BERLIN (LifeSiteNews) — The German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) has officially supported the #OutinChurch LGBT campaign publicly backed by 125 Catholic Church employees, including clergy.
On January 24, the LGBT campaign released their seven-point list of demands to the Catholic Church, including for a change in Church “doctrine” on sexuality, as well as a documentary entitled “How God Created Us,” which has been characterized as “the biggest coming out in the Catholic Church” by German Christian magazine PRO.
The #OutinChurch “For a Church without fear” campaign demands that “the Church must not withhold the blessing of God and access to the sacraments from LGBTIQ+ persons and couples,” and that the Church accept for employment those who live “an open life according to one’s sexual orientation and gender identity.”
In the weeks since the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared that the Catholic Church cannot bless homosexual relationships, calling such blessings "illicit," hundreds of German priests have defied the ban on "homosexual blessings."
Indeed, more than 500 German priests have vowed to violate the Vatican's directive which states that it is "not licit to impart a blessing on relationships, or partnerships, even stable, that involve sexual activity outside of marriage (i.e., outside the indissoluble union of a man and a woman open in itself to the transmission of life), as is the case of the unions between persons of the same sex."
The fundamental reason for this, of course, is that God, "does not and cannot bless sin."
Very unfortunately, however, many illicit "blessings" have already occurred, as more than 100 locations in Germany (including 50 Catholic parishes) participated in a "Love wins, blessing service for lovers" organized by an openly homosexual German priest.
BUT, there is hope!
Many faithful German Catholics are prayerfully protesting at these renegade parishes, reciting the Holy Rosary and saying other prayers as loving acts of reparation for the illicit "blessings."
Please SIGN and PLEDGE TO PRAY in solidarity with these faithful German Catholics, to STOP these sacrileges. You may say any prayer of your choice!
Of course, these so-called illicit "blessings" are only symptomatic of the head-long plunge of the German Catholic Church into what has been called "massive apostasy," and undeclared "schism."
Observers have suggested that this pernicious deviation from the Church's teaching on marriage and on sexual morality by the German Catholic clergy was set in motion by the so-called German Synodal Path - a Church convention run by the German bishops which dissents from Catholic teaching on celibacy, clerical authority, the ban on female ordination, contraception, cohabitation, homosexuality, and gender theory.
And, many attempts have been made in the last year to appeal to Church authorities, both within and outside Germany, to stop the Synodal Path's manoeuvring against the constant teaching of the Magisterium in faith and morals.
Indeed, in the last ten days, a group of faithful Catholic clergy - including a Cardinal, bishops and priests - have approached the Pope asking him to intervene to stop the Catholic Church in Germany from crossing into declared schism.
Calling on the Pontiff to take action, the faithful group of clergy appeal thus:
"Concerned about this sad situation [the drift of the German Church into schism], we Pastors of the Catholic Church and faithful laity committed to the defense of the Truth of the Faith, ask the Holy Father to take the necessary measures to put an end to these drifts of the German Synodal Path and, if necessary, to apply the appropriate canonical sanctions against the promoters of this tremendous deviation from both doctrine and communion with the Keys of Peter."
Please PLEDGE TO PRAY for the Catholic Church in Germany, that the illicit "homosexual blessings" would cease, and that the Church, there, would swiftly reunite itself to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and Her perennial and immutable teachings on faith and morals.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Vatican rejects blessings for homosexual couples' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-vatican-rejects-blessings-for-homosexual-couples
'Priest: Blessing homosexual couples in Germany is a 'sacrilegious … diabolical act'' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/priest-blessing-homosexual-couples-in-germany-is-a-sacrilegiousdiabolical-act
'Over 500 German priests vow to defy Church’s ban on same-sex couples’ blessings' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/over-500-german-priests-vow-to-defy-churchs-ban-on-same-sex-couples
'German bishop involved in Amazon Synod will not suspend priests who bless homosexual couples' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/german-bishop-involved-in-amazon-synod-will-not-suspend-priests-who-bless-homosexual-couples
'Cardinal, bishops, priests ask Pope to stop schism of Catholic Church in Germany' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-bishops-priests-ask-pope-to-stop-schism-of-catholic-church-in-germany
'Bishop Schneider: How Catholics in Germany can remain faithful in face of schism' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-schneider-how-catholics-in-germany-can-remain-faithful-in-face-of-schism
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It also calls upon the German bishops to “take responsibility” for the “suffering” supposedly caused to “LGBTIQ+ persons,” “address the institutional history of guilt,” and “advocate for the changes” called for by the campaign.
The same day the campaign was publicized, the Bishop of Aachen, Helmut Dieser, made an official statement “welcom[ing] the LGBT campaign on behalf of the German Bishops’ Conference as a sign that we are working so that this climate of fearlessness can and must develop in our Church.”
Appearing to echo the campaign’s insistence that “LGBTIQ+ persons must have access to all fields of activity” in the Church “without discrimination,” Dieser said in the DBK video that “no one can be discriminated against, devalued or criminalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” as FSSPX.news reported.
In a separate interview published January 24, Dieser expressed his views more clearly and strongly, accusing the Church of “criminaliz[ing]” homosexuals, and suggesting that a disordered homosexual orientation is a “gift from God”: “Homosexuals were also devalued and criminalized by the church. A confession of guilt is also due here. . .We are working on that. . .Now we say: Sexual orientation is a gift from God. It is not to be questioned, but it must be led into the discipleship of God.”
Dieser suggested in his DBK video, contrary to Catholic teaching, that the Church can take a “new” approach to sexual orientation and “identity.”
“The Synodal Path teaches us to understand more deeply that sexual orientation and gender identity are part of the person. We have an image of the man who tells us that the person is loved unconditionally by God and on this basis we approach the questions of sexual orientation, of identity, but also the success of sexuality in a new way,” Dieser continued.
Dieser also said he is “convinced” that the “Synodal Path” provides the “necessary space” to “respond in a constructive way” to “these questions,” “in order to be free from fear.”
The German Synodal Path, a series of “synodal” meetings begun in late December of 2019, is a process by which the German bishops seek to change Church teaching on issues such as female priesthood, homosexual relationships, and priestly celibacy. It has been firmly condemned by German Catholic laypeople, as well as by Church prelates.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller told LifeSiteNews that the agenda of the German Synodal Path “is diametrically opposed to the Catholic faith in form and content.”
For years, the German bishops as a whole have been notorious for defying Church teaching in various ways, such as by advocating for allowing sacrilege via Communion for those in adulterous relationships and permitting Protestants to receive Holy Communion under certain circumstances.
Indeed, since the launch of the #OutinChurch campaign, at least several German bishops have publicly embraced it.
A January 24 statement from the The Diocese of Essen, for example, praised the campaign, noting that Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck “already called on the Church two years ago to ‘depathologize’ homosexuality.”
Bishop Franz-Josef Bode von Osnabrück said he sees the campaign as “a courageous step by 125 homosexual employees of the Catholic Church throughout the country,” and Bishop Heinrich Timmerevers of Dresden-Meißen thanked those featured in the campaign documentary for their “impressive testimonies” on his diocesan Twitter account.
The Catholic Church teaches that the homosexual inclination is intrinsically disordered; it does not teach that persons who experience it are themselves disordered. It also teaches that homosexual activity is intrinsically disordered (CCC 2357).
In its 2003 document Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), led by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, cautioned, “In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.”