Apr 1, 2009

Until now.

A widespread non-system of impersonal sexual couplings has never occurred in any known society. In no known society have the ruling authorities, whether governmental or informal, been completely indifferent to the forms sexual couplings take, or the context in which sexual activity takes place. Nor has any belief system, whether religious or philosophical, ever claimed that sexual activity is intrinsically meaningless, having only the meaning individuals privately assign to it. Until now" (Morse, J. R. "Marriage and the limits of contract." Policy Review, April and May, 2005).


Marie Tremblay said...

What, if anything, will the Bishop do about this..


John Ansley said...

The Newman Center website appears to be down this evening. I spoke with Paul Melanson and he copied the link page BEFORE it could be removed...lol

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

John, the webpage is back up. I left this comment at my Blog just this morning:

"In its Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had this to say:

"What, then, are homosexual persons to do who seek to follow the Lord? Fundamentally, they are called to enact the will of God in their life by joining whatever sufferings and difficulties they experience in virtue of their condition to the sacrifice of the Lord's cross. That cross, for the believer, is a fruitful sacrifice since from that death come life and redemption. While any call to carry the cross or to understand a Christian's suffering in this way will predictably be met with bitter ridicule by some, it should be remembered that this is the way to eternal life for all who follow Christ."

The Church is not calling homosexual persons uniquely to suffering but rather calls all to eternal life, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

Organizations such as the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries which either claim that homosexual behavior is morally acceptable or which condone the lifestyle are really committing an act of violence against homosexual persons. This because they are working against the Church's call to eternal life. Such groups actually condemn the homosexual person to suffering and death.

This is why the CDF says (in the same document):

"All support should be withdrawn from ANY organization which seeks to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely. Such support, or even the semblance of such support, can be gravely misinterpreted..."

I call upon Bishop Robert McManus to address this matter and to treat it with the seriousness it deserves."

I'm hoping that other Catholics will call upon His Excellency to address this matter.

God love you all!

Ellen Wironken said...

"Until now." What we should be asking ourselves is why now? If this isn't part and parcel of a general apostasy, what is it? And why is it that so many Catholics are unconcerned about the promotion of homosexuality within the Church? If we oppose those outside the Church who adance the homosexual agenda, why do we fall silent in the face of those wihtin the Church who promote it? Isn't this hypocritical?

In the book "The Secret Paul VI" by Jean Guitton, Pope Paul VI is quoted as having said, "We must always hold ourselves in readiness, but everything could last a very long time yet. What strikes me, when I think of the Catholic world, is that within Catholicism, there seems sometimes to predominate a non-Catholic way of thinking, and it can happen that this non-Catholic thought within Catholicism, will tomorrow become the stronger. But it will never represent the thought of the Church. It is necessary that a small flock subsist, no matter how small it might be."

This was written more than 30 years ago.

Why is this so? Why do we suddenly fall silent when this "non-Catholic" way of thinking is advanced within the Church?


Anonymous said...

I wonder if there's not systemic corruption throughout the Worcester Diocese diaconate. Remember James Aquino and the Las Vegas incident?

Isn't it peculiar how orthodox Catholics who embrace (and live) an authentic Catholic life are excluded from parish life in many cases but those who promote the "joys of sodomy" are accepted and even promoted.

John Ansley said...

Ellen, good point. Our moral authority suffers when some of our fellow Catholics - and especially clerics - promote homosexuality. How can we condemn the promotion of homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" from those outside the Church and yet ignore those within her walls who do the same.

Our witness suffers because of such scandalous situations as the Newman Center at FSC.

newworldoflove said...

You should stop harassing Deacon Nogueira. This is a new world where people will have gay rights. Your medieval superstitions will never stop the new world. We love you. Be at peace.

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

"Organizations such as the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries which either claim that homosexual behavior is morally acceptable or which condone the lifestyle are really committing an act of violence against homosexual persons."

Come on Paul, violence? This is a misrepresentation of the word only for dramatic effect.