Once again, Pope Francis’s views overshadowed the principles of the Catholic faith after he called for the passage of a law approving civil union for same-sex couples in a documentary titled “Francesco” that premiered Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Rome.
The pontiff affirmed that in the eyes of God, homosexuals “have a right to be a part of the family,” according to “Francisco,” “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that,” reported Daily Caller.
According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, homosexual acts are contrary to natural law and are approved “under no circumstances.”
“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,'” the catechism states, according to Daily Caller.
A Vatican document signed in 2003 by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, which was also expressly approved by John Paul II, expressly forbade support of civil unions for homosexuals.
“Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil,” the text states.
The comments by the pope generated confusion as he has no authority on civil law and from different religious sectors they asked for a response given that such declarations represent a clear affront to the orthodox doctrine of the Catholic Church.
In 2010, while he was a cardinal, he urged Catholics to show their rejection of a law approving same-sex marriage and although his efforts were not very fruitful, he made clear his position on homosexual marriage.
According to the website of the Catholic civil rights organization, Catholic League, the words of the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio (and future Pope Francis) were, “At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother, and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”
However, the pope’s statements on controversial issues pointing to a reform of Catholic doctrine have become more and more frequent.
The most current declarations, openly show a commitment to the so-called gender ideology, which has been taking on greater relevance since the beginning of the century and is intimately related to leftist thinking.
The pope’s statements have deliberately contradicted the teachings of more than 2,000 years of Catholic faith. In 2018 he assured that hell does not exist and that condemned souls simply “disappear.”
In an interview titled The Pope: It is an honor to be called revolutionary, explained to his friend Eugenio Scalfari that souls who had committed sins were not punished but received God’s forgiveness as long as they repented, thus suggesting that they could attain the kingdom of God.
“But those who do not repent and therefore cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is disappearance of sinful souls,” Bergoglio said, as reported by CNS News.
In December 2019, during the celebration of Jesus’s birth, under the idea of God’s unconditional love for human beings, he affirmed that the Lord loved them all regardless of the evil they had committed.
“Christmas reminds us that God continues to love us all, even the worst of us. To me, to you, to each of us, he says today, ‘I love you and I will always love you, for you are precious in my eyes,’” the pope said.
“You may have mistaken ideas, you may have made a complete mess of things, but the Lord continues to love you,” he added.
On Sunday, Oct. 4, during the pronouncement of his new encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti” (Brothers All), the pope condemned the “magic theories” of the free market, assuring that the world needed a new kind of politics, claiming the social purpose that private property has, an idea that comes from the theories of communism, socialism.