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Catholic Activist: Gay Advocacy at Vatican Synod Did 'Disservice' to Church

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 06:28 PM

A Vatican conference on family life that turned into a public fight over homosexuality has left some believers fearful that a Catholic "civil war" could be brewing under Pope Francis, says a critic of initiatives to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to homosexuals.

Maria Madise of Voice of the Family, a United Kingdom-based umbrella group for conservative and pro-life Catholic organizations, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday that the October synod on families in Rome — which Madise attended — rattled many of the conservative faithful.

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The two-week gathering turned contentious over language on homosexuality in the synod's official report, and after two lecturers urged the assembly of prelates to welcome gay Catholics into church life.

"Comments like this, interpreted widely in the world media, can start of living [their] own life and can do a lot of disservice to the faithful," said Madise.

Madise weighed in during the synod, with a widely circulated statement on the Voice of the Family Web site that, "The unqualified welcome of homosexual couples into family and parish environments damages everybody, by serving to normalise the disorder of homosexuality.''

The reform-minded Pope is known for promoting a change in "emphasis," so that in everyday church practice, gay people feel more loved as God's children than condemned for what Catholicism teaches is the sin of homosexuality.

But Madise told "MidPoint" that some synod participants "engineered the manipulation of the synod" and used the Pope's "silence" at the gathering on the subject of homosexuality to push a point of view at odds with Church teaching.

In the process, said Madise, they "made a lot of the faithful uneasy" and left them "questioning whether anything … being discussed at the synod had anything to do with their real families, or was it really just a civil war."

Madise said the dispute also bred confusion over the Pope's "infallibility" as interpreter of God's word.

"We certainly have to follow him as the speaker of Christ," she said of Francis. "However, all suggestions that the church teaching is going to change radically or that Pope Francis is reforming the doctrine of the church are simply not true, because even the Pope is subject to consistent magisterium and the gospels. He cannot create the truth."

Even though he speaks for God, "all comments issued by the Pope are not infallible … and faithful today are not always acknowledging that," said Madise.
Asked point blank by Berliner whether homosexuals can have any place in the Catholic Church, Madise said that Catholicism "draws a clear distinction between a person and an act.

"While the person needs to be always accepted, the sinful actions of person cannot," she said. "It's precisely because we love the person, we need to oppose the action that is harmful to him."

Pressed further, she said, "The practice of homosexuality can have no appreciation from the Catholic hierarchy."

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