Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, generally considered to be one of Pope Francis’s top advisers, has provoked a great media stir by saying that he would not oppose the idea of giving formal blessings to same-sex couples, prompting comments that he appears to promote a new religion that is no longer Christian.
However, taking a closer look at what the Cardinal has in fact said, one finds that his statement is elusive, leaving a wide margin of interpretation.
Thus, assuming (as one always should, unless there is proof to the contrary) that the Cardinal wanted to make a statement that is in keeping with his Church’s teaching, what he probably meant was that a solemn blessing could be given to homosexual couples (or individuals, as the case may be) who make a solemn vow to henceforth abstain from sodomy.
That would actually be a good idea. Sinners who make a serious effort to turn away from their vices are certainly deserving of every blessing the Church can give. Condemning the vice, but giving support to those who want to turn away from it, is precisely the discernment (i.e., the distinction between sinner and sin, which has always underpinned the Church’s teaching) and accompaniment that is needed in such situations.
If only his Eminence could develop his good ideas in a somewhat clearer manner…
Green MEP Helga Trüpel‘s party membership has been suspended after press reports about her having made “homophobic” ad hominem remarks against Jens Spahn, an openly homosexual politician from the conservative CDU. Apparently Mrs. Trüpel expressed concern over the possibility that Germany might soon be ruled by “that right-wing gay Mr. Spahn” if Merkel has to step down after her dramatic electoral defeat in September.
It is not clear yet whether Mrs. Trüpel will be allowed to retain her seat as an MEP.
A Satanist group in the United States has announced plans to use so-called anti-discrimination laws to force Christian bakers to bake cakes that glorify Satanism.
It appears that this newest attempt to harass Christians is a reaction to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case soon to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, in which a brave baker resists the pressure of fanatical LGBT activists who want him to bake a cake for a same-sex “wedding”. As the group says, “because sexual orientation is not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (whereas race and religion are), there is a good chance that the right to discriminate against gay couples will be affirmed as a constitutional liberty.”
And further: “Because religion is a protected class, a baker may refuse service to LGBTQ people, but they may not refuse service based upon someone’s religion. If they aren’t willing to make a cake for same-sex unions, let’s have them make a cake to honor Satan instead.” Continue reading “After the Sodomist cake comes the Satanist cake”
by Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine, commenting on a book by a notorious Catholic priest
Father James G. Martin, S.J., is either a cruel or a foolish man. It does not seem to be the first. But if it is not that, it must be the second, because that alone can explain how a Catholic priest can live in the midst of massive and unprecedented family breakdown, and the chaos, loneliness, and alienation consequent upon it, and still wave the banner for the latest innovation in sexual confusion.
by Joseph Sciambra
In 1989, I walked into the world famous Castro District of San Francisco as a disaffected young man of almost nineteen years of age. I had grown up bullied and lonely, and I was looking to finally belong. Almost since I was a child nearing adolescence, the other boys at school instinctively rejected me. While they made the decisive testosterone fueled jump to more masculine pursuits, such as aggressive schoolyard play and sports, I was timid and unsure. While their voices deepened and sounded increasingly confident, mine remained high-pitched but strangely muted. While they grew taller and filled-out, I just became thinner and ganglier. The pre-macho boys were typically the best at playing kick-ball and inevitably turn out to be recess and PE team captains. Focusing on my embarrassing apparent lack of skill, they were always quick to ridicule and loudly point out my utter worthlessness. No one ever wanted me on their team. After even the smaller girls got picked, I was always the default last man standing.
Displaying the same lack of backbone in face of the powerful LGBT lobby as conservative parties across the EU, the Maltese National Party (NP) has signalled its intent to go along with the Labour Government’s planned introduction of same-sex “marriage” in Malta. Continue reading “Maltese “Christian Democrats” cave in to LGBT lobby”
The third largest political force in the European Parliament – the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) – elected as their new co-chair on 6 July the distinguished Polish professor of philosophy, Ryszard Legutko. LGBT militants are furious, smearing him as a “homophobe” due to his very solid natural law defence of the family and marriage. Continue reading “New leader of European Conservatives branded “homophobe” by LGBT extremists”