Catholic Church Moves Toward Gay-Affirmation As German Bishops Declare Homosexual as Normal
German bishops have said homosexuality is ‘normal’ as the country’s Catholic Church begins a controversial review of its teachings on sexual morality.
They agreed being gay is a ‘normal form’ of human sexual identity, the chairman of the Marriage and Family Commission announced after discussions in Berlin last week.
It comes ahead of a two-year ‘Synodal Process’ by the Germans which will see a national reform consultation despite warnings from the Vatican.
Berlin’s Archbishop Heiner Koch said in a statement seen by the Catholic News Agency: ‘The sexual preference of man expresses itself in puberty and assumes a hetero or homosexual orientation.
‘Both belong to the normal forms of sexual predisposition, which cannot or should be be changed with the help of a specific socialization’.
He said the move had been made possible by Pope Francis’s book on marriage and family called Amoris laetitia.