Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Catholic Defender: Pope Francis on Homosexuality

Recently, as Pope Francis was flying from Brazil after a victorious World Youth Day week event, he was asked a question on homosexuality.

The Pope responded saying, "The problem is not having this orientation, it is lobbying,” he said. “That’s the most serious problem I think.
“If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”

The media's take went on all the major news outlets reporting that the Pope was changing the Church's position.  When I first heard this the first thing I was thinking was "why"? Why say something that the media would certainly take out of context?

This is how the media reacts wanting to make the news.  Remember the media's response to Pope John Paul II when he spoke on evolution? It was like evolution had become an accepted theory in the Catholic Church.  There is the difference between Macro and Micro evolution but that was not reported by the media.

The liberals and modernist had a field day causing confusion on the truth of what the Pope really was saying and what the Catholic Church really maintains.

The liberal media ran with the story with an agenda to further the aims of liberalism and modernism.

Was the six days of creation an actual 24 hour day, or is this a process that took thousands of years?   That is a great question and the Pope basically said that as a Catholic, either perspective would not change the biblical text or the truth based there.

Why are environments around the world different? What are American men generally larger than men from other societies?  That is a great question!

What about the animal world, what impact does cross breeding have? These are all good questions that speak to the positive changes in society.  This is known as "Micro" evolution and this is the basis of Pope John Paul II's statement on evolution.

We know that diet, cross breeding, environment does play of role in how people are different.  The theory of Macro evolution and Orthodox Christianity will not be able to agree on major points and foundations of belief's.

Consider what Pope Francis was saying on Homosexuality.  The Liberal media is doing it again.  They are running an agenda to cause confusion.  I want to break this down on what the Pope was saying. 

 Pope Francis said, “The problem is not having this orientation, it is lobbying,” he said. “That’s the most serious problem I think.

 The Pope is not saying anything new here.  The Catholic Catechism (2358) states, "The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible.  The inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.  They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.  Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.  These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition".  

This is the foundation from which Pope Francis was speaking from.  Jesus says something I think is important to this discussion.  Jesus states, "Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever can accept this ought to accept it".  Matthew 19:12) 

Notice that Jesus recognized that some are born incapable of marriage.  Jesus would not accept "Gay Marriage".  The Catholic Catechism (2359) continues, "Homosexual persons are called to chastity.  By virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection."

Homosexual persons are called to chastity and  holiness.  So when the Pope says that the problem is not having "this orientation" the problem is lobbying for it.  That is to justify the acts of homosexuality which is the agenda of the liberal progressive.  St. Paul warns about this saying, "Although they know the just decree of God that all who PRACTICE such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them".  (Romans 1:32)

I have seen this reported on the news and the majority of the news are left leaning liberals who welcome progressive change.   The Pope continued saying, "If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”

Again, this can only be understood from the Catholic Catechism that is outlined specifically that homosexual persons are to be treated with respect.  They are not to be discriminated against.  That is not to endorse a sinful lifestyle.  It is not reducing a sin to a personal right.  It is a recognition that people have this inclination and who are we to judge a disorder? To judge an inclination? We are to be compassionate to all people.

If a homosexual is seeking the Lord with good will, we are to welcome them into the Church.  Before writing this article, I stumbled on a "Gay" Catholic Priest who is hoping that this will encourage more priests to come out of the closet.  This is very dangerous.  The Gay Agenda is to gain acceptance in every part of society.  The Catholic Church stands in the way of this agenda.

A Priest who is encouraging other priests to participate in homosexual sexual encounters is a scandal that cries out to heaven.  The Virgin Mary warns that more souls go to hell because of the sins of the flesh than any other reason.  There is a blindness to this by those who have a terrible agenda.

Saint John Eudes said that when God is angry with His people, He sends them bad priests as a chastisement.  Here is what he wrote in his book, The Priest, His Dignity and Obligations:
“The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than charity and affection of devoted shepherds ...

“When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them. That is why He cries unceasingly to Christians, ‘Return O ye revolting children ... and I will give you pastors according to My own heart’. (Jer. 3:14,15) Thus, irregularities in the lives of priests constitute a scourge upon the people in consequence of sin.”

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests.  Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life.
In their loneliness, comfort them.  In their sorrows, strengthen them.  In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption.

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