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Opinion: The Pope’s openness to LGBTQ Catholics hits a wall

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He Vatican news Monday morning was painful and discouraging for LGBTQ Catholics, their families, and those who love and support them. The continued use of “sin” and “objectively ordered” or “messy” language when referring to LGBTQ Catholics was especially harsh and cruel.

Maybe the church should take advice from parents around the world, “If you can’t say anything nice, you better say nothing.”

In the United States, where 61% of Catholics approve of gay marriage, according to the Pew Research Center, LGBTQ Catholic groups reacted with disappointment and anger, if not surprise. Ministry of New Ways he called the decision “was powerless” and noted that “God has already blessed these unions.”

The Vatican directive, according to which people with “homosexual inclinations” can be blessed, but only if they agree not to have sex, does not cut it with most US Catholics.

“This is a version of the tried and true old man’s love for the sinner, but I hate the mentality of sin,” which appears not only in Roman Catholicism but in other Christian denominations, ”said Fordham University theology professor Patrick Hornbeck he said the National Catholic Reporter.

The sentence, published on March 15, technically an answer to a question posed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s Orthodox office, was approved by Pope Francis.

But wait, the pope did not indicate civil unions they were a good thing in an upcoming release documentary? Isn’t that so? famous say, “Who am I to judge?” when asked how he would treat a homosexual person in confession? Isn’t that so? to say Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse, that “it doesn’t matter that you’re gay. God created you that way and loves you the way you are, and I don’t care”?

Yes, yes and yes. All this is part of the most pastoral style of Pope Francis. During the eight years of his papacy, Francis has spoken and modeled more openness to LGBTQ people than his predecessors. It sends signals and makes baby steps.

But when it comes to changing the teaching of the church. Not so much.

This can be confusing and provoke a sense of whipping, as everyday Catholics go from celebrating positive words about civil unions one day to lamenting the repression of another’s blessings.

One possible explanation for the recent CDF document is that this issue was probably raised by some of the most conservative church leaders concerned about a process going on with the church in Germany, where bishops have “pointed out its openness to these blessings, in preparation for the next synod in his country ” he tweeted Fr. Jesuit James Martin, who writes and advocates for greater openness to LGBTQ people in the Catholic Church.
Already Germany’s response to the CDF document, seconds for Bishop Georg Bätzing, head of the conference of German bishops, is that “they are not happy.”

Most U.S. Catholics don’t either. While the steps of Pope Francis’ baby are appreciated, it’s time to take some giant steps. I have my fervent hope that the church will not only one day bless same-sex couples, but will recognize the sacramentality of their marriages. The pope has the power to do so; he is the pope, after all.

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