Vatican document: “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home,” said the document, known by its Latin name “relatio”. After a two-week meeting of bishops on family issues, Catholic bishops have made a major shift with unprecedented openness to accepting cohabitation of people who are gay or unmarried couples. It is no longer a secret that there are many reports of Catholic priests who are gays and pedophiles. Is this change a result of high level pressure from the Vatican to allow promiscuity to be let loose without restraint in the Vatican?
In a similar development in Singapore in 2007, the once taboo topic of gays was suddenly brought into public light by members of parliament from the ruling People’s Action Party, Baey Yam Keng, and a Nominated Member of Parliament, Siew Kum Hong. They were part of the five-member panel convened to debate the issue. Other members of the panel were Alex Au (gay blogger and co-founder of PLU), Rev. Yap Kim Hao (Free Community Church), and Dr Stuart Koe (CEO & Founder of Fridae.com). The members are largely gay lobbyists. The aim was to repeal Section 377A (“Outrages on decency”) states that:
Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.
That this topic was even brought to cabinet was itself a historical event. The social media was then speculating that there could be high level pressure from within the ruling elite to bring this to the fore because of practicing gays in those circles. The ultimate intent was to legitimise gays eventually. Fortunately, the issue was so divisive that forced the government to back down. What is interesting in this episode is that the Minister of Law, Shanmugam, when asked how he would address their concerns, especially S377A, told The Straits Times that the Government has stated its position, which is that it will keep the law but not pro-actively enforce it. For the Law Minister to publicly proclaim that the government will not pro-actively enforce the law is beyond comprehension. What is the purpose of a law if it is not to be enforced? That remark added suspicion that there are practicing gays at high levels in the government, hence the stance maintained by the government.
The Vatican’s document on gays and illicit relationships outside marriage shares similar traits as what transpired in the Singapore government’s position on gays. Why did the Vatican finally moved away from a biblical position to accept the world’s standards. The Vatican is the supposed to be the purveyor of truth as espoused in the Bible. Yet, the Vatican knowingly violates what it is supposed to uphold. What an irony. Only those who are privy to the Vatican document knows what really is the intent of releasing this controversial document.
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.