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VATICAN CITY, December 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — “The moment has come for a change of direction,” Pope Francis urged the world in a video to the U.N. virtual Climate Ambition summit on Saturday, before begging viewers not to “rob the new generations of their hope in a better future.” The summit, attended by numerous state leaders, was held to mark five years since the creation of the Paris Climate Agreement.
In his address, Francis promised that the “Vatican City State is committed to reducing net emissions to zero by 2050,” to be achieved by “intensifying the efforts at environmental management that have already been in process for some years.”
Furthermore, he promised that the “Holy See is committed to promoting education in integral ecology,” explaining that this means that “[p]olitical and technical measures must be united with an educational process that favors a cultural model of development and sustainability.”
Remarks attributed to Pope Francis (and, not denied by the Vatican) in support of homosexual civil unions have caused grave scandal to the faithful.
Please SIGN this urgent petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify these heterodox and scandalous remarks on homosexual civil unions, and which will be delivered both to the Vatican and to the Papal Nuncio of the United States (the Pope's official representative in the U.S.).
As the last guarantor of the Faith, the Pope should clarify and rectify these remarks, which go against the perennial teaching of the Church, even including the teaching of his living predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
"What we have to create is a law of civil coexistence [meaning civil union law, for homosexuals]...," Pope Francis is reported to have remarked, in what is arguably his clearest statement of public support for a practice morally prohibited by official Catholic Church teaching.
In fact, the Church has been crystal clear in Her opposition to homosexual unions.
Just in 2003, Pope Saint John Paul II approved a document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, titled 'Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons' and written by Cardinal Ratzinger (now, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), which concludes with the following:
"The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions. The common good requires that laws recognize, promote and protect marriage as the basis of the family, the primary unit of society. Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behaviour, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend these values, for the good of men and women and for the good of society itself."
It could not be more clear: the Church is calling people to repentance, not to be left to indulge in grave sin.
Since becoming public, several senior prelates as well as other notable Catholic figures have voiced their opposition to these remarks attributed to the Pontiff.
Cardinal Raymond Burke stated: "It is a source of deepest sadness and pressing pastoral concern that the private opinions reported with so much emphasis by the press and attributed to Pope Francis do not correspond to the constant teaching of the Church, as it is expressed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition."
Cardinal Gerhard Müller commented: "Where there is tension between the plain and obvious Word of God and the infallible interpretation on the one hand, and private expressions of opinion even by the highest church authorities on the other, the principle always applies: in dubio pro DEO [When in doubt, be in favor of God]."
And, Catholic theologian and apologist Scott Hahn, without directly quoting Pope Francis, shared on Facebook the 'Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,' published by the CDF in 1986, with the statement: "Holy Father, respectfully and humbly, I beg to differ... if that is indeed what you said. In any case, please clarify and rectify your statement, especially in view of the official teaching of our Lord through the magisterium of His Church."
But, the silence from the Vatican has been deafening, with no clarification forthcoming.
We must, therefore, ask the Pope for clarification in this serious matter.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks Pope Francis to clarify and rectify remarks attributed to him in support of homosexual civil unions.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Cdl. Burke: Pope’s homosexual civil union remarks ‘contrary’ to Scripture, Tradition' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/cardinal-burke-on-popes-homosexual-civil-union-remarks-contrary-to-the-teaching-of-sacred-scripture-and-sacred-tradition
'Cardinal says Catholics ‘can and should’ disagree with Pope’s ‘opinion’ on gay civil unions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/cdl.mueller-popes-words-on-gay-civil-unions-purely-private-expression-of-opinion-which-every-catholic-can-and-should-freely-contradict
'Archbishop Vigano, Bishops Tobin and Strickland respond to Pope’s approval of homosexual civil unions' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/archbishop-vigano-and-bishops-tobin-strickland-respond-to-popes-approval-of-homosexual-civil-unions
'Pope’s comments on gay civil unions cause shockwaves around the world' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/deepest-sadness-cardinal-burke-condemns-pope-franciss-remarks-supporting-civil-unions
Francis neglected to mention Jesus Christ, or anything remotely religious, in his appearance at the summit, instead basing his statements on “fraternity and the alliance between the human being and the environment.”
“Integral ecology” is a term featured in Francis’s talks on climate change, most notably in his encyclical Laudato Si. According to Francis, the idea behind an “integral ecology” is that we are “interdependent on each other, as well as on our Mother Earth.” Only by “reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals” can we “recover a serene harmony with creation,” since the “environment is … on loan to each generation, which must then hand it on to the next.”
These words echo the Pope’s TED talk from October of this year, wherein he called the world to “urgent action,” lest we initiate “radical and catastrophic climate change.” Francis announced here that our goal should be to create “a world where we can meet the needs of the present generations, including everyone, without compromising the possibilities of future generations.” No mention of eternal salvation or the need to spread the Gospel was made throughout the course of the 13-minute video.
The secretary general of the U.N., António Guterres, also had some strong words to say at Saturday’s virtual summit. He opened by warning that “[f]ive years after Paris we are still not going in the right direction,” in reference to the Paris Climate Agreement. According to Guterres, “commitments are not being met,” leading to “carbon dioxide levels [being] at record highs.”
“If we don’t change course, we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3.0 degrees this century,” Guterres lamented. He went on to call “on all leaders worldwide to declare a state of climate emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached.”
Former vice president Joe Biden offered his full support to the summit, claiming that the “United States will re-join the Paris Agreement on day one of [his] presidency” and will convene with “the leaders of major economies for a climate summit within [his] first 100 days in office.”
Upon hearing of Biden’s plan to re-join the Paris Agreement, Guterres said: “[We] look forward for a very active U.S. leadership in climate action from now on. The United States is the largest economy in the world, it’s absolutely essential for our goals to be reached.”
The Paris Climate Agreement advances many moral evils, including abortion and contraception. Within the agreement’s Sustainable Development Goals is a 2030 target to have achieved “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights,” a well known euphemism for abortion, contraception, and sterilization.
The United Nations Population Fund states that “sexual and reproductive health” includes access for all to “the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice,” which can include types of contraception that are abortifacient. Voice of the Family have prepared a detailed and chilling report on the extent to which the Paris Agreement advances pro-abortion and pro-contraception agendas, often obscured by inoffensive language.
Notwithstanding the moral concerns regarding the Paris Climate Agreement, the Francis pontificate still offers its full support to the accord, seemingly without qualification.