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Life Site News Sounds the Alarm on Francis and "Same-Sex Unions"

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 8, 2017

As much as one who covers Catholic Church affairs would like to cover something other than the latest wind gust from the ecclesial Hurricane Harvey of the current pontificate, the Pope is the Pope, after all, and what he says to the world – even if he is merely expressing his personal opinion – is news, and big news at that.

The lead of the story at Life Site News says it all: “Pope Francis seems to have affirmed recognizing homosexual relationships under law, an apparent contradiction of the Church’s long-held teaching.”

Life Site is referring to the latest of Francis’ innumerable interviews with liberal journalists and researchers: Politics and Society, a 432-page ensemble of private conversations at the Vatican between Francis and one Dominique Wolton. Therein, Francis is quoted as follows (translation by Aleteia):

“What can we think of marriage between people of the same sex? ‘Matrimony’ is a historical word. Always, in humanity, and not just in the Church, it was a man and a woman. It’s not possible to change it just like that […] It’s not possible to change it. It is part of nature. That’s how it is. Let us call it, then, ‘civil unions.” Let us not play with truths.

“It’s true that behind all this we find gender ideology. In books, kids learn that it’s possible to change one’s sex. Could gender, to be a woman or to be a man, be an option and not a fact of nature? This leads to this error.

“Let us call things by their names. Matrimony is between a man and a woman.

“This is the precise term. Let us call the same-sex union a ‘civil union.’”

Francis thus appears blithely to accept the legalization of “unions” based on sexual behavior that is gravely sinful and intrinsically disordered, as the Church has taught infallibly for 2,000 years. For him it suffices merely that they not be called “marriage.”

But that opinion flatly contradicts Church teaching on the moral impossibility of allowing any legal recognition of such “unions.” As John Paul II declared in a document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he specifically approved in 2003, justice itself demands that the State refuse to give any form of legal recognition to such “unions,” no matter what they are called, because:

“The inevitable consequence of legal recognition of homosexual unions would be the redefinition of marriage, which would become, in its legal status, an institution devoid of essential reference to factors linked to heterosexuality; for example, procreation and raising children…. The principles of respect and non-discrimination cannot be invoked to support legal recognition of homosexual unions….

“Given the values at stake in this question, the State could not grant legal standing to such unions without failing in its duty to promote and defend marriage as an institution essential to the common good.”

Accordingly, as the CDF concluded: “all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, [and] Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians.” As to politicians, the CDF declares:

“When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic law-maker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favour of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral.

“When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is already in force, the Catholic politician must oppose it in the ways that are possible for him and make his opposition known; it is his duty to witness to the truth.”

Incredibly enough, Francis seems not to consider himself bound by the same duties that apply to a mere politician, according to his own predecessor on the Chair of Peter. But such is the “final battle” over marriage and family of which Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra, who, as Antonio Socci reports, “died of a broken heart” on account of “the disastrous state of the Church.”

But in spite of the Church’s present disarray, we receive encouragement and hope from the Mother of God. To quote the revelation given by Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador: “To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….”

And this the Church will witness with the inevitable triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary following the long-delayed consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.