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Those wacky CTA types

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Nov 16, 2004

If it weren't for Call to Action and the National Catholic Reporter, we'd be a grim lot, But when you read NCR writing about CTA, you can't help but laugh at the silliness of it all. For instance, there's this piece about the recent CTA convention. The theme was "Sex, Science, and the Sacred."

In the keynote, a feminist theologian complains about that the Church is too focused on sex:

“In the recent election campaign,” she said to grumbles from the audience, “bishops have made candidates’ positions against women’s reproductive rights and same-sex marriage the key issue of Catholic identity. Sexuality and not justice and peace appear as the central Christian values defining Catholic identity."
So the bishops are the ones focused on sex, but the topic of your conference is "Sex, Science, and the Sacred." The NCR reporter doesn't seem to glimpse the irony either, when his next vignette tells us about one workshop titled "Erotic Relationships" and another one on orgasms. Not surprisingly it also dwells on homosexual activity.

Just who are the ones hung up on sex here?

The feminist theologian also notes that when she uses the word women she writes it as wo/men and means it to be inclusive of men. Excuse me, but shouldn't that be just as offensive to her as using men to be inclusive of men and women? I sense a bit of hypocrisy.

But that's the problem in all this. The wacky liberal fringe is humor, hypocrisy, and irony impaired. They just don't see their own ridiculousness. In one selfish vein, I'd hope they continue on for years because of how much they amuse me, but more charitably I pray they see the morass of heresy they've sunk themselves into.

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  • Posted by: Dan 149 - Nov. 17, 2004 9:10 AM ET USA

    The Holy Spirit is taking care of CTA. It is very old and in 10 - 15 years will be non-existent. Just read their program. Full of blurry technical language, totally one sided & hyper-sexed. CTA is where the "young" are over 40. Almost no families belong since most are single, old or gay. One of my liberal friends who attended said that she has "never seen so many grey haired gringos outside of a nursing home." CTA will soon be in the dust bin of history. They are already irrelevant.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Nov. 16, 2004 7:15 PM ET USA

    Being a "feminist" theologian must have its rank in the world of work. Perhaps competing for an assigned value with beach bums, lounge lizards, wrinkle remover salespeople, gender studies professors, fortune tellers, and most reporters for the National Catholic Reporter.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Nov. 16, 2004 6:23 PM ET USA

    A disordered lifestyle requires a disordered language. That is the reason for the battle over language. Pervert the language to enable perverted lifestyles.

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