Statement on the Declarations of Pope Francis Regarding Civil Unions


By Cardinal Burke, OCT 22, 2020:

The worldwide communications media have reported with strong emphasis, as a change of course, the news that Pope Francis has declared that persons in the homosexual condition, as children of God, “have a right to have a family” and that “no one should be thrown out or be made unhappy because of it.” Moreover, they write that he has declared: “What we have to create is a civil union. In this way they will be legally covered. I have defended this.” The declarations were made in an interview with Evgeny Afineevsky, director of a documentary, “Francesco,” premiered on October 21, 2020, on the occasion of the Rome Film Festival (Festa del Film di Roma).

Such declarations generate great bewilderment and cause confusion and error among Catholic faithful, inasmuch as they are contrary to the teaching of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and of the recent Magisterium by which the Church guards, protects and interprets the whole deposit of faith contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. They cause wonderment and error regarding the Church’s teaching among people of good will, who sincerely wish to know what the Catholic Church teaches. They impose upon pastors of souls the duty of conscience to make fitting and necessary clarifications.

First of all, the context and the occasion of such declarations make them devoid of any magisterial weight. They are rightly interpreted as simple private opinions of the person who made them. These declarations do not bind, in any manner, the consciences of the faithful who are rather obliged to adhere with religious submission to what Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and the ordinary Magisterium of the Church teach on the matter in question. In particular, the following are to be noted.

1. “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, Tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2357; Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Persona humana, “Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, no. VIII[1]), inasmuch as they are contrary to the natural law, closed to the gift of life and void of a true affective and sexual complementarity. Therefore, they cannot be approved.

2. The particular and sometimes deep-seated tendencies of persons, men and women, in the homosexual condition, which are for them a trial, although they may not in themselves constitute a sin, represent nonetheless an objectively disordered inclination (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358; Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Homosexualitatis problema, “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,” no. 3[2]). They are, therefore, to be received with respect, compassion and sensitivity, avoiding any unjust discrimination. The Catholic faith teaches the faithful to hate sin but to love the sinner.

3. The faithful, and, in particular, Catholic politicians are held to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Considerations Regarding Proposals To Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons,Diverse questioni concernenti l’omosessualità, n. 10[3]). The right to form a family is not a private right to vindicate but must correspond to the plan of the Creator Who has willed the human being in sexual difference, “male and female He created them” (Gen 1, 27), thus calling man, male and female, to the transmission of life. “Because married couples ensure the succession of generations and are therefore eminently within the public interest, civil law grants them institutional recognition. Homosexual unions, on the other hand, do not need specific attention from the legal standpoint since they do not exercise this function for the common good.” (Ibidem, no. 9[4]). To speak of a homosexual union, in the same sense as the conjugal union of the married, is, in fact, profoundly misleading, because there can be no such union between persons of the same sex. In what regards the administration of justice, persons in the homosexual condition, as all citizens, can always make use of the provisions of law to safeguard their private rights.

It is a source of deepest sadness and pressing pastoral concern that the private opinions reported with so much emphasis by the press and attributed to Pope Francis do not correspond to the constant teaching of the Church, as it is expressed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, and is guarded, protected and interpreted by the Magisterium. Equally sad and concerning is the turmoil, confusion, and error they cause among the Catholic faithful, as is the scandal they cause, in general, by giving the totally false impression that the Catholic Church has had a change of course, that is, has changed its perennial teaching regarding such fundamental and critical questions.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
Rome, October 22, 2020

[1] “… suapte intrinseca natura esse inordinatos.” Sacra Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei, Declaratio, Persona humana, “De quibusdam quaestionibus ad sexualem ethicam spectantibus,” 29 Decembris 1975, Acta Apostolicae Sedis 68 (1976) 85, n. 8. English Translation, p. 5, VIII.

[2] Cf. Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei, Epistula, Homosexualitatis problema, “Ad universos catholicae Ecclesiae episcopos de pastorali personarum homosexualium cura,” 1 Octobris 1986, Acta Apostolicae Sedis 79 (1987) 544, n. 3. English Translation, pp. 1-2, no. 3.

[3] Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei, Nota, Diverse quaestioni concernenti l’omosessualità, “De contubernalibus eiusdem sexus quoad iuridica a consectaria contubernii,” 3 Iunii 2003, Acta Apostolicae Sedis 96 (2004) 48, n. 10. English translation: English Translation, pp. 5-6, no. 10.

[4] “Poiché le coppie matrimoniali svolgono il ruolo di garantire l’ordine delle generazioni e sono quindi di eminente interesse pubblico, il diritto civile conferisce loro un riconoscimento istituzionale. Le unioni omosessuali invece non esigono una specifica attenzione da parte dell’ordinamento giuridico, perché non rivestono il suddetto ruolo per il bene comune.” Ibid., 47, n. 9. English translation: Ibid., p. 5, no. 9.

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3 Responses to Statement on the Declarations of Pope Francis Regarding Civil Unions

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Statement on the Declarations of Pope Francis Regarding Civil Unions
    Posted on October 23, 2020 by Catholicism Pure & Simple
    By Cardinal Burke, OCT 22, 2020:
    Reblog: by Zero Lift-Off Only The Beginning
    October 23, 2020
    “The Rabble-Rouse Disruptor Pope”
    by Lawrence Morra
    Francis has done no good in taking the stand that he did in declaring such things that should only be left to civil or legal experts and courts of law not a Pope to inject his opinions or new interpretation of what the Church says is right or wrong with Civil Law. He acts as a disruptor by doing this, and only created confusion or even gave a green light to those who are homosexual to think the Pope is supporting their lifestyle as a moral matter not just a legal one. He could rightly say as human beings he sees them as children of God but must see their error for what it is a perversion of God’s creation of men and women, the purpose of which is clearly defined; but when he starts entering into the laws of man or society, the ways of the world, the crooked world and how they should be designed, interpreted or applied he strays from his obligation to the Church and faithful, the flock, the same church that Jesus instructed Apostle Peter to build, saying to him, “build my church!” The Pope is dead wrong just as he has been with the Pachamama Synod blasphemy scandal that he created in the Vatican; a major disruption! He is a rabble-rouse Pope and is even promoting a sort of blending of Muslim and Buddhist beliefs with Christian from the latest reports. As far as this article, I see a statement contained in it as “precisely the heart of the matter” which I point to.
    “Because married couples ensure the succession of generations and are therefore eminently within the public interest, civil law grants them institutional recognition. Homosexual unions, on the other hand, do not need specific attention from the legal standpoint since they do not exercise this function for the common good.” (Ibidem, no. 9[4]). To speak of a homosexual union, in the same sense as the conjugal union of the married, is, in fact,
    “(profoundly misleading,)”
    because, there can be no such union between persons of the same sex.”
    That to me is the key; those two words of “profoundly misleading” which this Pope does do in some of his blatant actions and injecting himself into such things like the UN to be part of the political environment of the league of nations and it’s assertions in the world of men! He is obviously to me a renegade wicked man! He makes me so upset how he is promoting falsehood and now sin in this slick and devious way; all in the name of the Holy Mother Church, but he doesn’t emphasize the greater good in the Church of its long standing tried and proven doctrines of the faith based solely on the word of God; or its “faithful” enough!
    I’m only a little man having no power over anything, and have my own life to try and attend to, but, I’m open to God and want “His will to be done on earth as in heaven,” so I offer myself in His service if, how and when He so chooses. Amen.
    Lawrence Morra III
    My objection to Francis, Bergoglio, today!

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