Catholic Church doesn't call for stoning of the adulterers or gays. But they never said it's not a sin. And that's what the Pope said.
They may not have said it's not a sin but actions (& implications) often speak louder than words. A cliche to state but true nevertheless.
e.g - the two Sunday school teachers who told their pupils Diana Spencer was burning in hell after she'd died (because of her admitted adultery.) Numerous (UK) church leaders came forward to unfairly criticise the teachers who weren't deviating remotely from church teaching & the bible's stance. I mean it's safe to state god's commandmant regarding adultery was an instruction? Punishment being death.
Cardinal Basil Hume's pathetic excuses on behalf of Diana amounted to s*it. He should have done the right thing & followed the company line - the teachers are correct. Afterall the catholic church teaches adultery is a mortal sin. In layman's terms - 'you're going down.' The RCC does not state anywhere in it's teachings, good deeds in a person's lifetime, softens the severity of committing adultery in god's 'eyes.' If I'm wrong here, I'd really like to see the church's changed stance.
Catechism of the catholic church - fornication is on par with breaking the 6th commandment - adultery.
were the Monaco crowd are concerned. Stephanie - two kids, then got married. Vatican condemnations - none. Not at all surprising - she's royal. Caroline married in 1978, divorced in 1980, remarried a different fella in 1983, committing adultery in the eyes of god & the biblical Jesus. Any condemnation from the church here? No. The RCC finaly gave her an annulment for her 1st marriage in 1992, so she was guilty of committing adultery between (certainly) 1983-1992 by vatican rules. Still not a peep out of Rome. Caroline's annulment was approved by the RCC on the grounds the couple had produced no children. Nothing wrong there, according to the vatican only. Jesus didn't approve of this in any biblical book. Jesus' view - divorce's only allowed were adultery has taken place. For a church whose mission is spreading the gospel of Christ, they sure ignore it often enough.
Both examples of the RCC treating a mortal sin, on par with homosexuality as less than it's parts, for a chosen few.
Church hypocrisy for all to see - ignorance/excuses for the rich/'important' folk, excuses which don't extend to the rest of us.
Everything has been said in this sentence.
Not really, it's a bit simplistic. Equality is something to strive towards & is often long overdue. I imagine no-one would argue a country refusing it's gay citizens the right to marry is more unjust than Saudi Arabia & it's 'treatment' of it's gay citizens. It's obvious there are greater inequalities in the world, whether racial, gender, educational... A tiny number of people hold a large percentage of the world's assets, it's sick but it's also been the case for many years & will continue to be. Good luck to the people who hope to change the status quo.