Pope Francis greets Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State (File Photo: CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Letter #71, 2023 Wednesday, March 15: Parolin
Just two months after the first German Pope in the modern history of the Catholic Church was laid to rest, Church officials in Pope Benedict’s native land on Saturday, March 11, voted overwhelmingly to further the cause of transgender ideology and women’s ordination. (link and link)
The document that was passed contradicts a Vatican declaration published two years ago today (March 15, 2021) that “the Church does not have, and cannot have, the power to bless unions of persons of the same sex,” by calling on bishops to “officially allow blessing ceremonies in their dioceses for couples who love each other but to whom sacramental marriage is not accessible or who do not see themselves at a point of entering into a sacramental marriage.” (link)
The German-born Pope Benedict XVI was a Pope who actively championed tradition in many different respects, and though Joseph Ratzinger did not deserve the moniker “Panzerkardinal” that some pinned on him, it is hard not to wonder if the Church in Germany would have gotten this far if the German Pope were still on the throne of Peter.
In any event, the German Synodal Way (“Der Synodaler Weg”), led by Bishop Georg Bätzing, 61 (link) of Limburg, has forged on.
Still, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, 68 (link) who, like Francis, began his tenure in 2013, continues to express the mind of Rome: disapproval.
Parolin reiterated this two days ago, saying: “The Synodal Path has taken decisions that do not correspond exactly to what is currently the doctrine of the Church,” as reported by the French Catholic journal La Croix (link).
Here is a summary (link) of what the German Church delegates voted for on March 11; further below is the complete La Croix report on Cardinal Parolin’s response.
The German Church delegates vote on March 11:
“Delegates voted by 176-14, with 12 abstentions, for a five-page document called ‘Blessing ceremonies for couples who love each other.’
“Of the German bishops who voted, a total of 38 were in favor of the text and nine were against, while 11 of them abstained.
“The document request that bishops ‘officially allow blessing ceremonies in their dioceses for couples who love each other but to whom sacramental marriage is not accessible or who do not see themselves at a point of entering into a sacramental marriage.’
“It says: ‘This also applies to same-sex couples on the basis of a re-evaluation of homosexuality as a norm variant of human sexuality.’
“The synod also voted overwhelmingly to accommodate the ideology of gender into the Catholic Church, including the changing of baptismal records to reflect a person’s preferred self-identified choice.” (link)
See below for the response of Cardinal Parolin.—RM
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