Saturday, August 22, 2009

The ELCA Lutherans permit non-celibate gay clergy.

No surprise there.
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The reason this is disappointing - to say the least - is that it acknowledges same sex relationships amongst ordained clergy by a heretofore conservative Christian denomination, and by accommodation, lends support to the same sex marriage debate within secular culture. Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knew this reversal of Christian teaching regarding faith and morals was coming - hence no surprise there. Consider the source.
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Such victories come slowly however, with one step forward, two steps back, a half step back and a whole step forward again. Persistence. And infiltration - even by well meaning Christians. It has been occurring in the Catholic Church for decades, as the sex abuse scandal revealed. It is still going on, don't kid yourself. There remains a homosexual contingent within the Church, some applauding Pope Benedict's conservative reforms, who identify as same-sex attracted but celibate. Among them are those who advocate for a kinder, gentler approach to homosexuality and same-sex couples - as well as gay adoption. There are those who are open to compromise regarding faith and morals, but not liturgy, sacraments, and piety. They often accord in spirit with the most flagrant activists, especially regarding the issue of celibacy and sexual orientation.
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As many people know, amongst the psycho-sexually-evolved, celibacy is not always equated with chastity; thus it is not necessarily a matter of sexual abstinence, rejection of intimate relationship, or a mortification of sexual attraction. In other words, there remains in the conditional celibate an openendedness to sexual experience regardless of moral consequence. Identity is key - especially if one is same sex attracted. When one's identity is entwined in sexual identity, one remains a captive to an alternative - an interior dichotomy exists - and as we know a man cannot serve two masters.
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The fear of chaste celibacy...
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That is what I call the resistance offered by contemporary dissidents - as if it is a sort of spiritual castration, but as one dissident Catholic theologian explains it: [Celibacy]..."this has been interpreted as refraining from all types of sexual and genital interaction in a single lifestyle, with community living offered as the antidote to meet emotional and relational needs, but in a non-sexual way.
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This interpretation carries an inherent violence against self and others. It is a fundamental denial of our God-given identity to choose a non-sexual way of life; it is an act of blasphemy. Biologically, psychologically, and spiritually, we cannot become asexual. The more we try, the more our sexual selves will rear up in protest.
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Our sexuality consists of all those feelings, moods, and emotions that require a certain quality and quantity of human closeness, intimacy, tactility, and love if we are to become, and help each other become, the fully evolved people that God intends us to be. To choose to forego this call is an act of violence against God, self, and other people who befriend us on the journey of life." - Diarmuid O' Murchu (Taken from Wild Reed blog, which I cannot link to because of pornographic and anti-Catholic content.)
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This exaggerated argument is reminiscent of the Protestant Reformers objection to celibacy, newly accommodated to the gay agenda. Radical dissenters publicly embrace these and similar teachings, while some working within the Church lend a sympathetic ear or tacit approval to such errors.
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"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves." (Matt. 7:15)


9 comments:

  1. Terry - this has been a depressing week.

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  2. Did you dash that painting off yesterday afternoon when you heard the news? Pretty good for less than a day's work.

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  3. This interpretation carries an inherent violence against self and others. It is a fundamental denial of our God-given identity to choose a non-sexual way of life; it is an act of blasphemy. Biologically, psychologically, and spiritually, we cannot become asexual. The more we try, the more our sexual selves will rear up in protest.

    O'Murchu seems to be saying that humans are nothing more than beings driven by animal lust and possess no immortal soul and spirit that might allow them to live a life of celibacy and chasteness.

    He doesn't recognize that the soul, our special gift from and connection to God, enables us, if we so choose, to live prayer lives of worship, thanksgiving, repentance and petition for God's aid in living our lives.



    He is denying the existence of millions of priests, monks, brothers and nuns down over the millenia who took vows to become spouses of Christ and successfully lived their lives that way.

    Not to mention maybe an equal number of Hindu, Buddhist and men and women of other faiths who also lived their lives in that manner.

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  4. Ray - it isn't my painting - wish it was though.

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  5. Anonymous10:17 AM

    This decision shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. Over the years we have slowly chipped away at morality and what should be considered as acceptable. From contraception / abortion, pre marital sex, divorce, living to together before marriage – nothing is considered wrong anymore because “my God isn’t judgmental” or that is “how things have evolved.” This decision is just the next step in that process and we shouldn’t be surprised when the next moral standard (if there are any left) falls either.

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  6. Ter: Superb post. See with you posting quality stuff like this I should go on permanent hiatus.

    Notice I'm commenting and reading, honey pie! :-)

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  7. Having a practicing gay guy as ordained clergy--when practicing homosexual acts has ALWAYS been against Christian teaching--is kinda like throwing out reason for someone's fantasy. Not a good way to run a church--truth never changes.

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  8. Carol3:11 PM

    When push comes to shove, I become an optimist -- this move on the part of the Lutheran church will only point more to the Church's fidelity to holiness; the Catholic Church will never say, "If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em."

    Also, tho' (for Anonymous), if one looks at early Church writings, one sees that the Popes were up in arms over the terribly sinful and nearly amoral condition of the world.

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