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OPINION CHECKER: When Will Rappler Learn on Catholicism and Homosexuality? (Part 1)

 

By: Admin Chris

There is a recent article from Rappler that caught my attention entitled, “[OPINION] When will the Church learn? [1].” It has something to do with the recent news of the Catholic Church saying that blessings will not be given to same-sex union [2]. There are many points raised that I think I needed to address, and the first thing that I noticed is that the author said he’s a faithful member of the Catholic Church. As mentioned by the author himself:

“I write this as a faithful member of the Catholic Church. This is a personal opinion [1].”

We will see later whether his opinion is truly in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church, but I think it’s important to point out what the Catechism of the Catholic Church mentioned on the role of the “people of God.” According to the Catechism:

“889 In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share in his own infallibility. By a “supernatural sense of faith” the People of God, under the guidance of the Church’s living Magisterium, “unfailingly adheres to this faith [3].””

In a separate point, he said that “the Church is not only Pope Francis. The Church is us all [1].” And yet, as clearly expressed by the Catechism itself, the laity should act in accordance with the guidance of the living Magisterium, that is the group of bishops in union with the Pope because Jesus has shared the gift of infallibility to His Church. Later, we will see how his position is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the Bible itself, but I will move on to his statement when he said that the recent statements were insulting. He said:

“Barring same-sex marriage is an unchangeable teaching, according to the Catholic Church, for it goes against the sanctity and true spirit of marriage between man and woman. I agree with this, but calling same-sex couples as “sin” or “living in sin” is just too much. To add insult to injury, telling them that God “cannot bless them” goes too far [1].”

I am a bit confused with his position. If he agreed with the unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church, then surely he agrees that any sexual act outside of this marriage is a sin and seeking a romantic relationship that is not ordered towards marriage is a sin. If a person engaged in sex with multiple people and that is a sin, surely seeking a threesome relationship is living in a sin and as such, it cannot be blessed. It does not go too far if the claims of the Catholic Church are right. It’s simply accurate, and the same applies when it comes to same-sex couples. He then continued with what seems as “inconsistencies” for him saying:

“The document clarifies that the Church must treat gays with dignity and respect, but returns to the antiquated reference to gay sex as “intrinsically disordered.” Also, individual gays can still be blessed by the Church on the condition that they manifest their will to live faithfully to Catholic teaching – except gays involved in same-sex unions. Inconsistencies abound [1].”

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