Pro-LGBT Jesuit Father James Martin rushed to the defense of German Cardinal Reinhard Marx Saturday, after the latter proposed changing Catholic teaching on the morality of gay sex.
After Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, admonished Cardinal Marx, calling for his resignation, Father Martin suggested that Cardinal Marx had not contradicted Catholic belief in any significant way.
“Bishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas, says that Cardinal Reinhard Marx, former chairman of the German Bishops Conference has ‘left the Catholic faith,’ not for denying the Trinity or the Incarnation, but for saying that the church needs to rethink its position on homosexuality,” Father Martin declared on Twitter Saturday morning.
In his statement, Father Martin seems to imply that only a rejection of established Catholic teaching on doctrinal matters — and not morals — constitutes a serious departure from Church teaching.
Cardinal Marx’s proposal that the Church can simply reverse its millennial, biblically based teaching on the immorality of sodomy is, however, a bridge too far, as a helpful April 1 explainer in The Pillar points out.
Within “the context of the cardinal’s remarks — his hopes to see the Church effectively upend its entire understanding of human sexuality, natural law, and revealed divine truth in the Scriptures — the wording might change, but the doctrinal teaching of the Church cannot reverse itself,” The Pillar declares, in reference to the cardinal’s proposal to change the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
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