Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg made the astonishing suggestion that early Christians did not understand what homosexuality was, in a revealing interview with a Croatian journalist.
Questioned about his statement in February 2022 that the Catechism’s teaching on homosexuality is “false,” Cardinal Hollerich said:
When the Church doctrine was being created, the concept of homosexuality did not even exist. Homosexuality is a new word; even in St. Paul’s time, people had no idea that there could be men and women attracted to the same sex.
Repeating the argument that he had introduced in February, the cardinal said that in ancient times, homosexual acts were associated with pagan cults or with abuse of slaves. “But how can you condemn people who can only love members of the same sex?” he asked.
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