Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has said Pope Francis’ recent declaration allowing the blessing of same-sex couples under certain conditions “creates confusion” and has suggested that its author, Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, should resign or be dismissed.

In a statement published Jan. 23 on his blog, Cardinal Zen said the declaration Fiducia Supplicans contains numerous passages in need of clarification and “leaves many questions unanswered,” according to an unofficial translation.

The 92-year-old Hong Kong cardinal emeritus highlighted in particular how the declaration appeared to him to condone sexual behavior in same-sex relationships by implying such a relationship has an “intrinsic goodness,” and can “mature” and “grow.”

Noting how the declaration appears to be similar to Pope Francis’ response to one of five dubia that the cardinal and four other cardinals sent last summer, in which they sought clarification on same-sex blessings, Cardinal Zen said Fiducia Supplicans (“Supplicating Trust”) makes the claim that “same-sex sexual love is ‘similar’ to marital love!”

“This is an absolute subjective error,” he said. “According to objective truth, that behavior is a grave sin and can never be good.”

The cardinal asked that if Cardinal Fernández, as prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, “is committing a heresy by claiming a serious sin as ‘good,’ then shouldn’t the prefect resign or be dismissed?…”

From Edward Pentin in the National Catholic Register