“The negative moral precepts, those prohibiting certain concrete actions or kinds of behavior as intrinsically evil, do not allow for any legitimate exception. They do not leave room, in any morally acceptable way, for the ‘creativity’ of any contrary determination whatsoever.” (Saint John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor 67)
It what can only be considered a very bizarre and incongruous occurrence, the Vatican (after firing professors loyal to Pope John Paul II’s vision of marriage and family) has recruited two professors who argue for the moral goodness of homosexual acts to teach at the John Paul II Institute in Rome (one immediately visualizes Saint John Paul II turning over in his grave!).
These two professors are Father Maurizio Chiodi and Fr. Pier Davide Guenzi. Both of these priests, apparently relying on the rationale of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, have argued for the moral goodness of homosexual acts.
“Urged on by the experiences of homosexual believers today we are invited to understand how … the bond between man and woman does not exhaust all human forms of expression, even from the affective point of view.”
“I would not exclude that, under certain conditions, a homosexual couple’s relationship is, for that subject, the most fruitful way to live good relationships, considering their symbolic meaning, which is both personal, relational and social. This, for example, happens when the stable relationship is the only way to avoid sexual vagrancy or other forms of humiliating and degrading erotic relationships or when it is help and stimulus to walk on the road to good relationships.”
What we see, then, is Catholic morality (via Amoris Laetitia) being turned on its head and essentially destroyed as the very things it declares to be intrinsically evil are taught to be good! Can this possibly work out well for the Church, or does it point to a moral collapse preceded by a spiritual one?
In the meantime the very things Saint John Paul II stood for, and for which his Institute was formed, are in essence being used against him. Perhaps the Institute should be renamed in favor of Pope Francis, architect of the new morality.
Or, if Pope Francis is truly interested in protecting the faithful from such clearly erroneous teachings, he should immediately intervene to stop these types of heretical moral theories from being taught to the faithful. That is precisely what a Pope is supposed to do.
Thomas L. Mulcahy
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Disordered homosexuals who want to commit sin, who ultimately want to have it their way regardless of what God obviously wants, need to simply start their own religion like all the rest of the pagans who want to have it their way over the years. Changing the true universal faith to fit their prideful lusts should not be an option. The people wanting these changes need to be kicked to the curb, excommunicated and things need to be set straight again. Enough is enough. Do we have no faithful leaders anymore? Why are we laity still suffering these diversions? Is it ultimately because of financial concerns like seemingly everything else these days?
The struggle between fundamentalists and more liberal attitudes in the churches is really going in full swing. Both should find a way out by full realisation that morals are no longer the authoritative domain of religion but belong to the task of mankind itself. Religion can be a useful guide but loses that role of it wishes to dictate.
Morals come from God. Man has shown when left to his own design he always becomes more and more immoral. Mans nature is sinful and it is opposed to the spiritual. Jesus teachings on morals will never change as God never changes.