bishops "reach out" to homosexuals
By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 14, 2006
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Posted by: -
Nov. 16, 2006 4:46 PM ET USA
I really like Eleazer's comment. Let's start demanding such outreaches as he suggests. Every time they have to deal with these sins they will be forced to do an examination of conscience, something that so many of them do not seem to have done in a long time.
Posted by: Eleazar -
Nov. 15, 2006 8:54 AM ET USA
I guess I still don’t get it…why a special “outreach” to homosexuals? I believe that the Church is validating this sin and those who engage in it by setting up an outreach or dedicating so much time in meetings of episcopal conferences. Sin is sin; homosexuals are on the same slippery slope as those of us who practice adultery, greed, lust, sloth, contraception, vote for politicians who support abortion and even those with “Schismatic Inclination.”
Posted by: Ignacio177 -
Nov. 15, 2006 6:37 AM ET USA
No one commented on uncle D's post. I think it hits the nail on the head. The problem is the Gay Clerical Mafia embedded with the episcopate. there needs to be an exorcism.
Posted by: florentine -
Nov. 14, 2006 10:41 PM ET USA
I watched some of the discussion and was extremely impressed w/ the way bishops conducted their meeting and debated the documents re: how to deal w/ homosexuals/ SS unions, and the one on addressing art. contraception,etc. Most bishops were strong, thoughtful, and unified in acknowledging that homo activity is a ... gulp... SIN. But also compassionate, respectful, noting the that bishops MUST LEAD and firmly INSTRUCT on the REASONS, BASIS for all Catholic Church teachings. There is hope!
Posted by: voxfem -
Nov. 14, 2006 10:08 PM ET USA
I agree with johannd. Mt 18 says certain demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting. So let's pray and fast. God is faithful. Or maybe it's a case of the Mt 13, 24 (weeds among the wheat) from some of the bishops' viewpoint?
Posted by: murphy -
Nov. 14, 2006 8:46 PM ET USA
Dear Major, nope, just a thesaurus,
Posted by: Pete133 -
Nov. 14, 2006 7:29 PM ET USA
While NOT trying to bash or abuse those with homosexual tendencies, I can't help wondering why even half the energy being put into ministries to them can't be expended to those who are married? I don't think our married couples get anywhere near the support from the bishops that they should. How else are we going to encourage our youth to respect marriage?
Posted by: -
Nov. 14, 2006 7:09 PM ET USA
Hey, I'm a big Trid Mass type (can hardly wait til it's freed) so have impeccable credentials, guys. Yeah, let's hear it! So you've got to believe me when I say this Gay Outreach doc is GOOD and reiterates what needs to be reiterated. Church for some time has said "no sin to be same-sex attracted, only to act on it" (Tho Jesus said, "If you lust in your heart...so are they right in this respect? Maybe...). Anyway, rest is without doubt great, and they said no contraception! BXVI is a tonic!
Posted by: juon36 -
Nov. 14, 2006 6:40 PM ET USA
You call it a spine, I calls it something else.
Posted by: johannd -
Nov. 14, 2006 5:51 PM ET USA
I would encourage readers to look at the hyperlink attached to the word "concern" to Amy Welborn's typepad. Thank God for Abp. Burke. God bless him and the bishops who are enouraging the Courage & Encourage ministries. They follow Church teaching and are trying to truly help people...perhaps we need to heed the call of Fatima for prayer and penance not so much for the world, but the bishops' conference.
Posted by: Exaudi nos -
Nov. 14, 2006 5:45 PM ET USA
"The bishops also state that children of gay Catholics can undergo baptism and receive other sacraments in most cases if they are being raised in the faith." Are these children of ss couples who are coupled?
Posted by: Flavian -
Nov. 14, 2006 4:49 PM ET USA
In the Sept/Oct edition of The Healing Line, the bi-monthly publication of Christian Healing Ministries, Francis MacNutt states that "Except for a few strong Christian organizations like Exodus and Regeneration, and authors such as Leanne Payne and David Kyle Foster, few prominent Christians speak of the very real possibility of homosexuals receiving inner healing to help them become heterosexual."
Posted by: -
Nov. 14, 2006 4:48 PM ET USA
I have it on good authority that the bishops’ next outreach statement, Ministry to Persons with a Schismatic Inclination, will deal with us poor lost souls who hover in the darkness of the Middle Ages. The document will say it's not a sin to be attracted to the Traditional Latin Mass--only to act on those feelings. The bishops will also state that children of traditional Catholics can be baptized and receive other sacraments (in most cases) if they are being raised to appreciate the Novus Ordo.
Posted by: Hammer of Heretics -
Nov. 14, 2006 3:41 PM ET USA
On the bright side, at least the radical homosexual lobby is unhappy with what the document says.
Posted by: Fatimabeliever -
Nov. 14, 2006 3:21 PM ET USA
When the gay community doesn't want to at least listen to what the Bishops say, the Bishops should follow up with this: "When you pass over the veil (i.e. die) do you really want to spend not a lifetime but eternity into listening to the horrible screams from the person you love while in hell?" This is God's commandment not ours!
Posted by: jbrown629 -
Nov. 14, 2006 2:44 PM ET USA
All that can be said of this is "Ouch".
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Nov. 14, 2006 2:41 PM ET USA
Yup. Strike down that divisive Courage ministry thingie, but, hey ho, its Trick or Treat in Orange County. How 'bout that Orange Bowl game? Should be a hum dinger.
Posted by: major -
Nov. 14, 2006 1:43 PM ET USA
Is there a spine under any of the miters at USCCB?