(ANSA) Rome, Oct
7 - A senior prelate insisted Tuesday that marriage cannot be dissolved
and that "starting a new union contradicts what the Lord has
indicated".Msgr George Gaenswein, Prefect of the pontifical
household and private secretary to former pope Benedict XVI, made the
remarks in an interview with Chi magazine, excerpts of which were
released in advance on the fringes of a synod of bishops on the family
that opened Monday in the Vatican.
"Gays must be received with respect but their acts are contrary to natural law," he continued.
"The Church must have the courage to express its convictions as
otherwise it would not be in the service of truth," he added.
Asked about the question of possibly allowing divorced people to take
communion, Gaenswein said "this is a very delicate question, at stake is
the sacramental matrimony that according to Catholic doctrine cannot be
dissolved, just like the love of God for man".
"As far as I can see Pope Francis is following the line of his predecessors whose teaching on matrimony is very clear".