The CCBF demands the removal of a paragraph on homosexuality in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Wolf-Peter Mandroux On 23/06/2016
In an article, the President of the French baptized Catholic Conference (CCBF) [the French version of Call to Action] called the Catholic Church to withdraw its catechism paragraph that calls homosexuality a “grave depravity,” “intrinsically disordered.”
Anne Soupa, President of the Catholic Conference of Francophone baptized (BCCF), published an article asking the Catholic Church to withdraw the catechism paragraph on homosexuality. The demand comes less than two weeks after the killing in a homophobic gay club Orlando (United States) who made 49 victims.
Posted on 22 June on the conference site, the text begins by recalling the “successful” work of the French episcopate to develop a climate of benevolence towards homosexuals. Anne Soupa regrets, however, the existence of an “ugly stain that does not share the ecclesial fabric” when it comes to homosexuality: Paragraph 2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
“Intellectually questionable humanly hurtful”
The paragraph reads: “Building on Sacred Scripture, which presents them as grave depravity (cf. Gn 19: 1-29; Rom 1: 24-27; 1 Cor 6: 10; 1 Tim 1, 10) the tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” (CDF, decl. “Persona humana” 8). 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. They can not receive approval in any case. ”
Anne Soupa, this paragraph is “intellectually questionable humanly hurtful, unfair and guilt.” She also fears the risk of exploitation of this paragraph by religious fundamentalists. “Some words can also kill,” she wrote.
The choice of words offends the more Biblical scholar that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an essential part of Catholic faith. Promulgated in 1992, it was called a “gift from God” by Pope John Paul II, and considered “one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council” by Benedict XVI.
A catechism with universal
Writing this paper was decided in 1985. It was then overseen by a commission of twelve Cardinals and Bishops, chaired by Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Benedict XVI) and assisted by several specialists.
This catechism has a universal vocation, since it aims to be the reference document other catechisms written locally by the Bishops worldwide. John Paul II saw himself as a “safe standard”, a “valid and legitimate instrument”.
The Catechism has already been amended in the past
This does not mean that it can not be changed. Some changes have also been made in 1997 on the occasion of the promulgation of the Latin edition of the Catechism. A new paragraph on the death penalty (2267), the Church does not exclude very serious cases, for example, had appeared. The new version added to the original text that “absolutely necessary to remove the culprits are very rare, if not practically non-existent. ”
These changes were the result of a Interdicasterial commission appointed by John Paul II and presided over by Benedict XVI. It had been charged by the Pope to examine the Catechism change requests emanating worldwide. The changes proposed by the Committee were subsequently approved by John Paul II, as he himself explained in his apostolic letter Laetamur Magnopere. To edit the text, the intervention of bishops, cardinals and the pope himself is therefore necessary.
In the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, homosexuality has been little discussed, and mainly in terms of same-sex marriage legalization projects, condemnation of homophobia and guidance of their parents.