See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The awful truth.

So anyway, not that it matters...
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I really hate writing about how homosexual men should not be ordained - but it is the 'rule' and I for one see the wisdom in it, even though my contemporaries do not.  Yet as I always say, men with this tendency have always been ordained, and always will be - it is a mystery of divine grace I suppose, because frankly, if it hadn't been for some priest/confessors who just happened to be 'same-sex attracted' - albeit completely faithful to Church teaching - I may never have made it this far.  Therefore, it needs to be acknowledged that there are very good faithful men who know what it is to struggle and suffer and remain faithful amidst enormous temptation, suspicion and contempt.  Some may even be bishops, and some - by now - may even be Vatican prelates.  Yet they stand by Church teaching and support it.  In the meantime, if Christ calls a man to the priesthood... who am I to say anything?  All things are possible with God.
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Nevertheless, I believe the following from Chilean Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez is the truth:


Reacting to Argentina’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the cardinal said that “the Church distinguishes the homosexual tendency and homosexual practice. If a person has a homosexual tendency it is a defect, as if one lacked an eye, a hand, a foot.” On the other hand, homosexual activity, he noted, is immoral.
“In my life as a priest, I have had [pastoral] care of many people with this problem,” he added. Some, like alcoholics, have overcome this tendency by “discipline, education, or reeducation,” he said, while others have heroically resisted this tendency for their entire lives.
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In a 2002 letter, Cardinal Medina Estévez, in his capacity as a Vatican prefect, had reiterated the Church’s discipline against ordaining men with homosexual inclinations.
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“Ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood of homosexual men or men with homosexual tendencies is absolutely inadvisable and imprudent and, from the pastoral point of view, very risky,” he wrote. “A homosexual person, or one with a homosexual tendency is not, therefore, fit to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders.”  - Source
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The dogs bark but the caravan moves on...
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Such a clear statement by the Cardinal prefect seems contradictory to reality, huh? But there is no accounting for God's grace. (And clearly, my opinion on the subject doesn't matter.) That said, I wholeheartedly accept the teaching of the Church on faith and morals. Sadly, many people will continue to ask for clearer statements until they hear what they want to hear - that will never happen however.

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That's all.

7 comments:

  1. I wouldn't have taken down the post with the "science" in it, buddy. I think stuff like that is a big part of the very issue which you address here.

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  2. I'll put it back up then.

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  3. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Terry,
    interesting that you wrote on this, for I was just think about this very topic. It surprises me to read this from Cardinal Estevez, because in an interview Archbishop Dolan (who has great experience with priestly formation from his time as rector at the Pont. N. American College, and not a recalcitrant bishop) stated that a man with same-sex attrations, who lives a life of virtue, and didn't define his being by these urges, who is faithful to the teachings of the Church, could enter the seminary. Some say YES or NO, and do not explain why. Like you wrote, there is so much conflict here. Does this make Dolan, an orthodox Archbishop, wrong or misguided?

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  5. God's grace aside, (not that it doesn't matter, but just for the sake of seeking understanding) if ordination to any ministry (diaconate, priesthood AND episcopacy -- which gets left out in Estévez's statement) is not advisable, then how about admission to religious life - male or female....
    This IS an issue for me: my religious female counterparts say "this (dealing with homosexual candidates) is not our problem" and for myself, as a formator in a male order, I have to say to candidates, "it's okay for you to take vows but not to take vows and be ordained". And of course, Terry, I am sure you have your collection of horror stories in monasteries (male and female).

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  6. michael r.7:23 PM

    "Sadly, many people will continue to ask for clearer statements until they hear what they want to hear - that will never happen however." -- Quite a statement!

    The problem is precisely that there are those like the Chilean Cardinal who say & do one thing,
    and the Cardinal of New York who is doing something else -- from the sounds of it, if anonymous is correct. Your answer to anonymous is exactly what I believe.

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