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Where the Winds Blow


Finally, after so much speculation and days of waiting and trepidation on the Synod, the bishops decided to uphold the teaching and Tradition of the Catholic Church. All that talk about ‘welcoming gays’ into the Church (as if they were rejected in the first place), also billed as the “winds of change” that shook the media world into a frenzy, died down with a whimper. Those old men with robes are still holding on to archaic and medieval beliefs. The conservatives breathe a sigh of relief, and the liberals are still frothing in the mouth.

Let’s read it straight from the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

VATICAN CITY—Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging there were “positive elements” in civil heterosexual unions outside the church and even in cases when men and women were living together outside marriage.

They also said the Church must respect Catholics in their moral evaluation of “methods used to regulate births,” a seemingly significant deviation from Church teaching barring any form of artificial contraception.

But the bishops failed to reach consensus on a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals. The new section had stripped away the welcoming tone of acceptance contained in a draft document earlier in the week.

Rather than considering gays as individuals who had gifts to offer the Church, the revised paragraph referred to homosexuality as one of the problems Catholic families face. It said “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and sensitivity,” but repeated Church teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

The revised paragraph failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

Two other paragraphs concerning the other hot-button issue at the synod of bishops—whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion—also failed to pass.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the failure of the paragraphs to pass meant that they have to be discussed further to arrive at a consensus at a meeting of bishops next October.

It could be that the 118-62 vote on the gay paragraph was a protest vote of sorts by progressive bishops who refused to back the watered-down wording and wanted to keep the issue alive. The original draft had said gays had gifts to offer the Church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided gay couples with “precious” support.

First of all, the report says the bishops “scrapped” a “landmark welcome” to gays, as if the Church rejects homosexuals. This has never been the case. The Church welcomes everyone, as a doctor welcomes all those who are sick, and the welcome extends to those who are struggling with same-sex atttraction. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

2358 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 God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

Nowadays, the LGBT agenda pushers have been pushing for equality and fair treatment of the homosexual community. The Church backs that call by saying that persons with same-sex attraction should be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity,” and that “unjust discrimination” against them should be avoided.

We have to remember, however, that while we welcome persons into the Church, She is clear that the sin of homosexuality is always “intrinsically disordered”.

It is this idea that they reject: that their homosexual lifestyles are intrinsically disordered. In fact, the LGBT agenda has always been about making homosexual sex acceptable and ideal; any opposition to this and you will be branded as a hater, bigot, and homophobic. They would go as far as saying that they were “born this way” thereby removing any responsibility for their sexual choices and preference. After all, a person with gay genes cannot help it but be gay.

This is why the liberals who expect this “wind of change” are mad as hell when the supposed change didn’t come.

Oh, these old men in robes. Still trying to tell us what to do!

Reasons to be Worried

On the other hand, to say that the Synod went smoothly and that there is no reason to be worried is simply naive. To think that there are “progressive bishops” who want to disregard 2000 years of Church teaching and tradition and finally accept homosexual behavior. What are they thinking? 

 “Based on the Sacred Scriptures, the Tradition of the Church has always stated that ‘the acts of homosexuality are intrinsically disordered, since they are against the natural law, and preclude the gift of life. They cannot be approved in any case’,” Cardinal Robert Sarah maintained, quoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Sarah is from the west African nation of Guinea.

The cardinal then recalled St. John Paul II, when he questioned whether the push for homosexual unions are “part of a new ideology of evil.”

“Does anyone wants to destabilize the Church and undermine its teaching?” Cardinal Sarah asked.

“Let us pray for those pastors who leave the Lord’s sheep to the wolves of decadent and secularized society, far from God and nature. Sexuality is not a cultural fact, but a natural fact,” he concluded.

This can only mean one thing: that we really need to keep praying for our priests and bishops. We have no doubt that the homosexual lifestyle and unions are wrong.Why would our bishops, who are supposed to be our pastors and guides, try to change what is rooted on Church teaching and tradition, much less natural law?

Perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that Pope Paul VI was beatified at the end of the Synod. He himself received so much opposition because of Humanae Vitae, and even back then there were these progressive bishops who wish bring modernism inside the Church.

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