“Pro-homosexual dissident ‘Catholic’ groups see in Pope Francis’ ‘changing’ of the Church’s teaching on the death penalty the hope that the Church will one day also change its teaching against homosexuality.
New Ways Ministry called the change in the Catechism proof that ‘Church teaching can change.’
‘It’s important for Catholic advocates for LGBT equality to take note of this change because for decades Catholic opponents of LGBT equality argued that it is impossible to change church teaching. They often pointed to the fact that condemnations of same-sex relationships were inscribed in the Catechism, and so were not open for discussion or change. Yet, the teaching on the death penalty is in the Catechism, too, and, in fact, to make this change in teaching, it was the text of the Catechism that Francis changed,’ the group stated on its website.
New Ways Ministry, which works to ‘promote the acceptance of LGBT people,’ said that Pope Francis’ move will help advance ‘LGBT equality’ in a number of ways.
‘First, we now have a clear, explicit contemporary example of church teaching changing, and also a look into how it can be done: with a papal change to the Catechism,’ it stated.”