Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Two hearts that beat as one ...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 20, 2005

… two minds but with a single thought. Earlier we cited an article from the LA archdiocesan news paper quoting James Martin, S.J.'s address on gay priests to the Religious Ed Congress:

"Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of celibate gay priests ministering to Catholics in parishes, schools, hospitals, high schools, colleges, retreat houses, soup kitchens, nursing homes and chanceries," said Jesuit Father James Martin, associate editor and TV columnist for America magazine.

Compare this carefully to the statement issued by the Rainbow Sash Movement:

Presently there are gay celibate priests ministering in our parishes, schools, hospitals, high schools, colleges, retreat houses, soup kitchens, and nursing homes.

A remarkable intellectual convergence. Back to the bold, independent thinking in L.A.:

In spite of this fact, according to Father Martin, the U.S. church has great difficulty discussing the issue of gay priests at all. He cited eight reasons for this situation:

-- Fear and hatred of gays and lesbians.

-- Assumption that being a gay priest means that one is, by definition, sexually active and incapable of chastity.

-- Assumption that being a gay priest means one is a pedophile or ephebophile, … &c.

To be contrasted with the bold, independent thinking in the RSM manifesto:

Why than are our bishops afraid of addressing this topic openly and honestly? The Rainbow Sash Movement believes this happens for the following reasons:

-- Fear and hatred of gays and lesbians,

-- Assumption that being a gay priest that one is by definition sexually active,

Assumption that being a gay priest means one is a pedophile or ephebophile, … &c.

And this, boys and girls, is celebrating diversity.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 21, 2005 6:31 PM ET USA

    Ranbow sashes are one thing. How about rainbow vestments? I have seen them in the parishes immediately north and south of my own.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Mar. 21, 2005 10:40 AM ET USA

    But who is Diogenes to judge that such plagarism is morally wrong?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Mar. 20, 2005 9:12 AM ET USA

    Why do we continue to discuss this as though it was debatable? What do YOU think about dogma, Diogenes? Anybody who puts on a "Rainbow Sash" is proclaiming "homosexuality" as a recognizable and tolerable life-style within the context of "normal" Church life. What we are REALLY REFUSING TO DISCUSS, at least in a practical and hard-hitting way, is the "practical rebellion" of many of our American bishops.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 0 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 0 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 5 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17