Because they see it as touching the indissolubility of marriage?
“Not only that, but also the understanding of the Eucharist and of the Church. That’s a kind of Trinity, and if you touch one, you touch the lot. That said, there are all kinds of positions along the spectrum within that 65 percent who are against. I’ll quote one bishop, and this scandalized me, who said, ‘This synod basically has to choose between the way of Jesus and the way of Walter Kasper’.” [He’s right.] It wasn’t in the public session, but it was said. I don’t scandalize easily, but that did it. (from Eponymous Flower)
Well, you can’t get any more blunt than that. And I must say, it’s so encouraging and edifying. This language porn which includes this desire to dumb-down the language of sin (i.e. trying to get the Church to back away from teachings like calling sin “intrinsically disordered”), or the desire to include everyone and exclude virtually no one, irrespective of their unrepentant sinful situation, is something that has to be met with two proverbial fists to the face. And the idea that we must be pleasant with one another to uphold a sham unity at the expense of the Gospel itself is right from the pit of hell. In fact, the more blunt and “hurtful” words one hears, the more Godly are the bishops who utter them.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Can you imagine any bishop saying that today to those who deserve to be called what they are? And if not, whose problem is that? Jesus’s or the bishops?