Cardinal Oswald Gracias champions LGBT cause at the Synod on the Family – Michael Prabhu

Cardinal Oswald Gracias champions LGBT cause at the Synod on the Family


THE EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD ON THE FAMILY was held October 5 to 19, 2014, on the theme “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation“.

THE ORDINARY SYNOD is in progress, October 4 to 25, 2015, on the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world“.


My comments/inclusions are in green.

I use blue colour for the “good guys”, red for the “bad guys”.

If the reader will look at the very first pages of any of my recent reports on the Synod on the Family, e.g.

16 OCTOBER 2015, he will find that I have already used red colour to highlight and identify the very same liberals and progressives who are apparently backed/inducted into the 2015 Synod by Pope Francis (as recorded in all conservative Catholic media reports) as in the same-sex New Ways Ministry (how dare they call themselves a “ministry” and “Catholic”!) blog — whose Executive Director is Francis DeBernardo — reproduced immediately below.


The “gay” agenda has been favoured at the Synod by several Cardinals and Archbishops.

Some background, chronologically:

1. How LGBT-Friendly Are the Appointees to the Synod on Marriage and Family?

By Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry,
September 11, 2014

The Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family is less than one month away. The Vatican released the names of the bishops who will be participating, as well as a list of the lay observers.

In terms of the bishops who will be participating, there is a mixed bag on their approach to LGBT issues. Here are some of the prominent names, with a little bit of their history on LGBT topics:

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Paris: When France was debating marriage equality, he warned that the passage of such a law might cause violent protests in the streets.

Cardinal, Oswald Gracias Bombay: When India was considering reinstating criminalization of homosexuality, he was the only religious leader to speak against such a measure. He also met in the spring with a Catholic lesbian woman who is an LGBT leader in Great Britain.  He also directed his priests to speak more sensitively about LGBT issues.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Vienna: When a partnered gay man was rejected from his parish council by the local pastor, the cardinal met with the layman and re-instated him. He has also spoke positively about civil unions and transgender ideas.

Archbishop Andre Joseph Leonard, Mechelen-Brussels: He spoke favorably of laws that would stabilize and normalize same-gender couples.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Westminster (London): He was one of the first prelates to speak positively about legalizing partnerships of same-gender couples.  He instituted an archdiocesan ministry to LGBT people.

Cardinal Philip Tartaglia, Glasgow: He spoke harshly against marriage equality, and he caused a controversy when he stated that the death of a gay Member of Parliament may have been caused by his sexuality.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Dublin: He has spoken in very strong terms about the need to be more open to the LGBT community.  He also stated that the Vatican’s teaching on sexuality is “disconnected from real life experiences of families — and not just be younger people.”

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Mechelen-Brussels (retired): Like his successor, Archbishop Andre Joseph Leonard, he has spoken favorably of laws that would stabilize and normalize same-gender couples.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and archbishop of Louisville: He did not support a Louisville nondiscrimination bill inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity in 2012.

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, New York:  A few years ago, as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he spoke out strongly many times against marriage equality and LGBT issues.  Of late, he has softened his tone and has even agreed to be grand marshall of the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade with an only LGBT group marching. He also publicly congratulated professional football player Michael Sam for coming out.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and archbishop Cape Coast, Ghana: He has spoken strongly against homosexuality and even for a while supported Uganda’s anti-gay law. His 2014 statement that “homosexuals are not criminals” has been interpreted both positively and negatively.

These are only a handful of the more than 250 appointees, and it is by no means an exhaustive list of people with any sort of record on LGBT issues. It only includes names of those for whom I had concrete supporting evidence with which to link. However, others on the list, such as Cardinal George Pell of Australia and now at the Vatican, have a long history of anti-LGBT measures. Similarly, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, Germany, are known to be very supportive of LGBT people and topics.

If you are aware of others on the list who have a record, positive or negative, on LGBT issues, please share your thoughts in the “Comments” section of this post.  Supporting links would be very helpful.

