Bratislava (kath.net/KAP) The Catholic bishops of Slovakia have confirmed their negative attitude to the legal recognition of homosexual partnerships in their Advent Letter and have come under media criticism. In the daily newspaper "Dennik N" (weekend edition), for example, the Protestant theologian Ondrej Prostrednik turned against an episcopal "rhetoric of conflict and battle that does not strengthen Europe, but weakens it and makes it vulnerable to the most diverse forms of extremism."Prostrednik, who teaches at Comenius University, had criticized in August the negative attitude of his church (Lutheran Church of Slovakia / EKAB) in the partnership question, after which the church leadership had deprived him of permission to teach at the Faculty of Theology.
The Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops was published on the 3rd of December. Both the choice of themes and the tone were critically examined. The pastoral letter can be understood both as a summary of the previous positions of the Church and the Church policy guidelines for the next few years, thus the tenor of the comments.
Based on the responsibility of the faithful, as outlined by the Second Vatican Council, the bishops refer to the "effort for the harmony between our lives with the grace of membership in the Catholic Church of Christ, from the beginning, as a 'Catholic Identity'". The Church is aware of its "human weaknesses" but is "deeply convinced that it is precisely the community founded by Christ Himself that is most visible". For Catholics, Mass on Sunday and the required holy days and the reception of the sacraments are a matter of course.
Today, however, the Church must "fight for values that seemed natural for centuries". The country is already "heavily marked by the millstone of the abortion law". The Catholic identity also contradicts "liberalism, which relativizes the fundamental human and natural values".
Incompatible with the Catholic identity, however, is also "a form of patriotism that raises the people beyond any other values," as well as racism and anti-Semitism. (There are some one must not offend at all costs.) From all this we can see that "in no election are we allowed to support candidates whose attitudes on fundamental issues contradict our beliefs," it said.
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