Bishop Schneider joins the party: https://www.infocatolica.com/blog/caritas.php/2010230626-283-mons-schneider-al-papa-fr
Same sex civil unions and the Catholic faith
by Msgr. A. Schneider
The Catholic faith in the voice of the perennial magisterium, the sense of faith of the faithful (sensus fidelium) as well as common sense, clearly rejects any civil union of two persons of the same sex, a union which has as its objective that these persons seek sɛҳuąƖ pleasure from each other. Even if persons living in such unions do not participate in mutual sɛҳuąƖ pleasure, which in reality has been shown to be unrealistic, such unions represent a great scandal, a public acknowledgment of the sins of fornication against nature, and a proximate and continuous occasion of sin. Those who advocate civil unions between persons of the same sex are therefore also guilty of creating a kind of structure of sin, in this case the juridical structure of habitual fornication against nature, since ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ acts belong to the sins that cry out to heaven, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says (see n. 1867).
Every true Catholic, every true Catholic priest, every true Catholic bishop must, with deep sorrow and a crying heart, lament and protest against the unheard of fact that Pope Francis, the Roman Pontiff, the successor of the Apostle Peter, the Vicar of Christ on earth , manifested in the documentary film "Francesco", which was released on October 21, 2020 as part of the Rome Film Festival, his support for civil unions of the same sex. Such support from the Pope means support for a structure of sin, for a lifestyle against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue, which was written with God's fingers on stone tablets at Sinai (see Ex. 31:18) and given by the hands of angels to men (see Galatians 3:19).
What God has written with his hand, not even a Pope can erase or rewrite with his hand or his tongue. The Pope cannot behave as if he were God or an incarnation of Jesus Christ, modifying these words of the Lord: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matt. 5:27-28) and instead say, more or less, the following: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'; 'if a man lies with a man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination' (Lev. 20:13); 'men who practice ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖity will not inherit the kingdom of God' (1 Cor. 6:9); 'the practice of ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖity is contrary to sound doctrine' (1 Tim. 1:10). But I tell you that for people who are attracted to the same sex "we must create a law of civil union. That way they are legally covered.
Every Pastor of the Church, and especially the Pope, should always remind others of these serious words of Our Lord: "So whoever breaks even one of these commandments, even of the least of these, and teaches men to do likewise, shall be the least in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19).
Every Pope must take very seriously what the First Vatican Council proclaimed: "Thus the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter, not that they might, by his revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by his assistance, they might keep holy and expound faithfully the revelation handed down by the Apostles,". (Dogmatic Constitution Pastor aeternus, chapter 4)
Advocating a law to give legal cover to a lifestyle contrary to God's explicit commandment, against human nature and against human reason, is a new doctrine, that "those who sew ties for all the joints of the hands and make veils of all sizes for the head" (Ezek. 13:18), a new doctrine that "perverts the grace of our God into lewdness" (Jude 4), a doctrine that is evidently against Divine Revelation and the perennial teaching of the Church of all times. Such a doctrine cσnspιʀєs with sin and, therefore, is a highly anti-pastoral measure.
Legally promoting a sinful lifestyle goes against the core of the Gospel itself, since people in same-sex unions through their sɛҳuąƖ acts gravely offend God. Our Lady of Fatima made the motherly call to all humanity to stop offending God, who is already too much offended.
The following voice of the Magisterium faithfully echoes the voice of Jesus Christ, Our Divine Master, the Eternal Truth and the voice of the Church and the Popes of all times:
"if the laws or precepts of the rulers were in contradiction with that order and, consequently, in contradiction with the will of God, they would not have the strength to oblige in conscience. (Cf. John Paul II, Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, 72)
"Legislation in favour of ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ unions is contrary to right reason because it confers legal guarantees analogous to those of the marriage institution on the union between persons of the same sex. Considering the values at stake, the State cannot legalize these unions without failing in its duty to promote and protect an essential institution for the common good such as marriage" (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "Considerations on Projects for Legal Recognition of Unions between ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ Persons"). , n. 6)
"One might ask how a law that does not impose any particular behavior, but merely makes legal a factual reality that apparently does not imply an injustice to anyone, can run counter to the common good. In this sense, it is necessary to reflect above all on the difference between ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ behavior as a private phenomenon and the same as public behavior, legally foreseen, approved, and converted into one of the institutions of the legal system. The second phenomenon is not only more serious, but also more vast and profound in scope, since it could involve modifications contrary to the common good of the entire social organization. Civil laws are structuring principles of man's life in society, for better or for worse. They "play a very important and sometimes decisive role in the promotion of a mentality and customs"(14) The forms of life and models expressed in them not only externally shape social life, but also tend to modify the understanding and appreciation of behavior in the new generations. The legalization of ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ unions would therefore be destined to cause the obscuring of the perception of some fundamental moral values and the devaluation of the matrimonial institution". (ibid.)
