questions of perspective

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 01, 2010

Two of today’s CWN headline news stories deserve a bit of comment:

  • In London, a court is being asked whether a Christian couple was rightly barred from serving as foster parents because the couple said that they would not tell children that homosexuality is acceptable. How quickly the ground has shifted in this debate! Just a few years ago, the question was whether homosexual couples should be allowed to take in foster children. Now that question is resolved, in favor of the gay couples, and the question is whether those who oppose homosexuality will be excluded. Following their decisions that homosexuality could be considered acceptable, the courts have moved at record speed to rule that homosexual acts must be considered acceptable. How much longer will it be before Christianity, insofar as it teaches that homosexual acts are harmful to those who perform them, will become “the love that dare not speak its name?”
  • In Rome, a group of sex-abuse victims was denied permission for a demonstration in St. Peter’s Square. That part of the story—the part featured in most of the secular media headlines—was unremarkable; everyone is denied permission to hold demonstrations in St. Peter’s Square. What is remarkable, really, is that two of the demonstration’s organizers had the opportunity to sit down for a talk with the Pope’s spokesman. (And one of those organizers had previously met with the Pontiff himself.) How many demonstrators in Washington have been invited in to speak with the White House press secretary? The real story line here is that the Vatican offered so much access to the abuse victims—which is probably just about 180° different from the treatment this story received in your local newspaper.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: ILM - Sep. 26, 2017 4:46 PM ET USA

    I take great comfort in the belief that God prevails in the end

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Sep. 25, 2017 12:35 PM ET USA

    @Comares, I thought like you do once, but no more, sadly. Too much evidence to the contrary. SSA is not in any way equivalent to normal sexual attraction. It's a terrible addiction. Further, another site dealing with this issue proposed that priests have had to look the other way at sodomy in the ranks because they have been unfaithful to their vows with women. St. John Vianney, pray for us.

  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 24, 2017 6:22 PM ET USA

    @Comares, the problem is: noticeably growing homosexual activism (different from activity) among some of the Catholic clergy. It is strongly supported and accelerated by the current trends in main stream culture and in politics. On the other hand, interestingly, there is no such thing as 'heterosexual activism' or 'heterosexual agenda.'

  • Posted by: Comares - Sep. 23, 2017 6:07 PM ET USA

    Why is the assumption made that men who are homosexual are not chaste? The same assumption is not made about a man who is heterosexual. At Ordination the promise of celibacy is just that. Anyone offering themselves for the Priesthood is required to be chaste regardless of their sexuality. There are many priests who are homosexual, as there are heterosexuals. Very few engage in sexual activity. The majority remain true to their Promise.

  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 22, 2017 6:29 PM ET USA

    @Monserrat, Bishops who knowingly ordain homosexual men and place them in parishes have no idea what it means for the unaware parishioners and for other priests in the same parish and in nearby churches. In reality their 'priestly fraternity' becomes non existent. Then things become much worse when such men get promoted in the Church hierarchy and start using their positions for homosexual activism. 100% ban on homosexual ordinations makes perfect sense.

  • Posted by: Montserrat - Sep. 21, 2017 5:49 PM ET USA

    This is a direct, clear, and incisive counter to a thoughtful article by Cardinal Chaput, whom I admire greatly, but who is perhaps trying to sit on a fence that is rapidly melting: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/09/civility-and-church-life Phil keeps things in perspective quite well.

  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - Sep. 21, 2017 1:27 PM ET USA

    Very well said.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Sep. 20, 2017 8:09 PM ET USA

    Thank you for this. It needed to be said.