Cardinal Hollerich wants change to doctrine on homosexuality

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Image: Guy Wolff / Église catholique à Luxembourg -, CC BY 3.0,

Catholic Cardinal Hollerich of Luxembourg called this week for a ‘fundamental revision’ of church teaching on homosexuality. Jean-Claude Hollerich also condemned the idea of firing gay church workers.

The cardinal made the statements in an interview with the German Catholic news agency KNA. He said he did not consider homosexual relationships sinful.

“I believe that the sociological-scientific foundation of this teaching is no longer correct.

“I think it’s time we make a fundamental revision of the doctrine.”

Asked about 125 German Catholic priests and officials who recently came out as LGBT+, Cardinal Hollerich said church employees should not lose their jobs because of their sexuality.

“They know they have a home in the church. With us [the Catholic Church in Luxembourg] no one is dismissed because they are homosexual.”

How can such a thing be Christian?

This week the Australian Liberal and Labor parties took a further step towards federal legislation allowing the dismissal of employees because of their sexuality. But the Catholic Cardinal dismisses such an idea as unChristian.

He said it was important for the church to remain human. He said that he knows homosexual priests and laypeople in the Luxembourg archdiocese.

“And they know that they have a home in the church. With us, no one is dismissed because they are homosexual. With us, no one has ever been dismissed because of that.”

The cardinal said in Luxembourg, divorced and remarried people also remain active in the Catholic church.

“I can’t kick them out. They would become unemployed. How can such a thing be Christian?”

Could Cardinal Hollerich possibly pop over to Australia for a couple of masses?

Sounds like Scotty and Albo need a bit of religious instruction.

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