Should the Catholic Church adopt a more welcoming stance towards gays, and allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion?
An interim report issued by the Vatican at the last Synod had praised the “gifts” homosexuals can bring to the church and also noted the “precious support” same-sex partners mutually provide. However, this section was revised and focuses on homosexuality as one of the problems Catholic families have to confront.
“People with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and delicacy.” The church also reaffirmed its view of marriage as between one man and one woman.The church also did not come to a conclusion on whether or not divorced Catholics should be able to receive Holy Communion.
“Who am I to judge?”
“…I am confident the coming year would allow for ideas to mature and “find concrete solutions” to the many challenges facing the Church.
“The pope is not free to change the Church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith.”
Yes: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Pope’s recent statements on homosexuality at this month’s Synod represent an ‘evolution,’ not a ‘revolution’ within the Catholic Church. “Pope Francis never ceases to surprise us.
Just when you think you might have him figured out, he offers another fresh innovative way of looking, that talk to which you just referred at the close of the synod was nothing less than inspirational. He spoke from the heart. He spoke about himself as the Pope and the church and he challenged all of us. And it reminds me of Jesus. Always walking down the road, and never forgetting the people on either side.”
“…We just wanted to set the tone and agenda [this year] and I think that was done very well under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and Pope Francis. ..Synods don’t change doctrine. Nobody changes doctrine. We believe that we’re given doctrine by God and our job is to faithfully and effectively pass it on. Synods are more of a pastoral conversation of a family coming together to kind of give ourselves a report card on how we’re doing that and if we can do it better.”
No: Archbishop Adewale Martins, Archbishop of Lagos
It is not my stance, it is the stance of God, it is the stance of Christ, and it is the stance of the Church. Marriage was established by God and we can see it even in the natural order of things, that a man should be married to a woman and a woman should be married to a man. That is the way nature has built the human person. Even physiologically, that is the way nature has built us. Such that we go against the law of God, we go against natural order.
Those who claim they are engaging in gay union go against the law of God and against natural order. You don’t even properly call it marriage because it is not. You can call it gay union or gay living, whatever it is, but that is not marriage, and that is the position of the Church on this.
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