text of the Chicago priests' letter
By Jeff (articles ) | Dec 22, 2003
The full text of the letter criticizing Catholic teaching on homosexuality (see Diogenes's post below) can be found here. The twenty-three signatories are listed.
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Posted by: MontanaPadre -
Dec. 23, 2003 4:43 PM ET USA
Three of signers were seminary formation personnel during my time there. They may have one point. We may be emphasizing the activily gay relationships as disordered or evil above relationships which also deserve mention. Fornication and adultery quickly come to mind. Maybe bishops, bishop’s conferences, and the Vatican need to expand a little more on all areas of sexual morality so we are not making one group feel excluded. Homosexuals will then be included with all who are sexually sinning.
Posted by: principle not pragmatism -
Dec. 23, 2003 3:30 PM ET USA
It is to be hoped that the Vatican are recording all the names of these heretics for their future laiization.
Posted by: -
Dec. 23, 2003 3:00 PM ET USA
I'm astonished that the Cardinal responded by agreeing that the *Church* was blameworthy, for speaking "in moral and doctrinal issues, a philosophical and theological language in a society that understands, at best, only psychological and political terms." That's not the issue at all. 'Disordered' and 'evil' are not recondite philosophical terms. And no one objects if the Church calls drug abuse 'disordered' or robbery 'evil'.
Posted by: -
Dec. 23, 2003 3:41 AM ET USA
Fr. Donald Cozzens in The New Face of the Priesthood writes that the number of homosexual priests may be as high as 60 percent. And Bp. Robinson is a disgrace? What percentage wish they were Episcopalians?
Posted by: -
Dec. 22, 2003 11:44 PM ET USA
i'm sure that this is only scratching the surface. there are many more of these guys around. any criticism of this group is "homophobic", uncharitable, narrow, etc, etc. we have reaped what we have sown. "dialogue" has always meant one thing, and one thing only, by the left, this process: understanding, then acceptance, then ligitmacy, then they're right, they get what they always wanted and you're condemned, end of dialogue. is there any doubt apostacy is all around us? have mercy on us o Lord
Posted by: quill -
Dec. 22, 2003 6:39 PM ET USA
What a misguided letter these Chicago priests published! Makes me wonder why I studied to be ordained, why I worked 48 years as a priest. Superiors can be wrong. I applaud courageous correction. But not protestations on gay,queer,deviant grounds, well-defined as such in Church moral teaching that is sympathetic to persons with afflictions. Life in a lavender subculture, in a ritualistic gay bar, now crowded with screaming clerical activists clustered in a contaminated corner, palls.