Malta archbishop defends gay civil unions as a ‘service to the dignity of these people’

Malta archbishop defends gay civil unions as a ‘service to the dignity of these people’

Pete Baklinski

MALTA, June 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — It comes as no surprise that Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna has unofficially lent his support to a homosexual group within his diocese that recently draped a rainbow flag over a Catholic altar as part of a prayer service to end “homophobia.”

Under Scicluna’s watch, Drachma LGBTI — a group which campaigns for the Catholic Church to accept homosexual “marriage,” sodomy, and adoption of children by same-sex couples — has been given a free pass to meet in Maltese Catholic parishes, retreat centers, and in the Catholic chapel of the country’s only university.

READ: Sacrilegious: Pro-gay group in Malta archdiocese uses rainbow flag as altar cloth

Scicluna has not only presided at a Eucharistic celebration put on by the group aimed at ending “homophobia,” but he has used the occasion of the group presenting him with a newly published pro-homosexual book titled “Our Children” as a photo-op which was published on the archdiocese’ website.

And why is it no surprise that Scicluna backs Drachma LGBTI? Because Scicluna himself openly dissents from Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

The Catholic Church teaches that God created humans as male and female, giving them sexual organs that fit together and making them sexually attracted to one another for the sake of procreation (increase and multiply). Same-sex attraction is called “objectively disordered” in the Catechism because it is contrary to God’s design for sexuality. Homosexual acts are likewise called “acts of grave depravity” and “intrinsically disordered” because they are “contrary to the natural law” in that they “close the sexual act to the gift of life.”

The Church furthermore teaches that homosexual practices are “sins gravely contrary to chastity.” Those who with full knowledge willingly commit such sins risk separating themselves from God for all eternity (hell).

Because homosexual acts can destroy a person’s relationship with God, the Church teaches that same-sex civil unions can never be approved since it would mean to condone homosexual behaviors.

In a 1986 letter to bishops about how to care for persons with same-sex attraction the Church stated that “special concern and pastoral attention should be directed toward those who have this condition, lest they be led to believe that the living out of this orientation in homosexual activity is a morally acceptable option. It is not.”

Moreover, in a 2003 document about whether same-sex civil unions were supportable, the Church clarified that “respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.”

Despite these clear teachings, Archbishop Scicluna told Malta Indep last year that homosexual civil unions are a “service to the dignity of these people.”

“I think that we should support legislation that gives same-sex partners their dignity and their social protection,” he said in the March 19, 2016, video interview that was posted to YouTube.

And there you have it. Open dissent from Church teaching by a Catholic leader. Scicluna’s false teaching could result in the eternal doom of countless souls who follow his mistaken advice.

Maybe it’s because of this dissent that Scicluna, along with Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, recently attacked a group of Maltese faithful Catholics after it published a full-page ad in a widely read paper defending real marriage against “unnatural” homosexual “marriage” in the lead-up to the June 3 election. The bishops called the ad “propaganda,” stating that they “categorically” had nothing to do with the group.

What would truly be a “service” to people who struggle with same-sex attraction would be for Catholic leadership to warn them that immoral sexual activity of every kind has eternal consequences. It’s not the “social protection” of homosexuals that bishops should be most concerned about, but rather their “spiritual protection” from the devil who seeks to snare them in his traps so that they would become eternally separated from the society of God and his angels.

A true service to sexual sinners would be to tell them what Our Lady of Fatima told the three children in 1917, namely that more souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than for any other reason.

And now that Scicluna has allowed the camel’s nose into the tent by condoning same-sex civil unions, how on earth will he refuse the rest of the camel as his country prepares to introduce within weeks homosexual “marriage” legislation? He can’t without the homosexual lobby rightfully accusing him of discrimination. Because if, according to the Archbishop, there’s nothing inherently wrong with homosexual behavior, why not ratify such behavior in “marriage”?

That’s why the Catholic Church is right to draw a line in the sand on homosexual behaviors. And it’s a grave scandal and a blow to the Church in Malta that Scicluna has decided to cross this line. When the Son of Man returns will he find any faith in Malta? Maybe not if dissident Catholic leaders have their way.

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One comment on “Malta archbishop defends gay civil unions as a ‘service to the dignity of these people’

  1. [Too late, Your Excellency, because “civil unions” is an idea whose time is going away in Malta to be replaced by the “real thing” of sodomarriage]

    Malta’s Prime Minister pledges to legalize gay ‘marriage’ within weeks

    Pete Baklinski

    MALTA, June 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Re-elected Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has pledged to introduce a gay “marriage” law in the predominantly Catholic country within weeks, once Parliament resumes.

    “The first law that we are going to put on the agenda — and I hope that it is approved as quickly as possible — is that of the equality of ‘marriage,’ the Marriage Equality Bill. We will make sure that it will be the first law to be placed on the agenda of the parliament, and that it is concluded,” he said after the June 5th swearing-in ceremony.

    Muscat’s Labour Party won 55 percent of the vote in the June 3 election.

    Three years ago the Parliament of Malta legalized same-sex civil unions with similar rights and responsibilities to real marriage. The bill allowed same-sex civil partners to adopt children, despite strong public opposition to the measure.

    At the time of the bill’s passage, Prime Minister Muscat stated that “Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people.”

    Bishop Charles Scicluna, then auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Malta, originally opposed the bill, saying that “to vote in favour of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral.”

    But Scicluna has since backpedaled his opposition to civil unions, telling Malta Indep last year that homosexual civil unions are a “service to the dignity of these people.”

    “I think that we should support legislation that gives same-sex partners their dignity and their social protection,” he said in the March 19, 2016, interview.

    It is unclear where the Malta bishops will stand in relation to Muscat’s promise of a homosexual “marriage” law.

    A Catholic source in Malta told LifeSiteNews that the country’s Church authorities have been largely silent “against these gravely immoral laws.”

    But Church authorities have not been silent when it comes to distancing themselves from faithful Catholics who defend real marriage in the public square.

    Last month, Scicluna, along with Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, attacked a group of faithful Catholics in Malta after it published a full-page ad in a widely read paper defending real marriage against “unnatural” homosexual “marriage” in the lead-up to the election.

    The ad, published in the May 21 edition of MaltaToday by “Maltese Catholics United for the Faith,” stated that the sanctity of marriage must be respected.

    “We respect everyone, be they teachers, nuns, gays, immigrants, or self-employed…Respect is at the heart of it all. But the sanctity of marriage, between husband and wife, doesn’t grant a right to everyone to marry anyone,” the ad stated.

    The ad criticized the country’s two political parties vying for leadership for “incrementally beef[ing] up their standing at the ballot box by promising or enacting gay marriage laws for the 1%.”

    “Same-sex marriage is unnatural. It runs against natural law as designed by God and handed down to us through every generation in our Maltese history,” stated the ad.

    The bishops criticized the ad as “propaganda,” stating that they had “nothing to do” with the group.

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