Vatican Website Posts Photo of Lesbians Kissing

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 7, 2015   

Accompanying article claims sexual morality is "in motion"

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VATICAN CITY, July 7, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Vatican Radio website — an official site of the Holy See — has posted an image of lesbians kissing, accompanied by an article quoting a liberal theologian titled "Church Sexual Morality Is in Motion."

The photo (partially redacted here) is posted on the German portion of the website, and the article quotes Martin Lintner, president of the European Society for Catholic Theology, who claims that sexuality will be "increasingly perceived in its personal and holistic dimension."

There has been a move away from a traditional understanding of the sexual act as procreative towards a more personalistic view, Lintner continues, and it's this mediation between the two different views of sex that is "difficult" with regard to homosexual acts. He claims the Synod on the Family has evidenced a "rethinking" of the Church's approach toward homosexuals.

ChurchMilitant.com contacted Vatican Radio Friday asking it to remove the offensive image, and Vatican journalist Edward Pentin tweeted about the photo. The image was taken down the next day, only to be back up on the site Monday.

To voice your complaint to Vatican Radio, please write: deutsch@vatiradio.va

UPDATE: Immediately after this article was published, the Vatican Radio website removed the offending image. You can view the cached version here.

 

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Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Christine Niles is executive producer and editor-in-chief at ChurchMilitant.com.

Follow Christine on Twitter: @ChristineNiles1