Sunday, May 9, 2010

A False Understanding of Compassion

SchoenbornCardinal Christoph Schoenborn, the general editor of the Catechism  of the Catholic Church, considered one of the papabili in 2005, and no doubt in position for consideration when Pope Benedict’s predecessor is elected, was quoted in an article written by the British Catholic weekly newspaper, The Tablet.  From that article:

Questioned on the Church’s attitude to homosexuals, the cardinal said: ‘We should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships,’ adding: ‘A stable relationship is certainly better than if someone chooses to be promiscuous.’

The cardinal also said the Church needed to reconsider its view of re-married divorcees ‘as many people don’t even marry at all any longer’.

The primary thing to consider should not be the sin, but people’s striving to live according to the commandments, he said. Instead of a morality based on duty, we should work towards a morality based on happiness, he continued.

Cardinal Schönborn said clergy had often primarily protected perpetrators of abuse instead of the victims. ‘It was said in the Church that we must be able to forgive, but that was a false understanding of compassion,’ the cardinal insisted.”

Considering the quality of the homosexual relationship, reconsidering the view of re-married divorcees, and working towards a morality based on happiness.  Love and compassion are so important, but they can never trump truth.  It seems that this “false understanding of compassion” is disturbingly widespread.

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