St. Pope John Paul II
With the invitation (by whom?) of a Catholic couple to address the Synod of the Family, we hear that they gravely insulted the assembled Fathers and the Holy Father by calling for welcoming of homosexual partnerships". How is this possible? Who could have invited such people? However, God can draw good from evil: this scandal only underscores the utter failure of catechesis; the rejection by most of the world's bishops to preach an integral sexual ethics, as called for years ago by now St. Pope John Paul II, and reiterated by his venerable successor, Pope Benedict XVI.
In his last book (Memory and Identity), St. Pope John Paul wrote about the call for homosexual unions as an alternative type of family, as follows:
...[a] grave violation of God's law...
.... an ideology of evil...
It comes from, as the Holy Father pointed out, a warped concept of God as Creator, and the perversion of the human person as the arbiter of good and evil...it is a crisis of truth (as Pope Benedict on numerous occasions pointed out).
Truth is not at odds with compassion and mercy; to the contrary, there is no compassion and mercy without truth.