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letting our imaginations be stretched

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Apr 06, 2006

Log Cabin Dominican Timothy Radcliffe was the keynoter at Los Angeles' recent Kraft durch Freude Fest. A commenter on the L.A. Catholic blog, who claims to have been present at Radcliffe's address, provides the following quote (via Gerald Augustinus):

"But I'm afraid I'm an old-fashioned traditional Catholic, and I believe that's the wrong place to start. We begin by standing by gay people, as they hear the voice of the Lord that summons them to a life of happiness. We accompany them as they wrestle with discovering what this means and how they should walk, and this means letting our imaginations be stretched open to ... watching Brokeback Mountain, reading gay novels, having gay friends, making our beliefs of our hearts and our minds delighting in that being ... "

Of course it's not clear. It's not meant to be. But, while his chums titter at the "old-fashioned traditional Catholic" line, the message he wants to deliver comes through plainly enough.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 08, 2006 4:37 PM ET USA

    "why am I reminded of Dylan Thomas" I don't know. Fr Timothy RadTrad always reminded me of Bob Dylan -- particularly when he's hangin' out in the sweatervest.

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Apr. 07, 2006 8:47 PM ET USA

    mariadevotee - why am I reminded of Dylan Thomas all of a sudden - "Rage, rage against the night, Against the dying of the light . . ." Or, as my father (born 1938, Notre Dame class of '60) keeps on saying, "My generation is going to have to die out for things to really get better."

  • Posted by: rpp - Apr. 07, 2006 12:34 PM ET USA

    We must extend the same understanding to those who desire homosexual relations as to those who desire heterosexual relations out side of marriage. That is, you can't do it. You are no better or worse if you do engage in sexual sins, always a grave offense, than anyone else. If you do not wish to be married, then you must abstain from this an other sins, like theft and murder. Unreprentent sinners are not properly disposed to receive the body of The Lord. This is a message of true chariy.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 07, 2006 9:08 AM ET USA

    How can you stretch a stone! Whetever happened to avoid like the plague?

  • Posted by: Janet Baker - Apr. 06, 2006 7:33 PM ET USA

    Let's substitute some things! How about helping them to "hear the voice of the Lord that calls them to a life of holiness?" How about imaginations being stretched by, oh lemmee seee... attending a Latin Mass, reading the Catechism, having an orthodox confessor, etc? Fr Radcliffe, it seems, no longer need fear being an "old-fashioned, traditional Catholic". He strayed from that some time ago!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 06, 2006 5:42 PM ET USA

    Re most of the entries of late---there is nothing wrong with the Catholic Church that a few well places funerals wouldn't take care of. The Lord's will be done.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 06, 2006 5:01 PM ET USA

    "Imaginations be stretched." A moribund metaphor, your log cabiness.

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