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Church must speak clearly against homosexuality, bishop says

Catholic World News - April 18, 2011

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, has said that Church leaders must speak out about the immorality of homosexual acts, despite the public pressure against such clear teaching.

“Caution and prudence are important, but I don’t think they should be excuses for not properly speaking when speaking is necessary or extremely important pastorally,” Bishop Bruskewitz told LifeSite News. He observed that Church teaching is clear: that homosexual acts are gravely sinful, and thus jeopardize souls.

The need to deliver that message today is clear, the bishop said, but some clerics shy away from it because "there's a lot of intimidation."

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 19, 2011 5:10 PM ET USA

    Normnuke, I hate to think you are right. When I was out of the Church in the 80's, our local seminary was known to have quite a significant homosexual population. This was told to me by a gay fellow who left the seminary. I wonder where those guys are now?

  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Apr. 18, 2011 11:33 PM ET USA

    The Vatican would agree with Bishop Bruskewitz. In 2003 the CDF released the document "Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons" in which it declares homosexual behavior to be a "troubling moral and social phenomenon." The document encourages the bishops to take action on this issue and specifically calls them to be front and center in proclaiming the teaching of the Church which strongly opposes homosexual marriage.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Apr. 18, 2011 10:31 PM ET USA

    He is a true shepherd, not a hireling.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Apr. 18, 2011 9:00 PM ET USA

    This man needs to be elevated and moved to a See with greater influence. Perhaps he should be made coadjutor to an aging cardinal or archbishop who needs a spine transplant. Goodness knows we've too many spineless bishops.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Apr. 18, 2011 6:41 PM ET USA

    Let's hear it now from a few more brave bishops! There is strength in numbers. Bishop Bruskewitz has spoken again about homosexuality (remember 2002 in Dallas?); you will not be alone, bishops! Come on! I "double dare" you! The Truth shall set you free! Believe it! Risk it! For the sake of our Lord and His Church! Never mind that you are a remnant. What matters is that the remnant be faithful. Our Lord will not deny you but will give you a crown.

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Apr. 18, 2011 5:58 PM ET USA

    Good on Bishop Bruskewitz.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2011 5:25 PM ET USA

    I'm afraid not a few clerics 'shy away from it' for reasons more disgraceful than being intimidatied.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 18, 2011 4:32 PM ET USA

    Bishop Bruskewitz is a continuing embarrassment to the rest of the bishops (including archbishops and cardinals) of the United States. He is 100% right and they are wrong, but he is an embarassment to them.

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