A prince of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, has said that the church is wrong in its position that homosexuality is a sin.
The Cardinal who is also a strategic Jesuit ally of the pope, made this assertion in a recent interview with KDA, a German Catholic news agency.
According to him, the church’s stance on homosexuality is no longer correct and the doctrines need to be revised to accommodate the LGBTQ community.
“The Church’s positions on homosexual relationships as sinful are wrong.
“I believe that the sociological and scientific foundation of this doctrine is no longer correct. It is time for a fundamental revision of Church teaching, and the way in which Pope Francis has spoken of homosexuality could lead to a change in doctrine.
“In our archdiocese, in Luxembourg, no one is fired for being homosexual, or divorced and remarried. I can’t toss them out – they would become unemployed, and how can such a thing be Christian? As for homosexual priests, there are many of these, and it would be good if they could talk about this with their bishop without his condemning them.”
The Cardinal’s statement has gotten a lot of attention from people, considering his position in the church.
An outspoken conservative, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, reacting to his statement in a tweet posted on Twitter, said, “This Cardinal seems to be claiming a private revelation which is contrary to scripture & the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Any private revelation that contradicts public revelation must be condemned.”