CaptialFM reports that roughly half a million Catholics have signed a petition asking Pope Francis to pronounce same-sex marriage “unnatural” and disallowing divorcees to take communion.
The Filial Appeal on the Future website claims that so far, over 462,700 have filled out the petition. The organization feels that the first synod last year spurred “widespread confusion arising from the possibility that a breach has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery — by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion — and would virtually accept even homosexual unions when such practices are categorically condemned as being contrary to divine and natural law.”
Francis has said he wants the church to start being more inclusive and understanding to believers living “irregular” lifestyles. Last year, he raised the ire of traditionalists when describing his attitude towards gay Catholics as “Who am I to judge?”
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He caused consternation amongst traditionalists last year when, asked about his attitude to gay Catholics, he responded: “Who am I to judge?”
Retired archbishop Oscar Cruz supports the petition. “We’re suffering from what the Pope described as ideological colonization. Little by little, our customs and traditions are being penetrated by First World countries.”