Vatican Inches Toward Acceptance of Same Sex Unions

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In reading this announcement about the Catholics examining their position on divorce and same sex marriage, it’s easy to see the beginning of doctrinal change away from wholesome Christian teachings.

The church is polling its laity on these and other family matters. One cannot help but question the wisdom of replacing scriptural teachings with popular opinion; of offering a “new language” that waters down divine direction and tickles ears.

 

I can see it now:

Mark your answers either YES [] or NO []

“Would you like to be exempt from loving thy neighbor?”

“Would you like to be dismissive toward orphans and widows?”

“Would you prefer that the church turn a blind eye to domestic violence?

“Would you like the Church to accept abortion as a means of birth control?”

Based on the majority polled, we will now condone bad Samaritanship, neglect of the aged, brutality from husbands, and murder of the unborn.

 

Far fetched you say? Yes. But so is “modernizing” sound principles from the Bible that foster love, joy, peace, self-control, the sanctity of man/woman legal marriage, and responsible parenting. [Corinthians & Ephesians]

It’s difficult to uphold the moral standards of Christianity in this materialistic, sex-driven world where the media promotes adultery and promiscuity, and offers alternatives to chastity in the form of abortion. Difficult as it may be, there are advantages in practical terms, as well as spiritual terms and peace of mind by living a moral life to the best of our ability. And the Catholic Church and all of Christendom’s organized religions need to examine the source of divine guidance above the desires of the masses.

Here’s an excerpt from a report about the Vatican’s unusual action:
h/t: TPM

The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to “close our eyes to anything” when it opens a two-year debate on some of the thorniest issues facing the church.

 

Core church doctrine on the nature of marriage, sexuality, abortion and divorce isn’t expected to change as a result of the debate that opens in October. But Pope Francis is well aware that the church has lost much of its relevance and credibility in today’s secular world and he is seeking to redirect his ministers to offer families, and even gays in civil unions, a “new language” that is welcoming and responds to their needs.

 

The Vatican on Thursday issued the working document for the synod discussions, which in itself marked a sharp change from past practice: The Vatican sent out a 39-point questionnaire seeking input from ordinary Catholics around the world about their understanding of, and adherence to, the church’s teaching on sexuality, homosexuality, contraception, marriage and divorce.

 

Thousands of ordinary Catholics, clergy and academics responded, providing the Vatican with an unprecedented compilation of grass-root data to guide the discussion. Usually, such working papers are compiled by bishops alone.

 

But citing Francis’ frequent call for the church to be more merciful and less judgmental, it recommends new pastoral guidelines to confront the increasing reality of legal recognition for same-sex unions, stressing that gays must be treated with dignity, respect and spared discrimination.

 

“The episcopal conferences amply demonstrate that they are trying to find a balance between the church’s teaching on the family and a respectful, non-judgmental attitude toward people living in such unions,” it said. It distinguished between gays who are “discreet” in their lifestyle and those who actively, “often aggressively” call attention to their unions.

 

“The great challenge will be to develop a ministry which can maintain the proper balance between accepting persons in a spirit of compassion and gradually guiding them to authentic human and Christian maturity,” it said.

 

 

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