Read my article on Medium about Pope Francis, the Catholic Faith, and the Magisterium of the Church.
Those who approach the Body and Blood of Christ may not wound that same Body by creating scandalous distinctions and divisions among its members. This is what it means to “discern” the Body of the Lord, to acknowledge it with faith and charity, both in the sacramental signs and in the community; those who fail to do so eat and drink judgment upon themselves (Pope Francis, 2016, Amoris Laetitia, #186, p. 142).
It is sadly ironic that the Correctio Filialis signatories have fallen precisely into that which they have taken it upon themselves of accusing the divorced-and-remarried of doing, with regard to the discipline laid out in the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
There is just one word to describe what is happening. That word is pride. In their attempts, likely unconscious for many, to turn the Catholic Faith into an ideology they can, at last, get fully behind and their desire to play at the cool kids’ table of the international press, they have forgotten the Will of God and the indefectibility of the Church.
We are experiencing a moment of the annihilation of man as the image of God . . . In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] “gender.” Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this terrible!
In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: “Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator.” He is very perceptive. God created man and woman. God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite. God gave us things in a “raw” state, so that we could shape a culture; and then with this culture, we are shaping things that bring us back to the “raw” state! Pope Benedict’s observation should make us think: “This is the age of sin against God the Creator.”
(Source: Address to the Polish Bishops, 27 July, 2016).
Although the priests who were stationed there [Most Holy Redeemer Church, San Francisco, CA] kindly buried the lifeless and wasted bodies of our friends, in an age when few were willing to do so, they confused a compassion for the sick and the dead with a total renunciation of any semblance to Catholic teaching about homosexuality. They wanted to be our friends, not our fathers.
Mea Culpa: Should the Catholic Church apologize to gays? is the response to Pope Francis of Joseph Sciambra, a man who is also Catholic and homosexual, in relation to the Pope’s call a few days ago during a plane presser that Christians should apologize to gays. Please click on the link to read about the plain, hard, cold reality that so many still deny even within the Church.