Some people are concerned that the 2018 Synod (“walking together”) on Youth will be rigged to create unheard of new openings toward the normalization of homosexual acts and homosexualist identity.
Today I read at the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly, that Philadelphia’s increasingly outspoken Archbishop Charles Chaput gave his intervention at the Synod and warned that the moniker “LGBT” should not be used in any Church document.
To which I say, “Bravo!”
You might recall that Archbp. Viganò, in his “Testimony” related that Francis said extremely unflattering things about Chaput. Just the other day, a key member of Team Francis, Card. Baldisseri, Chief Rigger of the Synod of Bishops, took an oblique swipe at Chaput in his opening speech at this Synod because Chaput dared to make critical observations about the Synod’s working document, the Instrumentum Laboris. Weigel said it best:
The IL is a 30,000-plus-word brick: a bloated, tedious doorstop full of sociologese but woefully lacking in spiritual or theological insight. Moreover, and more sadly, the IL has little to say about “the faith” except to hint on numerous occasions that its authors are somewhat embarrassed by Catholic teaching—and not because that teaching has been betrayed by churchmen of various ranks, but because that teaching challenges the world’s smug sureties about, and its fanatical commitment to, the sexual revolution in all its expressions.
Back to Chaput’s intervention. The CH provides the text. Here is his peroration:
Finally, what the Church holds to be true about human sexuality is not a stumbling block. It is the only real path to joy and wholeness. There is no such thing as an “LGBTQ Catholic” or a “transgender Catholic” or a “heterosexual Catholic”, as if our sexual appetites defined who we are; as if these designations described discrete communities of differing but equal integrity within the real ecclesial community, the body of Jesus Christ. This has never been true in the life of the Church, and is not true now. It follows that “LGBTQ” and similar language should not be used in Church documents, because using it suggests that these are real, autonomous groups, and the Church simply doesn’t categorize people that way.
Explaining why Catholic teaching about human sexuality is true, and why it’s ennobling and merciful, seems crucial to any discussion of anthropological issues. Yet it’s regrettably missing from this chapter and this document. I hope revisions by the Synod Fathers can address that.
Fr. Z kudos.
Right on cue, homosexualist and #sodoclericism activist Jesuit James Martin, LGBTQSJ reacts on Twitter:
The last tweet, embedded.
Finally, they are indeed a distinct member of the Body of Christ with distinct experiences–of exclusion, marginalization and persecution–and the church must speak of them with “respect,” as the Catechism says (2358). Part of respect is using the name they choose, thus “LGBT/Q.”
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) October 4, 2018
Note that what Martin does is promote division in the Church by emphasizing a small subgroup for which he claims special treatment. Mind you, he is not claiming equal treatment. He is claiming special treatment. Ultimately, he is calling for normalization of sinful homosexual acts. Forcing and forcing and forcing this label “LGBTQ” etc. is part of a long-term strategy. And that strategy doesn’t end with normalization of homosexual acts. The next goal is the lowering of the age of consent. HERE