VATICAN CITY, October 25, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - In a defeat for the gay lobby, Church teaching on homosexuality prevailed in the Final Relatio of the 2015 Synod on the Family.
Although the debate surrounding the Synod over the past two years has focused primarily on the question of Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried, some recognized this question as little more than a backdoor attempt to legitimize irregular unions, including homosexual relationships. Cardinal George Pell of Australia, for instance, last year called the issue of Communion a pretext. "Communion for the divorced and remarried is for some — very few, certainly not the majority of Synod Fathers — it's only the tip of the iceberg, it's a stalking horse. They want wider changes, recognition of civil unions, recognition of homosexual unions."
The argument goes that opening up Holy Communion to those in sacramentally invalid marriages would in a sense legitimize objectively adulterous unions — and if adulterous unions are tolerated in the Church, then why not other irregular unions: cohabiting couples, same-sex partnerships?
Notable at this year's Synod was the presence of bolder, more direct discussion of homosexuality. On the eve of the Synod, sensing favorable winds, Polish priest Fr. Krzysztof Charamsa, a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, publicly declared his active homosexuality and issued a 10-point manifesto that included demands on the Church to change Her teaching and approach to homosexuality. Although the Vatican immediately removed him from his post, and he's been subsequently suspended in his home diocese in Poland, the faithful noted the shameless, very public promotion of the gay agenda by a high-ranking priest in the Curia.
This directness was mirrored in public remarks of certain Synod Fathers, including the stunning comments of Abp. Blase Cupich of Chicago, who said at a press briefing that Holy Communion should be offered to active homosexuals — the first proposal of its kind during any Synod discussions last year or this year.
One of the members of the drafting committee for the final report was Acting Secretary Abp. Bruno Forte, known best for singlehandedly inserting the controversial gay paragraph in last year's Midterm Relatio, which misled secular media into thinking the Church would "change" Her teaching on this subject: "Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home" (50).
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