Fr. Potato Head

By Leila Marie Lawler (articles ) | Feb 28, 2006

A friend alerts me to the link in to this brilliant piece of editorializing by Fr. – excuse me – the Very Reverend Thomas Faucher in the Idaho Statesman. Father takes the opportunity to broaden his audience from the usual Sunday Mass crowd at St. Mary’s to let us know what’s troubling him.

The Idaho Legislature has approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage in a manner which will ensure that same-gender "marriage" could never happen in Idaho. The amendment is subject to voter approval in November.

This is at its core an anti-gay movement.

Note that we are meant to apply for ourselves the proper tone of outrage at the idea of an anti-gay movement, although I for one see no problem with the Idaho Legislature, presumably a duly elected body of lawmakers representing their constituents (including parishioners of St. Mary’s), seeking to remedy an assault by an essentially Marxist-driven gang (“gays”) on an immemorial institution (“marriage”) – a remedy that coincides perfectly with what the Catholic Church teaches. Actually, as a Catholic, I’d have to admit that anything billed as “at its core an anti-gay movement” would meet with my approval before I really got a chance to take much of a look at it.

I guess Himself doesn’t agree with me. After dismissing the idea that the legislature has any business in the gay marriage controversy since homosexual activity is legal in Idaho – thinking with the mind of the Church, Father! Way to go! -- he opines that children and society simply benefit from stable relationships, and so gay marriage is really the only just solution. I was momentarily left breathless by the several leaps of faith in his train of thought, but suddenly, I got it: it’s not that Father favors homosexuality, it’s that he’s concerned about the children. Alrighty then.

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  • Posted by: rpp - Mar. 02, 2006 1:28 AM ET USA

    He said that up to lawmakers to legislate morality. That is ABSURD. ALL LAWS are morality codifed. It is immoral to murder. It is immorla to steal. It is even immoral for an adult have sex with a willing 17-year old. These are also all illegal and should continue to be so. The phrase "cannot legislate morality" insults the intelligence of all who hear it.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Mar. 01, 2006 3:39 PM ET USA

    Does Father and others feel that we should apologize to the city of Sodom and the others because God, Himself, buried them under six feet of ash? Does Father and others worry that this might happen here if we allow same sex marriage to be legal?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2006 11:54 AM ET USA

    Father should understand that anti-gay in this specific context is essentially expressed as pro-marriage in the inverse. While Father rightly decries folks shacking-up and having kids, he provides no coherent argument how the lack of a marriage license in such a case is inferior to the possesion of a civil union license as relates to the well-being of children unless we are to believe that state recognition of a union will be the determinant of the healthfulness of a childrearing environment.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 01, 2006 11:34 AM ET USA

    I grew up in the diocese of Boise and am back there frequently to visit. The bishop for that diocese is very unlikely to discipline this priest. When I was back in Idaho this fall I was ready a copy of the Idaho Catholic Register. It contained an article on the ordination of new deacons that contained a quote from the homily of said bishop. His comments, "I could ordain the wives as well, but the Church won't let me." He's not on the boat in the middle of the St. Lawrence River... yet...

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 6:39 PM ET USA

    Fr. Faucher needs to be yanked from his parish immediately. Is it too much to ask that priests and bishops teach and support the teaching of the Church to which they profess to belong? If the clergy cannot be obedient to the Word of God, why do expect the laity to do so?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 6:35 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, this Bill does little to finally insure the absence of same sex marriage in Idaho. The Idaho Bill and all other states should not only define marriage as the union of two people of opposite gender but should also include a provision that interpretation of the Bill's language is beyond the jurisdiction of the judiciary of the state. This additional language will eliminate the chance that the Bill will later be declared unconstitutional when ultimately challenged by the gay gang

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 6:34 PM ET USA

    Bishop Wilton Gregory call your office. ps to Leila -- its considered de rigeur to pound your fist on the table and gesticulate wildly while saying: "It's All About the Children!!!!" I think of it as the "Bernardin Chablis" with a twist of lemon. Tart, but not too bitter.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 5:48 PM ET USA

    Father Faucher serves in the diocese of Boise - headed by Bishop Driscoll - a Mahonista. I am sure he is trembling waiting for the episcopal reprimand.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 28, 2006 5:28 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the good very Reverend Faucher might explain why exactly a compulsive disorder that results in physical perversions and is harmful to body, soul and mind should somehow be guaranteed a status deserving of normative civil rights. Can we patiently wait till polygamy in all its mutations, and the emerging bestiality and consensual cannibalism movements are also heralded from his pulpit?