The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is that part of the Vatican curia which promotes and safeguards the doctrine of faith and morals in the whole Church. This Congregation is currently headed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in June of 2003 published a letter entitled "Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons."

   This document is absolutely explosive! Yet the secular media ignored it. Let's review some of the salient points of this letter, then you may draw your own conclusions as to why this blockbuster was buried by the secular media.

   Point 1: "It (marriage) was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman". No crackpot theory can change the fact that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman.

   Point 2: "There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law." The union between husband and wife is holy. Homosexual acts are intrinsically depraved.

   Point 3: All Catholics are exhorted to action including: "...reminding the government of the need to contain the phenomenon (of homosexual unions) within certain limits so as to safeguard public morality and, above all, to avoid... the spread of the phenomenon." Government has an obligation to safeguard public morality by containing the spread of homosexual unions!

   Point 4: "Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil." "The denial of the social and legal status of marriage to forms of cohabitation that are not and cannot be marital is not opposed to justice; on the contrary, justice requires it." Don't pervert the Church's teaching on unjust discrimination into a smoke screen to advance a corrupt ideology.

   Point 5: "...the State could not grant legal standing to such (homosexual) unions without failing in its duty to promote and defend marriage as an institution essential to the common good." Laws giving legal recognition to homosexual unions are "gravely unjust". Government has a duty to promote and defend marriage between a man and woman. Laws giving recognition to homosexual unions are sinful.

   Point 6: "In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws... In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection." All Catholics have an obligation to refuse to obey laws giving sanction to homosexual unions.

   Point 7: "If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way,..." "To vote in favor of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral." It is a mortal sin to vote in favor of a law granting legal status to homosexual unions.

   Point 8: "Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development. This is gravely immoral..." Allowing homosexual couples to adopt children is child abuse. It is a mortal sin.

   Point 9: "Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity." That says it all.

   Point 10: "The Sovereign Pontiff John Paul II, in the Audience of March 28, 2003, approved the present Considerations, adopted in the Ordinary Session of this Congregation, and ordered their publication." The Pope personally approved this letter and ordered its publication.

   This is not a difficult letter to understand. It does not have any new doctrine. You are encouraged to obtain a copy and read it for yourself. You can click on the link below to read it on the Vatican's web site.




Published by The Minnesota St. Thomas More Chapter of Catholics United for the Faith, November 2003.