Good for him. The Catholic Church never taught that he was.
It's clear and concise.
Fr. Z tackles Fr. James Martin's claim that the LGBTQ hasn't received the Church's teaching, after Fr. Martin wrote: "To take a theological perspective, a teaching must be “received” by the faithful." Fr. Z makes the distinction and corrects Fr. Martin's misunderstanding as regards sensus fidei fidelium:
The sensus fidei fidelium is real and serious. However, the problem with lib claims about the sensus fidei fidelium is that the sensus has to be that precisely of the fidelium… the FAITHFUL. You have to be faithful to the Church and her teachings to have the “sense/grasp/perception” of the Faith. To bring in Augustine: Nisi credideritis non intelligetis… Unless you will have first believed you will not understand. - Fr. Z
Works for me.
I just wish Fr. Z would let go of the jibes and labels he's so fond of. What he says might not be rejected out of hand so quickly. It turns people off - not his followers of course, and I get it that he and others don't care about that. They live in 'camps' - liberals and progressives, and I guess, conservatives.
One thing I'd like to comment on what Fr. Martin actually said,
“Theologically speaking, you could say that these teachings have not been “received” by the L.G.B.T. community, to whom they were directed.” Fr. Martin, SJI'm not sure the teachings were directed at the LGBTQ. The instruction, or catechesis is directed to and for the faithful, or the catechumen interested in becoming Catholic. I may be wrong, but the catechism is intended to educate, to catechize the believer, but it's not necessarily intended to proselytize non-believers.
That kind of popped out at me.
I think Courage Apostolate is sometimes misinterpreted in the same manner. It is often seen by critics to be a program of rehabilitation, or a group to change homosexuals from gay to straight, as well as an evangelical outreach to convert homosexuals. When in fact, it was founded as a support for men and women who wish to live chaste, celibate lives in fidelity to Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality. I'm thinking Fr. Martin may even be prejudiced against chaste-gay groups on account of such misunderstanding. Catholic teaching and groups like Courage are for those who accept it, those who wish to sanctify their lives in and through the spiritual support the group offers, and so on.
Those who reject Catholic teaching are free to do so. As Benedict XVI said, "the Church does not impose but freely proposes the Catholic faith." I have friends who reject Catholic teaching - it's their business, their prerogative, even if they reject me for believing as I do. This should not be forced as a politicized issue - except when it introduced as a civil issue, as in legalizing gay marriage for instance. Then voters have the right to be informed and to vote their conscience. Catholics will necessarily consult Catholic social teaching and other resources. Yet I think it is wrong to reduce Catholic teaching to a problem between liberals and conservatives. In and of itself, such arguments detract from the faith, or at least tarnish it.
Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles to the Church. - USCCB
Around 1982, when I initially discovered Courage and met with Fr. Harvey in the hope of establishing a Courage chapter in the Twin Cities, I was attracted to the spirituality and the idea of a support group for those who believed they were alone in the struggle to live chastely, surrounded by so much opposition. At the time Dignity was gaining popularity, yet was against Catholic teaching on sexuality, and members lobbied for the Church to change not only the language, but her teaching as well.
The CDF came out with Letter(s) to Bishops on the pastoral care of persons with homosexual inclination, to advise and clarify Catholic teaching, and so on. Once again, the CDF instructions were addressed to bishops, priests and the faithful - not the LGBTQ 'community'.
Know what I'm saying?