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By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Apr 28, 2003

Yes, Phil, but I noted an interesting point in that article. Hannity claims that his theological resource folk have told him that the Church is soft-pedaling the prohibition on homosexuality.

We can well believe him, if he's consulting local priests. Sean Hannity lives in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on Long Island N.Y.

A few weeks ago, a layman, formerly a lay theology student at the seminary of that diocese in Huntington, instituted a lawsuit against the seminary and the diocese for consumer fraud, alleging that he had paid for a course in Catholic Theology but got anything but. I was surprised by one instance he alleged: in Moral Theology class he was taught the sort of questionable approach that was presented back when I studied there. The Holy Father, in Veritatis Splendor (1993) devoted a substantial portion of his encyclical to critiquing and dismissing precisely what this young man was learning in his classes there recently.

When a bishop is named to a see, at the press conference it seems invariably he explicitly professes gratitude and loyalty to the Holy Father. One might expect that he would then carefully insure that his seminarians were receiving a Catholic formation, a subject deserving at least as much attention as he'd need to devote to installing a temperature controlled wine cellar.

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