“The public conduct in this case is two members of the same sex
attempting what some states recognize as marriage.
The Church teaches with infallible certainty that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman.
To act in this way against this core Catholic teaching
is to fulfill the conditions laid out in canon 915, forcing the minister’s hand.” - Dr. Peters
Actually, I had waited to post - several days in fact. I have to always remind myself how MSM spins stories to garner sympathy for gay people who act contrary to Catholic teaching, and expect Church approval nonetheless.
When I first read the story of Tom Wojtowick and Paul Huff, kicked off the choir, banned from communion at their parish because they got married in Seattle, I felt sorry for them. I had to read all that was available in order to understand what happened. I recognized that the local Bishop was acting in accord with Catholic teaching, but I still felt sorry for the guys.
Today I found out more details on the story. Deacon Kandra posted:
A newspaper in Billings, Montana takes a closer look at the story of two gay men who were removed from ministry after they married each other. Among other things, it reveals that one of the men is a former priest. - Read the rest here.It changes everything.
Though 'elderly' these guys are not vulnerable adult victims. They know Catholic teaching, they knew what they were doing, and as one of them declared:
“We didn’t start this fight, but we’re not going to cave in and back out of it,” Huff said Wednesday, sitting in the breakfast nook next to Wojtowick, his partner of 30 years, in their house on a 52-acre ranch north of town.No doubt they were ready for a fight.
Mr. Wojtowick had been a priest. An alcoholic, in recovery he realized he was gay. He left priesthood.
In 1976, Wojtowick came to realize he was an alcoholic. In treatment, realizing he had to be absolutely honest with himself, Wojtowick acknowledged he was gay.
By 1983, he decided it was time to leave the priesthood.
“I loved my work, but it was pretty obvious to me that I was designed to be with someone,” he said.As a former priest he should have known better than to attempt same sex marriage and expect to be admitted to Communion.
Matt Archbold made an interesting point regarding the predicament posed by the civil marriage of the two men:
This is a sad situation but I'm more interested in what one of the men involved said to the media. Exhibiting incredulity, he said, "We didn't think anything would happen, church is one thing, civil society is another." - Matt ArchboldMatt Archbold goes on to point out how some theologians and Catholics are tempted to use the separation of church and state argument to justify civil gay marriage. Matt points out how ludicrous such thinking is, concluding, "More than just the separation of Church and state they are arguing for a separation of life from the Gospel, and the Church from the soul."
Like I said, a former priest should have known better.
Mr. Huff and Mr. Wojtowick can't have there wedding cake and eat it too.
Song for this post here.