British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Reject Fiducia Supplicans

The British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, responding to widespread confusion over Catholic doctrine on same-sex unions and sexual behaviour outside of marriage, feel impelled to re-assert the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church [from the Catechism of the Catholic Church] which remains unchanged and unchangeable:

Basing itself an Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity; tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved {Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357).

Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and woman has been established [Catechism of the Catholic Church 2391)

It is in this context that we must assess the recent document Fiducia Supplicans – which proposes a call for discernment which may lead to bestowing blessings on those in same-sex or unmarried unions.

We note the noble pastoral desire to assist people to move forward by renewal of life and the call to conversion, building on all aspects of natural good will and virtue. Nevertheless, we see no situation in which such a blessing of a couple could be property and adequately distinguished from some level of approval.

Thus, it would inevitably lead to scandal – to the individuals concerned- to those involved directly or indirectly in the blessing – or to the minister himself. Furthermore, we fear that the practice of these blessings would confuse the faithful over the actual theology of marriage and human sexuality. Indeed, from the comments in the media over the past few days, and from concens passed on to us by the faithful, we can already see such misunderstandings.

We believe that genuine charity always follows true doctrine and that such blessings would work against the legitimate care a priest owes to his flock. With honest parresia and from our own experience as pastors we conclude that such blessings are pastorally and practically inadmissible.