The Pope "Causing Grave Scandal to the Faithful"
The full episode of The World Over Live from last night where they discuss the crisis the Pope's remarks over civil unions have caused:
a clear consistency within the Scriptures themselves on the moral issue of homosexual behaviour. The Church's doctrine regarding this issue is thus based, not on isolated phrases for facile theological argument, but on the solid foundation of a constant Biblical testimony. The community of faith today, in unbroken continuity with the Jewish and Christian communities within which the ancient Scriptures were written, continues to be nourished by those same Scriptures and by the Spirit of Truth whose Word they are. It is likewise essential to recognize that the Scriptures are not properly understood when they are interpreted in a way which contradicts the Church's living Tradition. To be correct, the interpretation of Scripture must be in substantial accord with that Tradition.One of the main problems the Church has or has had is that there has been a tendency to separate homosexuality out from the Christian approach to sexuality and give it special treatment. This is largely because the Church is responding to the cultural shift towards the normalisation of homosexuality. This has the effect of making it look to society as if the Church is obsessed with homosexuality. The reality is that the world is obsessed with it and the Church, which acts as a bulwark of truth against the fallen morality of the world, proclaims God's truth against an agenda which says "anything goes" Let's just look at one example of this, St Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. I think it is perfect because it is a microcosm of exactly this situation.