“When we have documents, which talk about intrinsically disordered, or being evil, that’s not going to help people. We’ve got to try to find ways to express what the teaching actually says, but not putting it in ways that people feel that they are being branded, or that they are bad or they are evil” (1:36-1:54)
Let’s get something straight. The Catechism says that the ACT is intrinsically disordered, not the PERSON. The Cardinal is obfuscating on this point and mixing up key distinctions, perhaps even deliberately.
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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357)
The Cardinal is saying that using the phrase “intrinsically disordered” to describe the homosexual act is “not helpful” — that the Catechism is “not helpful”. What a disgrace.
The sad reality is that Jesus’ death on the Cross cannot be emptied of its significance. People go to hell. And they go to hell when they die in unrepentant mortal sin. And therefore, the language porn which refuses to call evil “evil” is the real problem.
If you are “walking with an unrepentant sinner” and not challenging them to turn away from their sin, but merely just walking with them for the sake of walking with them and being “nice” or “respectful”, guess what? That’s not helping them or you. Because you i.e. Cardinal Dew risks landing in the same place as them….and the walk that they will be walking when it’s too late is not a pleasant one at all.
Voris is right. These guys don’t believe in hell, and if they do, it’s only reserved for a select few. You simply cannot be pushing the theology which allows sexual perversity and believe in the traditional teaching on hell. It simply does not work.