Thursday, November 19, 2009

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All quiet on Chris West's front.
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Just kidding with the title.  Anyway.  If I post a lot of homosexual stuff these days it is because a lot of homo stuff is in the news.  It's cyclical you know.  As you may have noticed, and homosexuals frequently point this out to me because they don't want to hear nothin' bad about their baby, I tend to address queer issues when they get too queer.  So gay advocates make me out to be the bad guy, the dumb guy, the queer guy.
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New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problem.
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Neither are they the solution.  The Bishops (USCCB) funded a study in response to the sexual abuse scandal, which Cardinal George now claims to be over, move on, all of that.  The study contends abuse has fallen off because seminary training in sexuality is better - 'like stand in front of a mirror and...' never mind.  I'm not going there.  The investigation by the John Jay College of Law will be made public sometime next month, while a few details of the report have emerged from the Bishop's meeting in Baltimore this past week.  One item:
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"It's important to separate the sexual identity and the behavior," Terry said. "Someone can commit sexual acts that might be of a homosexual nature but not have a homosexual identity." Terry said factors such as greater access to boys is one reason for the skewed ratio. Smith also raised the analogy of prison populations where homosexual behavior is common even though the prisoners are not necessarily homosexuals, or cultures where men are rigidly segregated from women until adulthood, and homosexual activity is accepted and then ceases after marriage. - Source
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So... celibacy is the problem?  What?  Huh?
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Reading this, along with assorted post comments on various pro-homosexualist blogs, one might get the impression Catholic seminarians and priests are men herded into a lifestyle against their will, imprisoned by medieval rules of celibacy, while constrained in a sort of arrested development limbo, languishing in a metaphorical psycho-sexual torture chamber of unhappiness.  That is so stupid.  I find it totally inappropriate that seminarians would somehow be comparable to prison inmates in the study - I can understand that seculars might do so - I just find it unacceptable.  Such an  analogy could perhaps work for the reform school culture in early to mid-20th century Ireland - but not in seminary or monastic life in the United States during that period - or ever.  (Unless we're talking Legionaries of Christ of course.  Kidding.  Kind of.)
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Arrested development - a symptom of the age.
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Oh!  And for gay people to accuse gay priests - or any priest - of sexual immaturity or arrested development is amazing to me, since most same-sex attraction happens to be a by-product of arrested psycho-sexual development in the first place.  (I know - they deny that.)  So it is like the pot calling the kettle black.  Anyway, most men - straight or gay - if they have not consistently mortified, or at least achieved some level of discipline over their sexual appetites - pretty much revert back to their adolescent fantasy stage when sexual temptation arises - that is what is meant when men are accused of thinking with their...  pp.  That said, the majority of men ordained to the priesthood are usually as sexually mature and balanced as any healthy heterosexual man presenting for marriage.
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Gay is as gay does.
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So anyway - the other thing I want to say is that if a man, any man - a priest, a married man, public school teacher, doctor, guy next door, an uncle or your mother's live-in boyfriend -  seeks out a boy to have sex with - that's gay.  Okay?  It's always a gay act.  And a big NO here - to be sure - not all gay men are pederasts, that is, want sex with boys or teens.  But to try to separate the homosexual orientation from the act is political correctness run amok and another form of cover-up.  Just so, I am sure there are priests with homosexual inclination who have successfully renounced or abstained from sexual activity and romantic involvement for the sake of the Kingdom of God, and who live faithful, spiritually edifying and productive lives, without rebellion and or compromise - that is, 'selling their birthright for a meal' - in other words, settling for fleeting, sensual, worldly consolation, while forfeiting the eternal beatitude of Heaven.
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Courage
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Michael Bayly recently held a meeting for his CPCSM group, which he documented in a post on his blog, slamming Courage apostolate.  He had one guy, a former Courage member, 'survivor' as they say, witness to the horrors of the organization.  Therefore, this one anecdotal experience of a local Courage group is supposed to cancel out an otherwise successful apostolate that has the approval of the Roman Catholic Church?  Come on.
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Yes, Courage has links to NARTH an organization which supports 'reparative therapy' for people who would like to try and change or get rid of homosexual attraction.  Nevertheless, the fundamental principles of Courage do not require that person's with same-sex attraction change their orientation, rather Courage is established to support individuals who strive to live in accord with Church teaching regarding homosexuality.
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Even the American Psychological Association acknowledges that some highly motivated men and women want to change their orientation and that in some instances it is possible for some people to do so.  These people are sometimes recognized as ex-gays.  In addition, to deny that some people can change is to deny the power of Christ and grace - which is somewhat anti-Christian in my opinion.
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Enough said.
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I have to get back to painting, and perhaps I will write more about this later - but Courage is a good help to people struggling with homosexual tendencies as well as those who desire to leave the homosexual lifestyle behind.  It is not a requirement that Catholics with SSA join the group, nor does the Church ever require that they change their orientation - the Church asks only that the person repent of homosexual acts and live chastely in obedience to Church teaching.  This does not preclude chaste and celibate same sex friendships.  The Church recognizes that conversion is a process and that fallen human nature - men and women - are only able to 'strive to enter the narrow way' taught by Christ.  'What is impossible for man is possible for God.'  This is what Our Lord promises through his Church.
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If you don't like Courage or the Catholic Church, don't join - but at least try to keep the Commandments and permit others to do likewise.
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Photo:  Good seminarians.

