“First of all, the context and the occasion of such declarations make them devoid of any magisterial weight. They are rightly interpreted as simple private opinions of the person who made them.”
(Michael W. Chapman – CNS News) Citing Holy Scripture and the centuries-old teaching of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American, said no Catholic is bound to support the recent statements by Pope Francis in support of gay civil unions and gay families.
Catholics are instead obligated to oppose such abominations, said Burke, because they are contrary to Church teaching and they are the private opinions of Francis as a man, not as the Supreme Pontiff.
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