In a September interview with a local program, Jasseron explained that he teaches catechism for Catholics. In the video below in which he answers a question that is often asked of him as to whether “being homosexual or practicing homosexuality is a sin” he says, “I’m going to tell you frankly and honestly, friends, that obviously not. It’s not strictly labeled in any place in the Bible, in the Catechism of the Church, in other words, in the whole of Tradition.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 2357 teaches that homosexual attraction is not a sin but that “basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
Fraternal correction by two brother priests
Father Francisco Javier “Patxi” Bronchalo, a priest from the Spanish diocese of Getafe, shared with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister news agency, his feelings of sadness over the first video with parodies of the Mass.
“It saddens me to see these kinds of videos, since priests are not there to take advantage of the Church or for disrespectful behavior like this at the altar, looking for people to follow us or pay more attention to us,” he said.
“This type of behavior seems grievous to me,” the Spanish priest stressed.
“We are the spouses of the Church and we are here to love her, defend her, help her, and accompany her, not to use her but to serve her,” he concluded.
Father Juan Manuel Góngora, a Spanish priest who has more than 56,000 followers on Twitter, told EWTN News that “it’s clear that showing that image in a sacred place and with that attitude is the complete opposite of what the Church asks of us ordained ministers. It’s totally noxious.”
“Giving or offering what the world offers never leads anywhere and causes scandal among the faithful,” the priest added.
Góngora encouraged the priests and religious who have a digital apostolate to always be aware of “the responsibility towards the audience on social media, bearing witness to our being Catholic and being truthful with the truth of the Gospel,” recalling that “we represent our mother the Church.”
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Statement from the archdiocese
In August 2021, the Archdiocese of Sens and Auxerre, led by Archbishop Hervé Giraud, issued a statement on Jasseron’s videos. The archdiocese first referred to Pope Benedict XVI’s message to the 44th World Communications Day on using the internet to spread the Gospel.
The archdiocese then pointed out that the Jasseron expresses himself on TikTok “in a personal capacity, without having received a particular mission.”
However, “the audience that he has been able to find giving a particular impact to his contributions must benefit from a broader participation of skills to be able to engage the Church.”
The archdiocese went on to give the example of the National Youth and Vocations Service, “which recently brought together a few priests developing a pastoral presence on the internet and seeking the best fit. A process will therefore be put in place to continue this pastoral work in such a way” that, according to Pope Benedict’s message, “makes God concretely present in today’s world and presenting the religious wisdom of the past as a treasure which can inspire our efforts to live in the present with dignity while building a better future.”
ACI Prensa attempted to contact Archbishop Giraud on Nov. 7 and 9 for his opinion on the videos and on Jasseron’s pro-gay agenda stance, but had received no response as of publication time.