“German Cardinal Endorses Homosexual Heresy” states the headline of a Sunday story in the Daily Caller.
It is a wonderful headline crafted to drive readers to the religion section of the online political news portal. But is it true?
Written by the Daily Caller’s religion reporter, the article appears to deliver on the claims made in headline. The lede states:
A German Catholic cardinal publicly approved heresy Saturday, declaring that priests are permitted to bless homosexual unions despite official church doctrine to the contrary.
Working from Catholic media reports, the article cites Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s words, translated into English, and then places them against the formal teaching of the church to substantiate the charge of heresy.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that “there can be no rules” concerning the question of whether a priest can bless a homosexual relationship in the name of God and such a decision should be made on a case by case basis and left up to priests, according to Crux Now. Despite Marx’s assertion that there can be no rules, his approval directly contradicts the Catholic Catechism’s teaching on homosexuality and marriage.
The article offers further quotes from the interview, sourced through the English-language newsite Crux Now, to hammer home the claim of false teaching, and then notes recent statements by two other prominent German Catholic clergy. The article then moves in for the kill with this quote.
When asked to clarify whether he was in fact approving the idea of blessing homosexual couples, Marx simply replied “yes.”