Anybody know which way is up?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 24, 2003

Boston's Jesuit Urban Center has been celebrated as the "Best Place to Pick Up a Mate -- Gay" by Boston Magazine, and operates as a kind of Pont Street for gay Jesuit debutantes -- a place for them to polish and showcase their talents (under the wary but generally benevolent oversight of the Archdiocese) before moving on to consolidate their successes elsewhere.

The Boston Globe did a "how were they preaching about gay marriage" survey of Massachusetts churches, and eavesdropped on the Jesuit Urban Center's guest homilist:

At the Jesuit Urban Center at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the South End, the Rev. Thomas J. Regan said the court ruling "raises all sorts of questions about how society and the church will go forward."

"Let us not have any delusions -- the implementation of this ruling has incredible potential to unite or divide us in a variety of ways," said Regan, the head of the Society of Jesus in New England.

John F. Kelly, a parish councilor who travels from Dorchester to Immaculate Conception every Sunday, estimated that three-quarters of the parishioners are gay. He said he was pleased by Regan's stance. "He was actually real about it," Kelly said. "He was leaving it up to God, rather than stating his own opinion."

An interesting -- if not entirely surprising -- perspective. A Roman Catholic would have maintained that "leaving it up to God" means following His will, which has been clearly and reliably taught by the Church's magisterium.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Nov. 30, 2003 12:59 AM ET USA

    Where is the virtue of humility for Fr. Regan and Mr. Kelly? Are they aware of the Church's Teaching and the call to some form of obedience? Are they aware that this Teaching is clear, objective and absolute? Indeed, the words "gay" and "marriage" can never be used together, by definition. Two same-sex-ambivilent deviants could can have some type of perverted union, but never a marriage. The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony instituted by Christ and His Church is between a man and a woman.

  • Posted by: Phil - Nov. 25, 2003 1:44 PM ET USA

    I am reminded that in his excellent book A Crisis of Saints, our friend Father Rutler laments the "untimely suppression" of the Jesuits by Pope Clement XIV. The untimely suppression...