In the UK, a full-court press is on to enact legislation that will treat the Catholic Church as a "goods and services provider" and thus require her to conform to EU standards of non-discrimination, including and especially that regarding sexual orientation. The first place the shoes pinches is in the area of adoption services. Gays have gleefully pounced on this opportunity to push the Church yet further into the position of an outlaw, and the Guardian does it bit for the rainbow cause with a medium slurpy to go:
Mr Reynolds said yesterday: "Rowan must know that the Church of England's own adoption society welcomes gay people. It has done for eight years. In our case we were the first gay couple in Wales to be allowed to foster our boy by Barnardo's.
"The Catholic church has allowed it elsewhere. Cardinal Levada, who's become the Vatican's doctrinal enforcer, when he was Archbishop of San Francisco allowed at least three children from Catholic agencies to be placed with gay couples."
Mr Reynolds and his partner Chris, a hairdresser, have lived together for 27 years. They were first asked to foster the boy when he was four and Barnardo's could not find another home for him because he was so disruptive.
Note that Cardinal Levada's San Francisco squishiness on gay rights was not something dropped into oblivion but continues to be part of the polemic. And our come-back is ...?
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Posted by: -
Jan. 26, 2007 2:17 PM ET USA
Levada is the "gift" that keeps on giving.
Posted by: benedictusoblatus -
Jan. 26, 2007 3:36 AM ET USA
Patriot - Cardinals who commit grave sins in public MUST not only repent in private, but MUST repent in public. They MUST publicly recant their errors and go way out of their way to get the word out to the entire planet that they were wrong. Has Cardinal Levada called recently??? I'm happy to let God judge the soul of miscreants, but I for one want them out of positions of power in the Catholic Church. And that's coming from Sinner, First Class.
Posted by: Moreman -
Jan. 25, 2007 7:41 PM ET USA
Yes, we are a Church of sinners, but true repentance requires one to try to rectify the harm done. Private repentance is not sufficient to rectify a public sin that continues to scandalize or mislead souls; especially for one entrusted with the responsibility of shepherding God's people, it is incumbent upon him to publicly repudiate any past statement or action or inaction that is being used by others to harm the flock. Without public repudiation, it is legitimate to doubt private repentance.
Posted by: -
Jan. 25, 2007 10:55 AM ET USA
... pay no attention to the man behind the screen. ... ooops! ... you talkin to me? ... Allah loves you. ... everything is beautiful, in its own way.
Posted by: -
Jan. 25, 2007 10:19 AM ET USA
Is the Holy Father aware of Levada's true cultural colors? Will there come a time when the Church elects a Pope who will tolarate normalization of what is proscribed in Tradition and scripture? Is it now?
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Jan. 25, 2007 9:12 AM ET USA
...if Cardinal Levada bears such a sin upon his immortal soul, one can only hope that he has repented, confessed this act of supreme stupidity, and is now has amended his life. It always bears repeating that the Church is comprised of sinners, Cardinals included; or Cardinals especially. And God is full of forgiveness for those who confront their own sins, gays included.