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PONSONBY, New Zealand (ChurchMilitant.com) - A New Zealand cardinal is saying the Church is at a crucial moment where it needs to listen to "young people" and accept homosexuality.
Bishop Stephen Lowe, the head of the diocese of Hamilton, is hinting that he believes the Catholic Church may have to change its teaching on human sexuality, comparing it to the alleged persecution of 17th-century scientist Galileo.
Lowe was present at the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival on December 2–3 and, along with other homosexualists Cdl. John Dew and Bp. Patrick Dunn, spoke to young New Zealanders and answered some questions.
He compared the 17th-century drama questioning the sun as the center of the solar system to the acceptance of sodomy and gender ideology, claiming that young people are demanding it, adding, "young people are prophets of the Church," and that they "want the Church to be more engaging" with homosexuals and so-called transgenders.
Lowe further claimed, "The psychology is still up for debate but the Church has got to engage with the science and engage with the experience of couples with same-sex attraction."
The Catholic bishops of New Zealand have been supportive of homosexuality and gender ideology, with Dunn speaking out in favor of homosexuality in September 2017.
Dunn commented that " devout Catholics may say that our first responsibility is to tell people to stop sinning," adding, "But that was generally not the approach taken by Jesus. He was more often the butt of criticism for dining with sinners and clearly enjoying their company." He continued, "For Jesus, it was most often friendship first and conversion second. We all listen most intently to those we love and those whose company we enjoy."
He also added, "If the institutional Church is going to be sensitive in its use of language, we may need to move away from the phrase 'objectively disordered,' which the catechism itself uses to describe the homosexual inclination. Saying that one of the deepest parts of a person is 'disordered' seems needlessly cruel."
Dunn has supported Jesuit homosexualist, Fr. James Martin, in the publication of his book, Building a Bridge.