The faithful are experiencing dramatic moments in the Diocese of Antwerp in Belgium. Bishop Johan Bonny, last Saturday, publicly spoke out against the teaching of the Church.
In an interview with the newspaper "De Morgen" he said that there was a need to seek formal recognition in the Catholic Church of homosexual unions, because - as he stated - Christian ethics protects stable and faithful relationships. Bishop Bonny concealed that, in accordance with the teachings of the Church and Scripture, such relationships by their very nature are immoral, which is clearly stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith statement of 2003. The latter requires Catholics to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions.
We were reminded on the concealed truth in his interview in a public statement by the Catholic Students Association of Antwerp. They have dissociated themselves from the views of the bishop, noting that he crossed the line of Catholic teaching and morals.
According to the students he has harmed the Church's opinion. The impression he gives is that there is no place for gays. However, the Catholic Students Association of Antwerp recalled that the Catholic Church is open to everyone irrespective of one's sexual orientation.