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Please be a Catholic, Father.

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | May 02, 2004

A valuable Zenit interview with psychiatrist Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons discusses questions of seminary screening and reparative therapy for homosexual candidates for ordination, and ends with this question.

Zenit: In view of the John Jay report what do you think the Catholic laity can do?

Fitzgibbons: The laity should ask priests to preach chastity and the fullness of the Church's truth on sexual morality.

I cite only the first part of Fitzgibbons's response, because the ironic truth it expresses is wryly amusing. In effect, the laity must preach to its preachers, begging as a gift what belongs to it by right, asking as an indulgence that which a priest's duty is to give without ceasing.

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  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2004 3:33 PM ET USA

    Priests today are formed by Vatican 2. When I was around when Vatican 2 started it was commonly bruited about the council would rid us of clericalism in all its forms, fat chance in the west. The dictatorship of clericalism is back. To criticize Vat 2 is to be called heretic and told believe it or leave. And yet how can you tell a priest anything who is frightened to use his conscience as we were taught. We all have free will advised by an informed conscience and then carry the burden of choice

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