7 comments:

  1. One more great post. Terry!
    I cannot add anything to what you said so eloquently.
    Somehow the whole "gay identity thing" becomes the focus, rather than being faithful to God and His Law.
    There are plenty of other people struggling with all kinds of sins, mightily, to adhere to Christ's Word.
    But to make gay/homosexual "identity"...something which defines and forms someone is just not right.
    We are all fallen creatures; we all have "fears to face" as a hymn in the Liturgy of the Hours says.
    Let's try to find some kind of way we can all be "reformed sinners" and stop the political you-know-what.

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  2. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Great post Terry. While reading it, I was not sure of your viewpoint-- do you think that SSA men you live a chaste and pure life should be admitted into a seminary? I recently talked with someone who thought that such men who presented themselves for Holy Orders would be damned. I don't think I would necessarly go that far for all circumstances, but I honestly could not give a decent answer to that statement.

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  3. Anonymous - I think with the Church on this one, which is that homosexual men should not be admitted to Holy Orders. As we all know, that has not always been the case. I cannot imagine anyone, officially speaking for the Church, be he a bishop, vocational director, seminary rector, priest - suggesting that a candidate with homosexual tendencies presenting for ordination would be damned. That's just dumb.

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  4. "Anyway, most men - straight or gay - if they have not consistently mortified, or at least achieved some level of discipline over their sexual appetites - pretty much revert back to their adolescent fantasy stage when sexual temptation arises-"

    I would say this is true for all people male and female and unfortunately when seen as a falsely predominantly male "problem" it perpetuates an ever present problem with females (i.e. see the growing list of public school teacher offenders). And when seeing it as only a male problem it focuses in even harder on priests. Society tends to denigrate men as mere animals. When in reality this is not a male/ female problem or celibacy/non-celibacy problem. It is a sin problem.

    So, when you believe you have evolved from an animal it is easy to believe that humans will behave like animals.

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  5. The official statement from Rome re: admitting men with homosexual identity, or whatever it was called, made a distinction between those who were "constitutionally" oriented to same sex attraction; and those for whatever reason fell into this vice without proper understanding or adequate human development that participated in homo-sex but were not in actuality, homosexuals (I hate this word because it is from Freudian analysis and is not accurate, but whatever).
    Some traditionalists had a "cow" about this; but I have to concur that this is the reality of our day and age. There are men who are either developmentally retarded (sorry for this word) or just confused. When they learn the Church's teaching and give themselves to a chaste living of a relationship with Christ, this whole thing ceases to be an issue.
    We cannot limit God's power to heal and restore.

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  6. Amen.

    So, some guys failed and now Courage is, reportedly, a waste of time.

    People fail every day. I'll probably fail at being a Saint. Does this mean it shouldn't be attempted? Dear God I hope not.

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  7. Just as an FYI:
    saw this today and thought you might be interested...on Christopher West.
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=17772&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+catholicnewsagency%2Fdailynews+(CNA+Daily+News)
    I respect Jim Likoudis very much and am glad that he has commented on the "questionable" sex-talk/TOB from the said C. West.

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