The Congregation’s Note for the Doctrine of the Faith dated February 22, 2021 is clear: the Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions because “ God does not and cannot bless sin. “
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Here it is said. End of non-receipt. Close the door ! How not to feel anger, consternation and revolt at this new violence against homosexual people and their families?
A political act
As the year of Amoris Lætitia opens, a year for families, I cannot help but perceive here a political gesture of open resistance to Pope Francis. The remarks he made recently, believing that homosexual people have the right to be with their family and that they have the right to legal civil coverage, have indeed provoked a lively controversy. The Vatican (but who is the ‘Vatican’?) Had hastily clarified that Pope Francis did not want to question the dogma of marriage between a man and a woman. Perhaps the real accused in this story is him.
An air of déjà vu: in the Gospel of John, the woman accused of adultery is surrounded by the Pharisees, the Law of Moses in her hand. ” You, what do you think? In reality, this woman, object of their contempt, is only a pretext because, underlines the editor, it is indeed the trial of Jesus that the keepers of the Law are fomenting. “ They spoke thus with the intention of setting a trap for him, in order to have something to accuse him of ” (Jn 8, 6).
A snub to the Exhortation Amoris Lætitia and… to the Gospel
Let us dare to affirm that this note is an icy denial of the approach of the Exhortation Amoris Lætitia, a counter-example of the pastoral conversion advocated by this great text which, precisely, exhorts us to renounce untimely judgments, questions – pithy answers, all of them. made, universally, jetties ” like stones thrown at people’s lives “. (AL 305) Amoris Lætitia is an ethics of discernment, of step-by-step accompaniment, of integration on a ‘case by case’ basis which implies a look of fraternity, over time, in the light of the Gospel of mercy. Seeing everything in the eyes of Christ is the key step of the Exhortation.
Everything in the self-referenced note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith makes us rethink the controversy surrounding access to the sacraments of remarried divorced people, with increased severity: no sacrament for same-sex couples, not even a blessing. Bless people, yes, but not their relationship. The thrown stone is carefully wrapped in velvet, poorly concealing a blatant clerical homophobia. The call to welcome ” with respect and delicacy people with a homosexual tendency Does not change anything. The covering of charity does not matter if, at the end of the day, the sanction is exclusion.
What then remains as hope for the couples concerned to find God and live by his grace? Praise be to God, in all the parishes of the world, the people of God receive every Sunday, without condition, the blessing of the Lord. It descends on all, generous, superabundant, without selection. Like a rain of goodness, of encouragement, of comfort.
A questionable theology of creation
It is written in the book of Genesis that God created man and woman his image by calling them to multiply. No one questions this foundation of human anthropology: ” male and female he created them “. But, whether we like it or not, if God is the Creator of all things, it is therefore He also who created men who love men and women who love women: this reality resists.
It is unimaginable that anyone could say, in the name of God and in the place of God, that the Creator was wrong in creating from the beginning, and until today, naturally homosexual men and women. of birth. And to think that, in order to avenge himself for his own error, God would condemn the very very people he himself thus created, to the point of denying them his blessing? Genesis concludes the opposite: “God saw all he had created: it was very good. “ Gen 1, 31.
What is sin?
In theology, sin is an act done deliberately with the intention of doing wrong and breaking with God. How can a sexual identity received from birth be, in itself, a sin, or a state of sin? Isn’t it rather what everyone does with their sexuality, straight or gay, which makes a relationship a relationship of sin or a relationship of grace?
Declare homosexuality ” peach ”, Even the Catholic Catechism does not do it, which nevertheless speaks of “Serious depredations” and ” of intrinsically disordered acts ”. This hurtful and unfair vocabulary must be revised: inadmissible from a human point of view, it is wrong from a moral point of view and scandalous from a theological point of view. A desaster.
Overcoming their fear of the Church, and despite it, homosexual couples continue to want to invite God to the celebration of their love. We welcome it. Missioned to our dioceses to accompany them, we like to offer them a time of listening to the Word of God and of prayer: prayer of thanksgiving, forgiveness, supplication, universal prayer. God gives himself to them, we are witnesses of it. They all need his love and strength to stand up in the difficulties of their lives.
Today I join all those in the Church who suffer and ask forgiveness for this regressive text which will do no good and a lot of harm. I am ashamed. But faith in Jesus the only Savior dwells in us more than ever. This word is sure: “God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world but so that, through him, the world may be saved” (Jn 3, 17). Without exception. Therefore, may his blessing rest on ALL of us.