Skip to comments.German bishops proclaim homosexuality ‘normal,’ adultery ‘not grave’
Posted on 12/10/2019 1:40:30 PM PST by ebb tide
BERLIN, December 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Commission for Marriage and Family of the German Bishops Conference has come to a consensus that homosexuality is a normal form of sexual predisposition.
Two German prelates have also claimed that Amoris Laetitia teaches that sexual relationships formed after a divorce are neither gravely sinful nor a bar to the reception of Holy Communion.
On December 5, the German Bishops Conference published a press release detailing the results of an expert consultation on the topic The sexuality of man: how to discuss it scientifically-theologically, and how to assess it ecclesiastically?
The consultation, which included a panel of bishops, sexologists, moral theologians, dogmatic theologians, and canon lawyers, took place in Berlin and concluded on December 4. The timing of the event coincided with the German bishops departure along their own synodal path.
According to the press release, the experts agreed that human sexuality encompasses a dimension of lust, of procreation, and of relationships.
They also agreed that homosexuality is as normal as heterosexuality and that neither sexual attraction should be changed.
There was also agreement that the sexual preference of man expresses itself in puberty and assumes a hetero- or homosexual orientation. Both belong to the normal forms of sexual predisposition, which cannot or should be be changed with the help of a specific socialization, the press release stated.
The communiqué offered this status of normality as the reason why any form of discrimination of those persons with a homosexual orientation has to be rejected, a teaching it says has been demanded for quite some time by the teaching office of the Church and was explicitly stressed by Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia.
Agreement had its limits, however. There was no consensus on whether the magisteral ban on practiced homosexuality is still up to date. The experts also disagreed on whether or not both married and unmarried people should be allowed to use artificial contraceptives.
The German bishops press release mentioned in particular Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin, the head of the Commission for the Family, and Bishop Franz-Joseph Bode of Osnabrück. Both had been present at the Synod on the Family in Rome in 2015. According to the statement, both men stressed the importance of a solid discussion based on human sciences and theology and stressed the developments that already can be found in Amoris Laetitia.
As their example of a development in Amoris Laetitia, the German bishops state that the document says a sexual relationship after a divorce and remarriage is no longer generally assessed as being a grave sin, and, subsequently, a general exclusion from the reception of the Eucharist is not foreseen.
The other German prelates in the panel included Bishop Wolfgang Ipolt of Görlitz, Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz, and several auxiliary bishops from the Commision for the Family.
The 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church states clearly that homosexual acts are instrinsically disordered and contrary to the natural law (CCC 2357).
They close the sexual act to the gift of life, it continues. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.
Under no circumstances can they be approved.
However, the Catechesis does indeed stress that the suffering of people with same-sex attraction should not be increased by unkind treatment:
The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill Gods will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lords Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition (CCC 2358)
The Catechism also stresses that homosexual persons are called to chastity and can approach Christian perfection through self-mastery, friendship, prayer, and sacramental grace (CCC 2359).
However, there is widespread rebellion in the Catholic Church in Germany against the perennial doctrine of the Church on sexual matters, including among members of the German Bishops Conference. The German Bishops Conferences insistence on holding its own synod, or synodal path, without Vatican permission, has more traditional German Catholics worried.
Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, a president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, has warned that proceeding down this path one that questions the Church's teachings on the celibate, male priesthood; homosexuality; and marriage could lead to a national church without nearly any ties to Rome. The dubia cardinal stated that this would be certainly be the surest path into the final decline of the German Church.
I haven’t seen any amendments to the 6th commandment.
Pray. Pray. Pray!!
Well, for German Bishops, perhaps....
Denying the clear teachings of their own catechism
Denying the clear guidance of the Old Testament
Denying the clear teachings of the Apostles
Denying the clear Words Of Our Lord
If they are Bishops, under what authority do they speak?
That actually appears to be the case these days.
Well, not for single men outside the church.
The Bishops new church could be called “Church of The Son of The Morning.”
If they are unsure if it is OK for unmarried persons to use contraception, that means that they are unsure if it is wrong for unmarried persons to have sexual relations (otherwise there is no danger of conception taking place). In other words, fornication is also OK along with adultery. If they are eliminating the 6th commandment, why not also the 9th commandment?
The lavender mafia is obviously alive and well.
Guess they don’t open the Bible anymore when it comes to Catholic leadership etc.
Used to be they didn’t let the people read it. .
Well, I guess that settles it...
God just couldn’t get it right. /s
My oh my how the Church has fallen........./s
thats why no one goes to church anymore. The parishioners know more about the teachings of God. I still remember our parish doing the “Gay Week” mass and every faggot in town would turn the mass into a circus.
ONLY after the true parishioners complained that they dropped it. and NOT ONE of these fags show up for NORMAL mass..
I guess it only is a holy mass to these pukes if there is a fag angle to it..
The Catholic Encyclopedia in 1913 said:
The pope himself, if notoriously guilty of heresy, would cease to be pope because he would cease to be a member of the Church.
Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Encyclopedia Press 1913. 7:261.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10:
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes,
sodomites, 10thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbersnone of
these will inherit the kingdom of God.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
the NEW testament seems pretty clear on this. Don’t like it? Take it up with God!
By bishops and Church, are they referring to Roman Catholicism? Sorry, I couldnt deduce this by anything I read in that badly written piece.
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