"sɛҳuąƖ relations are human when and insofar as they express and promote the mutual aid of the sexes in marriage and remain open to the transmission of life. (ibid., n. 7)
"By placing the ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ union on a legal plane analogous to that of marriage or the family, the State acts arbitrarily and contradicts its own duties. (ibid., n. 8)
"Not attributing the social and juridical status of marriage to forms of life that are not and cannot be matrimonial is not opposed to justice, but on the contrary, is required by it... there are sufficient reasons to affirm that such unions are harmful to the right development of human society, especially if they increase their effective impact on the social fabric". (ibid.)
"It constitutes a grave injustice to sacrifice the common good and the law of the family in order to obtain goods that can and must be guaranteed by means that do not harm the generality of the social body. (ibid., No. 9)
"Moreover, there is a danger that legislation, by basing certain rights on ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖity, will concretely encourage a person with a ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ tendency to declare his or her ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖity or even to seek a partner with whom to benefit from the provisions of the law. (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Some considerations on the response to the legislative proposals on the non-discrimination of ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ persons, July 24, 1992, n. 14)
All Catholics, whether lay people or young children, young men and women, fathers and mothers, consecrated persons, cloistered nuns, priests and bishops, who stand inviolably firm and "fight for the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3), are therefore despised and marginalized on the periphery of the life of the Church today, weep and cry out to God so that, through the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who said in Fatima that people must stop offending God, who is already too offended, Pope Francis may be able to convert and formally withdraw his approval of civil unions of the same sex, in order to confirm his brothers, as the Lord has commanded him (Cf. Luke 22:32).
All these little ones of the Church (children, young people, fathers and mothers of families, cloistered nuns, priests, bishops) would surely say to Pope Francis: "Most Holy Father, for the salvation of your own immortal soul, for the sake of the souls of all those persons who through their approval of same-sex unions are with their sɛҳuąƖ acts seriously offending God and exposing their souls to the danger of being eternally lost, convert, retract your approval and proclaim with all your predecessors the following immutable teaching of the Church":
"The Church teaches that respect for ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ persons can in no way lead to the approval of ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ behavior or the legalization of ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ unions. (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "Considerations Regarding Projects for the Legal Recognition of Unions Between ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ Persons," no. 11)
"Legally recognizing ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ unions or equating them with marriage would mean not only approving deviant behavior and making it a model for today's society, but also obfuscating fundamental values that belong to the common heritage of humanity. The Church cannot fail to defend such values, for the good of men and of all society. (ibid., no. 11)
With the Pope's incredible approval of same-sex unions, all true children of the Church feel themselves orphans, and no longer hear the clear and unequivocal voice of the Pope, who must inviolably guard and faithfully expose Revelation, the Deposit of Faith, given through the apostles.
The true children of the Church in our day could use these words from Psalm 137, saying: We feel like in exile, by the rivers of Babylon, weeping as we remember Zion, as we remember the luminous and clear teaching of the Popes, of our Holy Mother Church.
However, we believe unwaveringly in the words of Our Lord, that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Church.
The Lord will come, even if He comes late, only in the fourth watch of the night, to calm the storm within the Church, to calm the storm within the papacy of our day, and He will say: "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid. Man of little faith, why did you doubt? And as soon as they got into the boat, the wind ceased. (Mt. 14: 27; 32-33)
Our Lord will also say to Pope Francis: "For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and suffers the loss of his own soul? Or what can he give to regain it? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will repay each one according to his works". (Matthew 16: 26-27); and Our Lord will also say to Pope Francis
"But I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when you are converted, strengthen your brethren" (Luke 22:32)
October 22nd, 2020
+ Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Santa Maria in Astana