what no one else will say
In a LA Times op-ed, a former priest asks the right question:
If you're celibate, as the Catholic Church already requires you to be, then what's the difference if you're gay or straight at heart?
The answer is given quite plainly in the Vatican Instruction: Homosexuality is a disorder.
No one else will say that these days. The psychiatric profession collapsed long ago; educators soon followed; the entertainment industry was always in the vanguard of change; now politicians have bowed to the pressure of public opinion. But the Catholic Church will tell the truth, in season and out of season.
Other societies and other eras took it for granted. But our society-- which is probably marked by more sexual dysfunction, more sex crime, more sexual obsession, and more sex-related misery than any other civilization in history-- has undertaken to rewrite the laws on healthy sexuality.
The priest-turned-sociologist from Tinseltown continues:
I hope that gay priests and their gay bishops will choose not to run or hide but instead, as some suggest, call a strike, a work stoppage.
So do I, pal. So do I.
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Posted by: RC -
Nov. 26, 2005 1:33 AM ET USA
In mentioning how the gay agenda made its Long March through the professions, D. reminds me of an observation I first read in Francis Schaeffer: that ideas arise in philosophy, appear in highbrow art and literature, then reach academia and the mass media; they eventually reach the more conservative institutions: business, the military, and religion. We'll be dealing with those errors for a long while.The corrective ideas - e.g., JP2's "theology of the body" - are just starting that Long March.
Posted by: Vincit omnia amor -
Nov. 25, 2005 9:12 PM ET USA
Dear ex-Priest Heterodoxia from Hollywood, BRING IT ON! And remember, the Church isn't asking the homosexual clergy to come out of the closet. But, if they do, I hope that all, especially His Holiness, will take note of the self-identifying Bishops AND take action! Bet'cha, if some of this pink Bps are canned, the reform will come more quickly. Lord, Have Mercy!
Posted by: -
Nov. 25, 2005 7:41 PM ET USA
The problem with the USCCB is that it has embraced the heretical cult of psychology. The therapist as confessor. It is so plain to see: psychological philosophies as the new religion to end all religions. I'm ashamed to say, but the fundamentalists such as Jimmy Swaggart have a clearer view of the psychological professions than most bishops. Someone please tell me of ONE psychologist who has discouraged a priest with the disorder of ssa from the priesthood!
Posted by: Catholicity -
Nov. 25, 2005 2:35 PM ET USA
Sex. Sex sex sex sex sex. Sex sex; sex sex sex. Sex, sex, sex? Sex! Holiness holiness holiness. Holiness holiness! Holiness??? Hahahahahahahahahahahah! Sex.
Posted by: Ross Dee -
Nov. 25, 2005 10:50 AM ET USA
I wonder why R. John Kinkel ,expriest, is even talking about the Catholic Church. He excommunicated himself by getting married and still wants to say what the Catholic Church should believe? What's his problem? Sounds like a disorder of disobedience and self appointed authority on the Catholic Church. How do I know, he could even be bisexual, the way he is defending the homosexual priests and bishops. This thinking is called objectively disordered. Like the homosexuals; disordered thinking.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Nov. 25, 2005 10:46 AM ET USA
I disagree with the APA and USCCB analogy. The APA is the alternative magisteria for the USCCB. There are many USCCB sending their members to the APA, precious few doing the reverse.
Posted by: -
Nov. 25, 2005 9:46 AM ET USA
In fairness to psychiatrists, I think that it may be appropriate to consider the American Psychiatric Association as analogous to the USCCB. It seems like the same old story; that is, in a time of complacency it is the people who show up at the meetings, and stay until the end, that have their way. Time to start showing up at the meetings, and following the Way.