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Despite Pope Francis, civil unions must be opposed

Before anyone gets too excited about Pope Francis’ latest interview wherein he suggests that the Church could tolerate civil unions that mimic marriage but cannot possibly be marriage, let’s recall the unambiguous teaching of Pope Benedict XVI on the matter:

In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.

Clear enough? You have a duty to oppose what has become known as “civil unions” because they are gravely unjust. You must not formally cooperate with them under any circumstances. You must refrain from material cooperation insofar as possible. You are encouraged to exercise conscientious objection even in cases of material cooperation. None of this “it is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety” nonsense!

But we know where Pope Francis is going with this, don’t we? 

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March 10, 2014 - Posted by | Pope Francis, The Catholic Crisis

1 Comment »

  1. Very good post and reminder of the battles we Catholics must fight if we are to gain the Crown. It may not be because we want to but because it is our duty that we take up the standard despite our lower nature to run. We should remember what Juan Donoso Cortes said: “But do not imagine, however, that the gates of eternity shall be opened for you, unless you first show the wounds you bear; those gates are only opened for those who gloriously fought here the battles of the Lord, and were, like the Lord, crucified.” We can’t really expect admittance through the gates of Heaven with no wounds to show for our earthly life. It doesn’t work that way, as Our Lord showed us by example, especially during His Passion.

    Comment by David Heath | March 11, 2014 | Reply


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