The Catholic Church has been in conflict with secular culture forever.
The Church has given in on some issues while remaining steadfast on others.
But Pope Francis is considering one move that would rock the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis has taken left-wing positions on everything from climate change to capitalism.
He recently voiced support for same-sex unions.
And now the Pope may be relaxing the Catholic Church’s position on homosexual sex altogether.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, a key adviser to Pope Francis, said that the Church cannot ask “impossible things” for homosexuals.
Hollerich, a fellow Jesuit, said in an interview, “How can you condemn people who cannot love except the same sex? … For some of them it is possible to be chaste, but calling others to chastity seems like speaking Egyptian to them.”
This is how secular values have diluted church doctrine. The top priority of the church should be in accordance with God, not a modern-day notion of popularity.
“We can only charge people with moral conduct they can bear in their world…If we ask impossible things of them, we will put them off…If we say everything they do is intrinsically wrong, it is like saying their life has no value,” Hollerich continued.
He added, “I find the part of the teaching calling homosexuality ‘intrinsically disordered’ a bit dubious…We should not reduce homosexuality to inordinate sexual relations. That is a very crude way of understanding a human person.”
Ironically, bending to secular values has not made the church more popular. As secularism takes root, religious affiliation withers away.
Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego, who was recently appointed, echoed similar sentiments as Hollerich.
McEloy said in an interview, “I’ve said for some years…that the intrinsically disordered language is a disservice…[The Catechism] presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity” and that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered…contrary to the natural law…The problem is…[the word] ‘disordered’ [is used]…as a philosophical term, but to us in our country and really most of the world, disorder is thought of as psychological…It’s a terrible word and it should be taken out of the catechism.”
Jesuits are known to be a left-wing order, so the push toward secular values is not particularly shocking.
Pope Francis, however, has maintained a staunchly pro-life position – much to the dismay of the leftists who like him otherwise.
The Pope said, “First question: is it okay to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Second question: is it okay to hire a hitman to solve a problem? … Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves.”
But his willingness to discard tradition has put millions of Catholics in an uncomfortable position.