It is not overstating it to say the Catholic Church is in turmoil.
And most of the struggle is a direct result of Leftist Pope Francis.
Now Pope Francis has shocked the Church by changing the Catholic position on same-sex couples and many wonder if abortion is next.
Pope Francis causing “chaos and hurt souls”
Pope Francis has once again caused widespread controversy and confusion in the Catholic Church.
The latest issue in what some are calling the Pope’s destruction of the Church, is his document on allowing priests to bless same-sex couples and individuals involved in unchaste same-sex marriages and unrecognized civil marriages.
This decision by the radical left-wing Pope is something faithful and traditional Catholics say will “produce chaos” in people’s lives “and hurt souls.”
And many Catholics are nervous Pope Francis will take similar actions on the Church’s strong pro-life position.
The Pope recently gave Priests in the Roman Catholic Church “the possibility of blessing couples in irregular situations and same-sex couples,” as long as this is done “without officially validating their status or changing in any way the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage.”
The shocking decision came through a statement titled “On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings” (Fiducia Supplicans) signed by the 87-year-old Pope and issued by the Vatican’s chief doctrinal guardian, the Dicastery (formerly the Congregation) for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is now led by close Francis ally and fellow Argentine Cardinal Víctor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández.
New Papal authority to bless
The blessing is not meant to be a wedding Mass, nor a “liturgical rite or blessing similar to a liturgical rite that can create confusion” that implies the Church has celebrated a wedding or nuptial service.
But when a couple in a same-sex relationship approach their Priest, he now has papal authority to offer a blessing on them which “unites intercessory prayer with the invocation of God’s help by those who humbly turn to him,” says the document, “a blessing that descends from God upon those who — recognizing themselves to be destitute and in need of his help — do not claim a legitimation of their own status, but who beg that all that is true, good, and humanly valid in their lives and their relationships be enriched, healed, and elevated by the presence of the Holy Spirit.”
Despite the language, the media and many Catholics have rightfully portrayed the Pope’s document as a victory for the radical LGBTQ movement.
A Reuters headline stated, “Vatican approves blessings for same-sex couples in landmark ruling.”
And Father Gerald Murray, a Priest at the Church of the Holy Family in New York City, told ‘Washington Watch’ host Jody Hice, “This really is a very bad document. And it’s going to cause immense grief and sorrow in the Catholic Church, not only in the U.S., but throughout the world.”
While the Pope’s declaration claims that it does not change official Roman Catholic doctrine, Fr. Murray told Hice, “[T]he teaching of the Church cannot change, but the pastors of the Church can act in a way that undermines that teaching, and that is simply what’s going on here.”
Traditionally, the Church has ranked sodomy as one of the four sins that “cry out to Heaven for vengeance.”
Dissenting Leftist Catholics celebrated the Pope’s statement allowing the public blessing of same-sex couples.
“The change here is that these blessings are now officially sanctioned by the Vatican,” wrote Jesuit priest James Martin.
Martin heads New Ways Ministries, a radical ministry intent on normalizing LGBTQ relations inside the Catholic Church. “Today, with some limitations, I can perform a public blessing of a same-sex couple. Yesterday, I could not.”
That’s exactly why traditional Catholics warned the new policies make it seem the Roman Catholic Church is blessing the underlying sexual activity of the couple, despite being an unrepentant sin.
“The practical consequences of this decision are obvious to anyone with eyes,” said Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, in an email to The Washington Stand.
“LGBT activists have never been simply interested in a ‘blessing’ as individuals. That has always been available to everyone. … [T]he LGBT movement wants the Church to endorse its goals, including the condoning of same-sex lifestyles, unions, and even sexual acts as authentic expressions of human love.”
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.