... or they could just ignore it
In a covering letter sent to bishops along with the Doomsday Document, the Vatican said that homosexuals should not teach in seminaries. The usual suspects are scrambling for a way to tiptoe around that little bombshell, and the Washington Post reports:
Some experts on church law said yesterday that the letter is nonbinding and can simply be ignored by bishops.
Well, maybe. But experience shows that even if a Vatican directive is binding, it can still be ignored by bishops.
Binding or not, we know what the Vatican wants. Now we'll see which bishops want the same thing.
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Posted by: -
Dec. 03, 2005 10:16 AM ET USA
We were taught in our seminary days of yore that a vocation is expressed in the calling of the Church. If the Church chooses not to call a person for whatever reason, that person has no reason to complain. No one has a right to the priesthood.
Posted by: John J Plick -
Dec. 03, 2005 12:01 AM ET USA
It seems questionable to me that under Vatican II, which is supposed to elevate and facilitate the valid role of the layman within the Church that the most I can do with a truly rebellious Bishop is to withold their paycheck and hope their life is a short one. A rebel Bishop is a rebel Bishop, and anyone who empowers or cooperates with him joins in that rebellion.
Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Dec. 02, 2005 10:42 PM ET USA
If the effects of the homo-scandal are viewed in mere natural terms, it might be the better part of valor to "leave them alone" and let them fall off the vine by age, disease or other natural causes (so-called "attrition"). Of course, the effects are so much more supernatural, including the loss of faith and damnation of countless souls poisoned by these miscreants. This is the reason the Pope needs to fire these people (including the low, middle and high-ranking offenders and enablers).
Posted by: -
Dec. 02, 2005 5:22 PM ET USA
It is high time for the people of God to rise up in face of these dissenting bishops and give them a taste of their own medicine. When the money does not come rolling in to these appointed shepherds, they may finally understand that the people of God have well understood the golden rule: do unto the bishops as they do unto us. Jashu
Posted by: Ross Dee -
Dec. 02, 2005 4:11 PM ET USA
One must not "Support the homosexual culture" it does not leave any room for misinterpretation. The Cardinals, Bishops, Priests and Nuns better take heed. Let them have ears to hear, cannot be more clear. The main thing to remember is, what the Pope binds on earth is also bound in Heaven.
Posted by: -
Dec. 02, 2005 1:20 PM ET USA
From your mouth.... as the saying goes, Leo. I pray it may be so. The Doc and even more this accompanying letter are fantastic. But it means nothing unless BXVI and his Cardinals have the guts to enforce it. If Skylstad. McCarrick, Mahony and other bishops whose actions support the homosexual agenda and whose words certainly give the impression that they themselves share this tendency (although God willing they have overcome it with God's grace) are not checked by Rome, nothing will change.
Posted by: -
Dec. 02, 2005 9:31 AM ET USA
A salvo in the Vatican's war against the homoeroticist heresy infecting Church and society, the Instruction will not be ignored. The Holy Father and the Vatican now understand the damage wrought. Those who refuse to apply the Instruction, or seek to interpret it away, will be replaced one at a time, through attrition, removal and transfer. Since they are vocal they will not be hard to identify.