Pope Francis appointed Brazil’s Leonardo Ulrich Steiner as a cardinal in the Catholic Church last week, and there is already a growing controversy about his theological commitment to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Steiner has insisted that homosexual acts are only sinful for Christians and therefore gay unions should be approved by the Church.
The new cardinal is basing his belief on the idea that the Church should not impose “confessional morals” on non-Christians. He told LifeSiteNews that the Church should not try to make society follow its beliefs.
“How do we say if it is a sin if they do not live the Christian faith?” Steiner asked when focusing on non-Christian gay couples.
“This is not about a fundamentally moral question,” Steiner said. “This is about a life. This is a question about a son of God.”
But this is not only contrary to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is against Christian teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts that goes back 2000 years. The logic for all that time has rested on natural law, the Church has believed that such acts are objectively immoral for anyone no matter what their religious affiliation.
The cardinal has been challenged on his acceptance of the Church’s teaching by being asked if he accepted the sinfulness of homosexual acts. He responded by saying that Christians cannot declare homosexual acts a sin for those who do not have faith.
But that very truth leads to the major problem with this line of logic. Isn’t the mission of God, through His Church, to win the non-believer to faith in Christ so that they become a Christian?
What will the cardinal do then? Will he advocate for divorce now that they are Christians?
The cardinal has a problem with his theology.
Take a look at this recent statement from the Vatican:
The Vatican stated Monday that the Church has no power to bless homosexual unions, noting that God Himself “does not and cannot bless sin.” https://t.co/Bo28Bn2Q9S
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