"Francis Effect" Update
Who Is He To Judge?
Swiss Bishop Prosecuted for Condemning Sodomy
by Christopher A. Ferrara
August 20, 2015
Bishop Vitus Huonder of the Diocese of Chur in Switzerland has been named in a criminal complaint under Article 259 of the Swiss Penal Code entitled “Public incitement to commit a felony or act of violence.”
His offense? Citing, during a sermon, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, which condemn the grave evil of sodomy and recount God’s direction to Moses as to its penalty under the Old Covenant:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination.
If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination, let them be put to death: their blood be upon them.
The complainant in the case, the militant homosexual group “Pink Cross”, seriously contends that Bishop Hounder, merely by quoting what the Lord had said to Moses about how sodomy should be punished among the people of Israel, is calling for the murder of homosexuals today. The claim is nonsense of course, and may well be dismissed by the court. But who knows?
The Church, basing herself on Sacred Scripture, has always taught that sodomy is an intrinsic evil, indeed one of the four sins (murder, sodomy, oppressing the poor, defrauding a worker of his wages) that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. That’s divine vengeance, of course, not human vengeance. Nor is sodomy limited strictly to homosexual acts. As the Douay Catholic Catechism teaches, sodomy is “The sin of Sodom, or carnal sin against nature, which is a voluntary shedding of the seed of nature, out of the due use of marriage, or lust with a different sex.”
Yet, for his part, the bishop felt compelled to apologize: “I want to clarify that I would in no way wish to diminish homosexual people.” Really? Why not? People who engage in sodomy have diminished themselves, as the divine and natural law make clear. Would the bishop say: “I want to clarify that I would in no way wish to diminish adulterers”?
There is no such thing as a class of persons called “adulterous people” who must not be “diminished.” Nor is there a class of “homosexual people” entitled to such special solicitude. People are people, and they are not defined as classes according to their sins or disorders, including homosexuality, which, as the current Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, is “objectively disordered…”
I have little doubt that if this case proceeds to trial, somewhere in the proceedings there will be a reference to Francis’ infamous “Who am I to judge?” regarding “someone [who] is gay” among the Catholic clergy — including the notorious homosexual he placed in charge of his personal residence, Msgr. Ricca, despite overwhelming evidence of Ricca’s involvement with other men.
I believe the Bishop of Chur can attribute his plight in part to the “Francis effect,” which has unleashed militant homosexualism within the Church while morally disarming Catholic prelates in civil society, who almost without exception are no longer willing to call sodomy a sin. And those few who do speak the truth, like Bishop Huonder, are placed in fear of their very freedom.
Citing the public scandal of Cardinal Dolan applauding the “coming out” of “gay” football player Michael Sam — “Bravo!... I would have no sense of judgment on him… God bless ya!”1 — Fr. Linus Clovis linked the scandal directly to the current pontificate’s deleterious effects on the Church:
When a bishop — a Catholic bishop — can applaud sin publicly, it causes us to tremble. But this is essentially the ‘Francis Effect.’ It’s disarming bishops and priests, especially after the Holy Father said, ‘Who am I to judge?’ If I as a priest say Mass, preaching, and I make a judgment about a sin, one breaking the Ten Commandments, I would be condemned for judging. I would be accused of being “more Catholic than the pope.” There used to be a saying — rhetorical — “Is the pope Catholic?’” That’s no longer funny.
No longer funny indeed. We have reached what must be the terminal stage of that state of affairs predicted in the Third Secret of Fatima.