Pope’s Contortions to Avoid Telling the Truth about Homosexual Relationships

Those who protest against Fiducia Supplicans (FS) ‘belong to small ideological groups’. So said Pope Francis in yet another interview, this time with the Italian daily La Stampa, published on 29 January. A few days earlier, on National TV in Che tempo che fa, guest of Fabio Fazio, he had instead said that those who do not accept the FS “are not familiar with it”.

It is worth taking up the subject once again precisely because of the way in which the Pope is constantly intervening in defence of the controversial Declaration issued last 18 December by the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith Victor Manuel ‘Tucho’ Fernandez. Not only speeches, but also the “promotion” of Fernandez as a member of the Dicastery for Christian Unity, headed by Cardinal Kurt Koch: an eloquent signal.

As we know, we are talking about the blessing of ‘homosexual and irregular couples’. But, what is the purpose of returning to the issue? Because in the face of the international uprising of shields, the Pope does not turn back – as requested by many – but tries to stir the pot by corroborating a clearly false narrative and insulting alleged enemies by calling them closed-hearted, not true Christians, who want to divide the Church. It is sad to see a pope playing a conjurer with words to advance his agenda, but one must take note of this, and also acknowledge that this is not the first time. So it is worthwhile to clarify the terms of the question once more.

To the accusation launched by the Pope, namely that the Declaration is criticised because one is not familiar with it, Cardinal Gerard L. Müller has already responded very clearly only recently when speaking on Raymond Arroyo’s World Over programme on EWTN: “No one can say that bishops and cardinals have not understood FS. We have all studied theology and are capable of understanding a twenty-page text’. And then a dig at Cardinal Fernandez and his hardcore books: ‘We have studied theology and not gynaecology, we do not know all the details like others, but what is needed is to know the Scriptures, Tradition and the doctrine of the Church’.

Indeed, it is the Pope who seems to ignore the content of the FS. Through the press, he once again wanted to emphasise ‘that one does not bless the union, but the people’, but that is not what is written in the Declaration. Already from the introductory lines, Cardinal Fernandez states at the end of a long speech that ‘one can understand the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples’. In fact, nowhere in the long document is there any reference to blessing single people even if they are in couples.

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