Bravo to the Catholic Church (Seismic Shift)


popeWow!!! can you believe it, what marvelous news. What a huge shift in Catholic Church policy. This is something I have fought so hard for on my blog for so long. I confess for the most part I truly thought my words were falling on deaf ears. Please understand I’m not claiming any credit for this great policy change, yet I feel that in some small way I have played a part. Getting the word out is all important, doing the right thing is all important and today I believe the Worlds largest Christian community have finally done the right thing. Unfortunately we now have to wait and see if other evangelistic denominations (Baptist-Pentecost-Salvation Army etc) will find the courage to do the same. If not, they will surely find themselves a small insignificant minority group slipping into oblivion.  Please read on!

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Gay rights groups hailed a “seismic shift” by the Catholic Church toward gays and lesbians on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided them “precious” support.

In a preliminary report halfway through a Vatican meeting on family life, the bishops also said the church must recognize the “positive” aspects of civil unions and even Catholics who live together, with the aim of bringing them to a lifelong commitment in a church wedding.

The report summarized the closed-door debate that Pope Francis initiated to discuss a host of hot-button family issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance rather than condemnation, and it will guide discussions until a final document is issued Saturday.

“For the LGBT Catholics in the United States and around the world, this new document is a light in the darkness — a dramatic new tone from a church hierarchy that has long denied the very existence of committed and loving gay and lesbian partnerships,” said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, the biggest LGBT rights organization in the U.S.

The bishops were clearly taking into account the views of the pope, whose “Who am I to judge?” comment about LGBT people signalled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had “gifts and qualities” to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, “accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.”

‘Stunning change’

For a 2,000-year-old institution that teaches that gay sex is “intrinsically disordered,” even posing the question was significant.

“This is a stunning change in the way the Catholic church speaks of gay people,” said Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author. “The synod is clearly listening to the complex, real-life experiences of Catholics around the world, and seeking to address them with mercy, as Jesus did.”

The bishops repeated that gay marriage was off the table. But their report acknowledged that gay partnerships had merit.

“Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners,” they said.

Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic gay rights group, said that though the report repeats doctrine about gay marriage, “the move toward accepting and valuing the gifts of gay and lesbian people is a major step forward.”

For heterosexuals, the bishops said the church must grasp the “positive reality of civil weddings” and even cohabitation, with the aim of helping the couple commit eventually to a church wedding.

Wow!! I feel great!!! God Bless and keep reading

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10 Responses to Bravo to the Catholic Church (Seismic Shift)

  1. spookchristian says:

    I think you really need a history book..not a catholic one..
    Catholicism has not been around for 2000 years, and was certainly not started by Jesus..
    it has only existed for about 1400 years.. and that was only achieved by genocide and murder, and satanic assistance..

    I would be impressed if the so called pope actually became a Christian..and repented publicly of his false teachings..and did something genuine about child abuse.
    fat chance of that though..!!

    you really need to leave that whore of Babylon mister..

  2. spookchristian says:

    Thank you for the platitude..regarding history..which , by the way..is hypocritical of you to point out,, seeing as Catholicism, has repeatedly ignored history..

    and instead propagates a false history, as you have evidenced in your posting..

    and then yo refer to my comments aa a pissing contest…

    please try to be a little more adult..

    I have never been in a pissing contest,, certainly not with the RCC..after all,,
    I do not view catholicism as being Christian..and the purpose of my comment was to indicate the obvious hypocrisy and lies that you are perpetuating..

    furthermore,, your so called pope is just trying to suck more unwary people to come under the rather smelly armpit of the RCC..

  3. spookchristian says:

    excuse typos..

  4. irishroverpei says:

    I Find you rather amusing in your comments!!! first of all, he is not my Pope, I’m not RC, in fact I’m a protestant from Northern Ireland. The point I’m making is that finally the Catholic church is recognizing Gays, and not before time. I would like to see all so called Christian denominations Baptist-Pentecostal etc do the same. I’m certainly not perpetuating or even condoning the Catholic church but merely celebrating that they are perhaps moving into the 21 century. By the way I’m also not gay!!!

    • spookchristian says:

      well i am glad that you find me amusing..

      mainly because you Irish have a devastating and unique sense of humour..lol

      well your posting did sound like you were supporting catholicism..or that you were glad they were reforming/changing their attitude to gays..as though catholicism is christian or something. which it is most definitely not.
      it did nt occur to me that you were gay at all..

      acceptng gays as what..??
      i know gays can become christian.. but I see the Vatican attitude change, so called,, as just a ploy to suck all the gays into their cult..

      im sure it will make all those so called priests happy..

  5. irishroverpei says:

    I don’t suppose you and I will agree much on the subject of Christians, and that is okay, we all have a right our opinions. I just pleased that the gay community has one less group condemning them. Regardless of sexual orientation all people deserve equal rights and recognition, they do not deserve to be call an abomination as stated in Leviticus 18:22

  6. spookchristian says:

    if Gods word says it,, then I accept and believe it..
    Roman Catholicism is voodoo

  7. Now all the Pope has to do is rewrite scripture.

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