Friday, March 12, 2010

Another good priest caught up in the chaos.


"They are Catholics looking for salvation along with everyone else."
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Fr. Blake of St. Mary Magdalen's in Brighton (UK) has also come under fire for his use of language in discussing gay issues.  Father got a nasty call for using the term, "elements of the vociferous hedonistic gay lobby".  Of course there was nothing wrong at all with his choice of words because they are quite accurate.  No need to apologize for that.
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Instead, Father went on to explain the difference between the "elements of the vociferous hedonistic gay lobby" and his priestly care for the homosexual person.  I will reprint here what Father wrote since I think it may be helpful in understanding my previous post on a similar subject - Adam and Steve.
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Fr. Blake.
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"By using the term I was trying to suggest there were plenty of "gay" people who are neither vociferous or hedonistic, nor are in the lobby. That there are actually people who had a same sex attraction who might say they were homosexual or had a homosexual attraction or curiosity but would refuse to use the identity of being "gay", in part because it suggests a certain lifestyle and in part has certain political connotations.
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"... and are still faithful; that is heroism!"
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My parish has many single people. Some try to cope others are content with living lives on their own. Many have close friends, some share flats or houses with a particular friend, occasionally some define their friend as a "partner". It could be a business partner or any other form of partnership; I can't see the problem. Some might say they are "gay", I ask them if they believe what the Catholic Church teaches, they say "yes", they come to Mass, they go to confession, they pray, sometimes together; I can't see a problem. They support the Church they tell me about their brothers and sister, their nephews, their nieces, they regret they have never had children themselves; I feel sympathy. In the confessional they might tell me of the battle they have with their sexuality, sometimes of their defeats in this battle; I give absolution and a light penance, assure them of God's strength and often admire their extraordinary heroism and their great love of God and appreciation of his Grace. Are these "elements of the vociferous hedonistic gay lobby"? No, they are Catholics looking for salvation along with everyone else, bearing a very heavy cross. Often these men, occasionally women, have been distanced from the Church and have returned. Often they have misunderstood what the Church is saying and why, sometimes they have met deliberate cruelty and misunderstanding from priests, and are still faithful; that is heroism!
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As a Catholic priest one tends to pick up the debris of peoples' lives...
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As a Catholic priest one tends to pick up the debris of peoples' lives and hear almost too much of their pain and suffering. I am not sure that my caller has done many funerals for young gay men who have died of a drugs overdoses or suicide. I haven't kept a tally and I suspect many don't have a priest at their funeral but there have been a number over the last 10 years, outside of the gay community I can remember only one funeral for a man under 35 years old. There is a larger number of parents who ask for Masses to be said for dead gay children, their lives are torn apart when their offspring have died through suicide or drugs or AIDS. Then of course there are curious young men, exploring their sexual orientation, who have gone into bars and clubs and have got or been gotten high on drugs or drink and found themselves in someone's bed and things have gone much, much further than they had intended. I knew of one young man who had claimed he became HIV positive after one single encounter, I heard he killed himself. One hears of men too, who try to sleep with a different partner each night, of teenagers passed around from one older "lover" to another. I could go on and on, but I suspect you get the taste. This is what I meant by hedonistic gay lobby and I haven't even touched on the various fetish sub-groups. Why is it a lobby? Because it makes money for Brighton: money speaks." - Anger In the Lobby
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Pray for our priests.
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Image:  St. Vincent De Paul

5 comments:

  1. You give The Advocate a run for its money in your diligent coverage of All Things Gay.

    ;-)

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  2. I'm pretty good at it, huh? ;)

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  3. Aceman11:35 AM

    Sometimes the stories here are better than The Advocate's! ;-)

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  4. Satan assigns a demon for each task; ones for setting fires, ones to cause infestation, one s to tempt. The most powerful demon is that given the task of homosexuality. Fighting him is hard. I am not just speaking of a homo or lesbian struggling, but a man that has stepped up to the plate to engage the Demon of Homosexuality that souls captured by him may be freed.

    Pray for those good Christians that know their Catholicism and understand their duties and step up to the plate and lay their lives and fortunes on the line in order to do this type of penance for souls.

    To quote a night Shift Nurse that saw a man walking around her Nurses’ station praying the Rosary while attached to several I.V.s: "Hooray! for our Catholic Men" (the man could barely walk).

    He had been hospitalized after being attacked for helping his Priest and Confessor who was doing the Exorcism prayers. What did he do after getting released, a week later? Got right back in the fight.

    Hooray! indeed.

    Run, fight, or hold the light. But just don’t stand there.

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