From my perspective, the most important feature from the list of lay observers is that no publicly LGBT person or couple is named. The Synod will be examining pastoral responses to families headed by same-gender couples.  Didn’t the Vatican think it would be good to hear from some of them? If the Vatican has invited heterosexual couples to participate, why did they not invite lesbian and gay couples, too?

Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, a columnist for The National Catholic Reporter, offers a critical view of the list in an essay entitled “The makeup of Synod of Bishops on the family is disappointing.” Reese is disappointed that so many Curia officials will be participating, and he notes that they should be “staff, not policymakers.”  He explained:

“They have all the other weeks of the year to advise the pope. This is the time for bishops from outside of Rome to make their views known.”

Reese observes that the choices of who will be advising the bishops also seems lopsided.

“Half the experts are clerics, which seems strange at a synod on the family. None of the 16 experts is from the United States; 10 are from Europe (including five from Italy), three from Asia, and one each from Mexico, Lebanon and Australia.

“There are more laypeople among the 38 auditors, including 14 married couples, of whom two are from the United States. Many of the observers are employees of the Catholic Church or heads of Catholic organizations, including natural family planning organizations.

“For example, one couple from the United States is Jeffrey Heinzen, director of natural family planning in the diocese of La Crosse, Wis., and Alice Heinzen, member of the Natural Family Planning Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

Bondings 2.0 will continue to update you on the Synod as the days of preparation progress, and we will try to provide LGBT-relevant information and analysis once the meeting begins.

New Ways Ministry must have been disappointed with
Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois
and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
who eventually fell in with the conservatives and their other hopefuls (in black, above)
who did not participate in the 2015 Synod.



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3 Responses to Cardinal Oswald Gracias champions LGBT cause at the Synod on the Family – Michael Prabhu

  1. John Menezes says:

    The Synod 2015, as reported in the press, seems to be a misguided study of the “effects” while overlooking the causes while relate to the revolution spawned by the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) when John XXIII (The Second) so to say opened the windows of the Church to the world, causing doctrinal disorder and moral chaos. On 24/11/1964 Paul VI signed the Dogmatic Council of the church which, through chapter one, section 8, paragraph 2, has been responsible for a series of revisions and innovations in doctrine and discipline with an impact far surpassing the Protestant Reformation, resulting in departure from the 2000 year old orthodoxy and orthopraxis of the Catholic Church and the consequent extinction of every sanctity and Catholic identity, and bequeathing to posterity the ruins of the most disastrous pontificate (of Paul VI) in the entire history of the Catholic Church.
    If the Synod was serious, it would have sent a commission to visit and investigate the lifestyle of Catholic families who are affiliated to traditional Catholic formations like the Society of St. Pius X and sede vacante Catholic centres in the United States, Mexico, France and other countries. They would have found well formed large Catholic families leading the same life-style as most practicing Catholic families did before Vatican II: with the traditional Latin Mass exuding the cult of God on Sundays and frequently on weekdays, adherence to the Catholic dress code of modesty with women covering their heads, morning and night prayers with daily Rosary and examination of conscience and long lines for Confession on Saturdays, Catholic schooling and, where absent, home schooling to safeguard Catholic children from the perils of a licentious sex education, yearly Ignatian retreats to face the challenges of the world, a Catholic approach to marriage and its indissolubility, and a high incidence of vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Among such communities, precisely because the windows of the world remain tightly shut, the problems of sodomy, bigamy and abortion unheard of . The contentious Synod has represented the saddest consequence of Vatican II.
    The Archdiocese of Mumbai, in its wisdom, has refrained from circulating a relic of Paul VI from parish to parish for “veneration” which relic was handed over by the Papal Nuncio at a function at Don Bosco’s, Matunga, on November 28, 2014, 50th. anniversary of the 38th. International Eucharistic Congress held in Mumbai.

  2. chacko says:


  3. Francis S Lobo says:

    Cardinal Francis Arinze contradicting Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

    Now who is heretic?

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