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The biggest headline from the Pope’s remarks was not what he had to say about the scandals at the Vatican Bank, but what he said about homosexuality and, in particular, homosexuals in the priesthood. The key sentence in the Pope’s remarks is this: “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?”
Pope Francis did not change or modify one sentence of Catholic moral teaching. The official Catechism of the Catholic Church states that homosexuality is “objectively disordered.” The Catholic Church and this Catholic Pope are not reluctant to offer a moral judgment when it comes to homosexual behaviors. The Catholic Church offers a long tradition of consistent moral judgment on the issue of homosexual acts, and the church declares them to be “objectively disordered” and sinful. That did not change.
The meaning of the Pope’s comments is essentially this: Homosexual acts,
and even the homosexual “inclination,” are sinful and “objectively
disordered.” Nevertheless, as the Catechism also states, homosexual
persons are to be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”
The Catechism explains that to live with a sexual inclination that is
objectively disordered is “a trial.” The official Catholic moral
judgment on this sexual sin is that a Catholic who struggles with
homosexual inclinations is to remain chaste and celibate, looking to the
Lord for help. Francis, like just about everyone else in the public eye, is trying to
find a way to speak of homosexuality and homosexuals that reflects both
the moral reality of homosexuality and the respect that all human beings
Thus, secular leaders and those who belong to liberal religious groups have no real problem. They can join the moral revolution and normalize homosexuality and they need not hold press conferences to explain their position.
In other words, the Pope was not talking about those who are involved in homosexual acts or homosexual relationships. He was seeking to speak with compassion about people made in the image of God who are struggling with faithfulness against a homosexual inclination. So long as they obey Catholic teaching and live in faithfulness, “who am I to judge that person?” he asked.
We also must respect the humanity of those who struggle with homosexuality and accept them with “respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” At the same time, we must remain faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture on the nature of sin. Nothing less than the Gospel is at stake.
That is now, we are told, still “demonizing.” Nothing but the moral normalization of homosexuality will do. Evangelical Christians, passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faithful to the authority of the Bible, and eager to show love and respect for all those made in the image of God are in the same predicament.
And yet, we have no choice but to be faithful to all that the Lord has commanded and taught, all that the Scripture teaches, and all that the Gospel demands.
Albert Mohler, July 30. 2013
IMO, The activists in the homosexual movement twists words and on top of that the moraless (new word *G*) news media distorts anything that pertains to the laws of God the father and Jesus Christ.