The document called "Relatio" said that “Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home,"
"Are our communities capable of proving that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?"
All I can respond with is that this is bunch of theological double speak.
Since then, there has apparently been a partial retraction after a blowback from conservative Catholic groups.
What I would like to know is this: Was the Pope speaking ex-cathedra or was he making an encyclical statement? The Catholic Church says that the Pope speaks with all authority of the Lord in regards to doctrine. So does this mean the Lord changes His mind when it comes to Biblical doctrine?
The definition of ex-cathedra:
- ex ca·the·dra
- with the full authority of office (especially of the pope's infallibility as defined in Roman Catholic doctrine).
Yet the Scripture says…
Lev 18:22 'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.
It seems pretty clear to me in the English that the Lord forbids this behavior. But just to make it clear let’s see what it says in the Hebrew.
shâkab shaw-kab' Lie.
A primitive root; to lie down (for rest, sexual connection, decease or any other purpose): - X at all, cast down, ([over-]) lay (self) (down), (make to) lie (down, down to sleep, still, with), lodge, ravish, take rest, sleep, stay.
tô‛êbah tô‛êbah to-ay-baw', to-ay-baw' abomination.
Feminine active participle of H8581; properly something disgusting (morally), that is, (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol: - abominable (custom, thing), abomination.
So if I understand it properly, it could not be just sleeping that he is talking about because I just don’t see anywhere else in the Scripture that sleeping is an abomination. So it must be that this verse is referencing sexual behavior.
If we look into the Brit Hadasha (New Covenant Scriptures), it says about this behavior:
Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
Rom 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
Rom 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
Again it is pretty clear that this is speaking about immoral sexual acts committed by men and women in the area of unnatural sexual perversion, in other words homosexual behavior.
I just don’t get it. With all of their talk about family values, how in the world could the Pope even entertain this idea? I am sorry to announce that this is just another example of the “Catholic Church” taking authority that has not been given to them. In doing so they feel the right to change the Word of the Lord with a lot of religious double speak. Make no mistake – they will be judged for their blasphemy. Their audacity is amazing and anyone who supports this will be judged by the Lord with them.
I would like to pose one more question for your consideration. With the priest sex abuse scandal that has ripped through the “Catholic Church” in our modern times, is this just another cover up to excuse that behavior? Hmmmm, I wonder. Remember this is not a new phenomenon. This behavior has been part of “Catholic” culture for centuries.
You may say that what I am espousing is hate speech. But to not tell them the truth is worse. I do not hate homosexuals. I just hate what they espouse. Even worse than that, I hate that they try and find a way to make it seem like the Lord endorses their sinful behavior. Last but not least they are the best evangelists for their sinful lifestyle. This recent attempt by the “Catholic Church” to legitimize this behavior is just another attempt by the Gay lobby to infiltrate every area of society. Use wisdom and don’t be fooled by Satan’s hand in this to destroy mankind and bring the Lord’s judgment on this wicked world.