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Massachusetts diocesan editor calls for clear teaching on homosexuality

Catholic World News - July 05, 2011

In a powerful editorial for The Anchor, the official newspaper for the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, Father Roger Landry calls attention to the pastoral damage done by priests who refuse to convey the Church’s teaching on human sexuality, fearful of opposition from gay-rights activists.

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If doctors and nurses at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute were aware that a patient was chain-smoking cigars and out of a desire not to displease him said nothing, they would be guilty of unconscionable neglect. If the patient was flaunting his cigar-smoking and attempting to persuade others that, rather than harmful, cigar-smoking was a great practice deserving of celebration instead of censure, the destructive consequences of their reticence would be magnified. Similarly, pastors and parishes who are aware that parishioners are unabashedly engaging in practices contrary to the practice of the faith and who do not strive, with patient, tender and firm preaching and accompaniment, to help them eliminate whatever in them is leading them to sin, are culpable of the worst type of pastoral malpractice.

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  • Posted by: Ken - Jul. 05, 2011 8:30 PM ET USA

    It is the tiny lights like this I see, sadly rare as they are, that keeps my faith strong.

  • Posted by: rpp - Jul. 05, 2011 6:10 PM ET USA

    Well said, Father. That is an excellent analogy.

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