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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 28, 2004

Father Joe Marcoux is one of 30 Rochester priests who deplores the violence of the language of the Vatican instruction on gay marriage:

"For me, because of my experience ministering to gay and lesbian people and helping them understand the church teaching, I have to sign this document -- risk or no risk. It’s a matter of conscience."

Give me a break. If the year were 1948 and one lived in South Dakota, there would be some risk to one's priestly future by pulling this kind of stunt. Today -- under Bishop Matthew Clark especially -- to paint oneself as a modern Thomas More on the way to the Tower is the work of a fantasist or a fraud.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 28, 2004 9:52 PM ET USA

    It's quite possible to go to Hell following one's conscience, if it is not rightly formed.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 28, 2004 1:54 PM ET USA

    "Father" Marcoux is featured prominently and disparagingly in Michael Rose's expose, as one of those who drove an apparently orthodox seminarian from Louvain on the ground that he failed to "empathize" or "sympathize" with homosexuals. Who but a homosexual would be attuned to this sort of alleged shortcoming? This intrinsically and -- now, objectively -- disorded personality should be removed from the priesthood. When will the episcopacy understand the laity what holy priests, and no less.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jan. 28, 2004 12:32 PM ET USA

    Not to mention feckless. Feckless fantasist has a nicer alliterative ring.

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