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Retired California bishop calls for ‘Vatican III’ on sexuality

July 05, 2010

Bishop Francis Quinn, who served as bishop of Sacramento from 1979 until his resignation at the age of 72 in 1993, has called for a Vatican Council III to examine Church teaching on human sexuality.

“So many of the issues that Catholics deal with-- divorce, homosexuality, premarital sex -- center around sexuality and affect how they connect with the Church,” Bishop Quinn said. “We need to move beyond this circular logic and look at what is really happening in people’s lives.” Bishop Quinn made his remarks on the evening he received the an award for his work with the homeless.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 05, 2010 11:34 PM ET USA

    Memo to this 88-year bishop emertius: in Vatican III, Vatican IV, or Vatican V, sexual sins will still be sins, still be committed, and still condemn souls to hell. What's needed now is for people and especially the people who are influencing popular culture to examine their own lives and what they promote. We never need to "move beyond" the call to repentance and conversion of life.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jul. 05, 2010 7:36 PM ET USA

    "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." - G.K. Chesterton, Chapter 5, What's Wrong With The World, 1910. Chesterton remains relevant 100 years later; Quinn remains irrelevant after less than 20.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 05, 2010 6:48 PM ET USA

    Instant relief to realize this won't occur.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 05, 2010 5:57 PM ET USA

    Yeah, sure, and mathematicians need to examine their teaching on division by zero, and physicists on the law of gravity, and chemists on toxic substances. How can we connect with the world if we're mired in this circular logic?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 05, 2010 5:47 PM ET USA

    Ah,yes...just what we Catholics need:another council to cause confusion and to align us more with the often misguided values of the secular world.Has this bishop forgotten that to be a Catholic means taking up Christ's Cross daily- yes,life is not easy,but bending the Church's venerable moral teachings to suit present-day morality (or lack thereof) is not going to be in the best interests of any Catholic.I agree with Lucius that the bishop needs a refresher course on the Catholic faith-and fast.

  • Posted by: New Sister - Jul. 05, 2010 1:20 PM ET USA

    Examine the dates of his bishopric - 1972-93 - and know all one needs to about "what is really going on"... then run like heck in the other direction!!

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 05, 2010 10:37 AM ET USA

    Any time you hear calls for Vatican III there's a good chance there is mischief afoot. That's the case here. What examination? These teachings on sexuality are the perennial teachings of the Church which conflict with those of the world? Circular logic? What does that mean? The good bishop I think needs a refresher course on the Catholic Faith.

  • Posted by: adamah - Jul. 05, 2010 9:02 AM ET USA

    ".....and look at what is really happening in people's lives." We don't need another council to figure that one out. Those that ignore church teaching on the above-mentioned issues are objectively living disordered lives and separating themselves from the Church (although not necessarily by excommunication). Church teaching doesn't need to change. People's behavior need to change. Also,those entrusted with the care of souls need to keep their eyes focused on what really matters-eternal salvation