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Timothy Radcliffe

The appointment of the Reverend Father Timothy Radcliffe, as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has generated a lot of surprises on the part of priests and faithful.

Timothy Radcliffe

In addition to his positions in favor of access to Eucharistic communion to remarried divorcees, former Master General of the Order of Preachers also supports access to the priesthood of homosexual persons. But it is on the appreciation of homosexual relations there really something to be really skeptical, not to say shocked:

How does all of this bear on the question of gay sexuality? We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift. We can also see how it can be expressive of mutual fidelity, a covenantal relationship in which two people bind themselves to each other for ever.

The RP Timoty Radcliffe even says that these relationships can be the expression of "self-giving of Christ." Please do not laugh. Or not cry. It is perfectly possible to question this or that appointment which obviously does not assume the infallibility of the Catholic Church.

It will be recalled the three paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church who defend a firm and balanced attitude, where the reception of persons does not prevent a qualification of homosexual acts.

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

 

Pope Francis just gave to Timothy Radcliffe a lot of power. Why? What's the excuse for Pope Francis this time? I don't know. Sometimes it is better not to say anything, so I won't. Personaly I wish Benedict would come back as the Pope, he made a big mistake by resigning. All Christians should keep praying and keep the faith for whatever trials may come.

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” (New Testament, Romans 1:26,27)

Thank God, the Catholic church is the people...not the Pope nor its bishops nor its priests, although they hold positions in the Church. Now is not the time to leave the ship.

Don't forget that Radcliffe had not been elected Pope. Pope Francis is not endorsing everything that Timothy Radcliffe does or says. God works through flawed people, like Solomon chosen by God to be king of Israel, or Judas and Peter chosen by Jesus even if they weren't models of truth.

• May 21th, 2015 •

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