to receive communion, the central sacrament of the church.
Traditionalists, the Pope said, risk a temptation of ‘hostile inflexibility’.
This meant ‘wanting to close oneself within the written word, and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises; within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not what we still need to learn and to achieve.
‘From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called today traditionalists and also of intellectuals.’
But liberals, Pope Francis said, could fall into a temptation of a ‘destructive tendency to goodness’.
He said this ‘in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots.
‘It is the temptation of the do-gooders, of the fearful, and also of the so-called progressives and liberals.’
The Pope said the church must not be discouraged by temptation, adding: ‘Personally, I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions.’
The attempt at liberal reform of the church’s teachings are part of Pope Francis’s attempt to steer the Vatican towards new thinking on gay rights and doctrine on marriage and the family.
Francis first made his direction clear in July, when he said that the church should regard homosexuals as ‘brothers’ and added: ‘If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge him?’
A draft document produced by the synod said the church should ‘accept and value’ homosexuals. But this language disappeared from the final document approved by the bishops.
Instead, it said: ‘Men and women with homosexual tendencies should be accepted with respect and sensitivity. Any sign of unjust discrimination in their regard is to be avoided.’
The final paper also emphasised strongly that there was no change in the church’s attitude to gay relationships.
‘No grounds whatsoever exist for assimilating or drawing analogies, however remote, between homosexual unions and God’s design for matrimony and the family,’ it said.
Divorced and remarried Catholics were denied hopes of a reform that would approve their taking communion without any annulment of their first marriage.
The synod said ‘greater theological study’ and ‘further consideration’ were required.
The church does not recognise divorce so remarried Catholics are regarded as adulterers.
The route to approval of a remarriage is through annulment of the first, but the church’s procedures for allowing an annulment can be slow and complicated.
The bishops are to gather again at the Vatican next year to renew their deliberations. Pope Francis said the next synod would try ‘to find concrete solutions to so may difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront.’
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