Friday, January 20, 2023 by JD Heyes
Leftists have taken over nearly every institution that made Western civilization so successful and great, including the Christian faith, as evidenced by the growing number of denominations now actively advocating the opposite of what Jesus and the Bible teach.
The latest example comes from Germany, where a Catholic bishop there has just laid out new guidelines that require priests in the diocese to accept homosexuality and transgenderism, in direct conflict with God’s word.
For the record, the Christian faith does not advocate harming or shunning such individuals (unlike other religions). Instead, the Bible simply describes what constitutes improper behavior in the context that man was put on this Earth to “go forth and multiply” and to live together with the opposite sex.
“The head of the German bishops’ Conference (DBK) introduced binding guidelines on sexual education for all parishes in his diocese that force them to accept and promote homosexuality and transgenderism,” LifeSite News reported this week. “According to these 10 guidelines, ‘there is diversity in sexual identity and orientation.'”
The guidelines note further:
The appreciative handling of these differences and diversity should be actively promoted in the parishes and institutions. The choice of lifestyle is to be respected as the result of an individual and personal decision. It is to be recognized when partners take responsibility for each other in mutual fidelity and care. Furthermore, we welcome it when couples wish to place their partnership under the blessing of God.
These guidelines were established by Bishop Georg Bätzing, who heads the heterodox Synodal Way as well as the DBK, on May 17, 2022, but they were just revealed this week during an online event from the diocese of Limburg, LifeSite News continued.
“Every person has the right to sexual self-determination and the free choice over their own life decisions,” the guidelines say, according to the outlet. “This must be promoted and respected.”
“Sexual self-determination” also apparently means including transgenderism because the guidelines also mention people who “feel neither as a woman nor as a man.”
“It must be a goal that people are supported in their sexual self-determination, to which every person has a right,” the guidelines continue. “This requires that people are supported and encouraged in this freedom, but at the same time strengthened to refrain from behavior that impairs or harms other people in their self-determination.”
LifeSite News noted further:
According to this passage, priests would be forbidden to call to repentance Catholics who engage in sinful sexual acts, including homosexual acts, since that would “impair or harm” them “in their sexual self-determination.”
Bätzing’s new guidelines are in direct opposition to the immutable teaching of the Catholic Church on sexuality. The Catholic Church has infallibly taught since its beginning that homosexual acts are gravely sinful and that same-sex attraction is disordered.
Here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, however, per the outlet: “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (Cf. Genesis 19:1-29; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Corinthians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:10), tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,?Persona humana, 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.?Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
As such, no member of the Church can simply alter teachings about acts of homosexuality because they are “intrinsically disordered,” per the Catechism. So, these acts are always sinful regardless of the circumstances; homosexual acts are contrary to natural law since, according to the Church, the natural end of sex is to conceive a child.
But here’s what’s going on. Church attendance has been falling steadily for years, so in response, members of the Church are trying to ‘bend the rules’ to attract more people, even if they have to do so by breaking tradition. Only, the more they break tradition, the more faithful leave the Church.
Western society is on a crash course with the ashbin of history. It’s inevitable at this point.
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