The Children of the Dawn

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 09, 2004

Perhaps no step has been as remarkable or courageous as that taken by 23 Chicago priests who signed a letter strongly objecting to "the increase in the use of violent and abusive language" in Vatican declarations directed at gays and lesbians. ... [I]t is impossible to find even that ecclesiastical vacuum where language is scrubbed entirely of psychological and political meaning. The language of recent Vatican decrees on homosexuality arrives dripping with political and cultural baggage, a linguistic Molotov cocktail thrown into the circle of civil discourse.

Pity the gang at the National Catholic Reporter. At the beginning of the 1970s they were bursting with enthusiasm to share the Gaudium and spread the Spes. Then Roe vs Wade came down and they spent the next 30 years ignoring the central moral crisis of their lifetime -- as if progressive Catholics in Germany in 1943 had insisted the principal social justice issue of the hour was flex-time for Bavarian waitresses.

Now, having contracepted themselves into oblivion, they stare at a mantlepiece crowded with pictures of dead pets, and try to fire up some of the old revolutionary fervor on behalf of, on behalf of ... "Hey Rosemary, what was our letter to the Nuncio about yesterday?"

Right. On behalf of gay priests.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 15, 2004 9:14 AM ET USA

    Beautiful Diogenes - I've sent this piece to myself in an e-mail and am going to print it out and frame it! God bless!

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jan. 10, 2004 12:45 PM ET USA

    n.b. Chicago priests who are so full of themselves that they think that they know better than Jesus and His Church: Recall your oridnation, please... Did you answer one of several questions on that day of your ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ? Did you say "yes" when asked about pledging your obedience to the bishop and his successors (in union with the Holy Father and the Magisterium and the Teachings of the Church)?... Obedience. Humility. Virtues to which God calls us all.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2004 6:31 PM ET USA

    Where is a Reformation when we need it. We need another John of the Cross or Terese of Avilia. They are probably out there but the clamor of the crowds hoisting the banners of "peace and justice" have masked their quiet voices. I asked a friend of mine whose is really upset about the state of the Church if he prayed for the solution. He admited he didn't. We need to pray: if we are not part of the solution then we are part of the problem.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2004 3:36 PM ET USA

    I think we need to be patient with Cardinal George. It probably walked into one of the biggest diocesan cesspits in the U.S. Afterall, he followed Bernardin. He would probably have to get rid of at least half of his priests, if not more. Paganism is rife in the religious orders who practice it openly. He would have to close down the seminary. He has to start somewhere, but where? How do you cut out a cancer when 90% of it is cancer?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2004 11:51 AM ET USA

    I have just received the latest issue of RCF's AMDG and after reading only some of it I would say it's a stretch to say that Cardinal George is "with the magisterium. The extent of the corruption, pollution, degeneracy, is beyond unbelievable. Joseph

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2004 10:07 AM ET USA

    The Chicago priests' hateful [directed at the Magisterium] outburst is astonishing. Assuming Cardinal George is with the Magisterium [no innuendo intended] this situation is pregnant with potential for reform of dissenting clergy. By all means, salvage them if possible, however, cut the cancerous growth or suffer the consequences. If any one is up to the job I believe Cardinal George is. The outcome will be predictive for the health of the hierarchy in the USA for the next 20 years.