THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
is our constant Church teaching, we are to hate the sin but
love the sinner. But because of political correctness (an
invention of liberals), many are reluctant to speak against
homosexuality, so as not to offend. So many would rather offend
God than offend man. And so the LGBT bandwagon continues to
us speak the truth. Homosexuality is not natural and is an
inherent disorder, and active homosexuality is intrinsically
evil. We must hate evil.
must hate the sin of homosexuality
30, 2018 (The Catholic Thing)
– Knowing that the Catholic Church has had many ups
and downs in the course of its long history, I am confident
– well, fairly confident – that it will eventually
emerge from its present slump. But this recovery won't happen
anytime soon. And so I, being an old man, won't live to see
it. That saddens me.
we hit bottom yet? If we have, I may live to see at least
the beginning of the recovery. That would please me. But I
fear we haven't hit bottom. There
may be worse to come.
what can possibly be worse than what has already happened?
Many things, among them a refusal to deal frankly with the
issue of homosexuality in the priesthood and the episcopacy.
I'm not speaking only of the horrendous problem of priests
who are active homosexuals; I'm speaking also of clergy who,
while not themselves homosexual, have an undue sympathy for
thinking of the fairly widespread tendency found among Church
leaders to speak as though our problem is sexual "abuse,"
not homosexuality. Certainly, the sexual exploitation or abuse
of minors is a problem, a gigantic problem, an unspeakable
horror. But clerical homosexuality
is a more fundamental problem than abuse of minors.
If we had no homosexual priests, we'd have very little in
the way of abuse of minors.
way some bishops talk, it's as if, when they speak of cleaning
up the Church, they mean that they'll put an end to priestly
sex with minors; when priests limit themselves to consensual
sex with adults, either adult men or adult women, then we'll
have solved our problem. The scandal will be over.
that's absurd. Priests and bishops have taken a solemn vow
to abstain from sexual intercourse. Maybe some of them were
foolish to do so. But men of honor keep their promises. And
everybody knows what a priest should do if he finds it is
practically impossible to live a life of priestly chastity:
he should resign from the priesthood.
have done precisely that. Good for them. But many others,
it seems, have said to themselves, "I am unable to be
chaste the way a priest should be chaste, but apart from that
I love being a priest." That's something like saying,
"I love being a surgeon, but I hate cutting into human
a Catholic priest finds that he no longer believes in the
articles of the Nicene Creed, it goes without saying that
he should resign his office; for to present
yourself to the public as a Catholic priest is to say, among
other things, "I am a man who believes in the Nicene
Creed." Likewise, to present yourself to the public as
a Catholic priest is to say, "I am a man who is living
a life of priestly chastity."
that mean that a priest who has a lapse or two should immediately
resign the priesthood? No. A man who is basically chaste may
have moments of unchastity, just as a recovering alcoholic
may have a slip now and then. But if it becomes something
like a habit, that's another story.
special horror of our present problem is that so many of our
unchaste priests are unchaste in a homosexual way. Among
what may be called the "ordinary" sexual sins –
e.g., marital contraception, masturbation, fornication, adultery,
and homosexual sodomy – it is the last of these, homosexual
sodomy, that has traditionally been considered the worst of
Because it is "unnatural." But if you approve of
the most extreme of these sexual sins, how can you disapprove
of the lesser ones? If you approve of drunkenness you can't
very well object to social drinking. Priests who have no objection
to homosexual conduct will have no objection to contraception,
masturbation, fornication, or adultery.
they will probably have no more than a watered-down objection
to abortion. Abortion, of course, is not a specifically sexual
sin; it is a sin of homicide. But it is strongly connected
with a sexual sin, fornication.
as President Wilson hoped to make the world safe for democracy,
so abortion, along with cheap
and readily available contraception, makes the world safe
for fornication. If you have no objection to fornication,
you're likely not to feel a passionate objection to abortion.
we have a priesthood and episcopacy that has no passionate
objection to homosexuality – the worst of common sexual
sins – goes a long way to explaining, it seems to me,
why our clergy for the last fifty years or so has been "soft"
on contraception, fornication, unmarried cohabitation, adultery,
and even abortion.
ideal of chastity, even hyper-chastity, has been an essential
element of Catholicism from the days of the Apostles. But
chastity is not a fashionable virtue in present-day America.
In fact, it is the opposite of a virtue. It is a vice. Small
wonder that our gay priests don't heartily endorse it. And
small wonder that many of our non-gay priests, feeling sympathy
with their gay brethren, don't endorse it either.
secular world tells us that a disapproval of homosexuality
arises from homophobia, an irrational hatred of gays and lesbians.
Too many of us believe what they tell us. And since hatred
is the worst of Christian sins, being as it is the opposite
of love, the greatest of Christian virtues, we are reluctant
to disapprove of homosexuality.
and especially Catholic priests and bishops, have to overcome
this reluctance. We have to deplore homosexuality.
We have to shout our disapproval from the housetops. And if
we do so, we may at last make some progress in getting gay
priests and bishops out of positions that allow them to influence
Church policy and corrupt Church teaching.
not kid ourselves. If we are
determined to be "tolerant," as the secular world
wishes us to be tolerant, we will be enemies of the Church
and enemies of the Gospel.
with permission from The Catholic Thing.
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