With Pope Francis now apparently calling for the civil recognition of same-sex “unions” and declaring a right for sodomitical couples to have children of their own, it’s worth asking:
Will such insanities be added to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)?
It seems very likely.
When Pope Francis changed the CCC’s teaching on the death penalty back in 2018 (remember?), the process went something like this:
- Teach the error via some minor apparatus (in this case, a papal address)
- Update the CCC to include the error (citing #1 as a theological source)
- Give no acknowledgment to brother clerics and theologians who question
- Declare the updated edition of CCC to be “authoritative,” “normative,” etc.
The clearest demonstration of this pattern came with the Vatican’s recent Directory for Catechesis (DC), which we unpacked in detail here. In n. 380, the DC reaffirms the CCC’s false teaching on the death penalty, and then gives the following citation:
Cf. also CCC 2267 (new edition August 1, 2018)
Catch that? The tiny footnote tells all.
As already occurred with its first printing (as illustrated before), the CCC is now clearly a major delivery system for doctrinal error and perpetual novelty. Because this catechism has never been an infallible text in se, it will continue to be updated in this fashion, at the discretion of whoever wears the white.
Imagine: in an absurd impersonation of Protestantism, Catholics will now need to own the current edition of the CCC, just to ensure that the teaching of Jesus Christ hasn’t suddenly changed under their feet.
“Oh, you have the 1997 edition? Sorry, the 2018 edition is what we believe now.”
And because WOR is occasionally in the business of prediction, we’ll make another: expect at least one more change to the CCC by 2021. It now seems likely this will be an “update” to its section on homosexuality, with language about institutional access or inclusion. Nothing precise or binding of course, just kind of… there.
Let’s hazard our own rewrite of the current CCC text, shall we?
“The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination,
which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most some of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided, particularly in those nations that fail to recognize their right to form families of their own. While not yet embodying the ideal of marriage in the Lord, such unions “require a constructive response seeking to transform them into opportunities that can lead to the full reality of marriage and family in conformity with the Gospel.” (Amoris Laetitia 294) These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.” (n. 2358)
And why not? Francis has already stated that the CCC is “not a static expression of doctrine, but a dynamic instrument” (DC 192), and that he intends to update the CCC in regards to ecological sin and the morality of nuclear weapons – with a newfound “moral duty to vaccinate” probably just around the corner.
Why hang it up, if you’re on a roll?
ATTENTION CLERGY: If you are a shepherd of souls, and will not act publicly to denounce this error and address this scandal – a scandal now being broadcast around the world as a “watershed moment for the Catholic Church” – then you are in neglect of your pastoral duty and may be complicit in serious sin. How can you stand silent as your own father courts damnation and the loss of countless souls? Do you have so little love for those wandering outside the fold, or even those bewildered within it, to leave them thus imperiled?
…and Bravo the Restoration!