Rev. Paul Kalchik
My readers will know his story, supposedly Fr. K burned a controversial Rainbow flag outside his parish and prayed prayers of exorcism, disobeying Cardinal Cupich's orders not to do so. This poor priest is now the focus of LGBTQ protests and detraction. New Ways Ministry has written an offensive post on how hurt LGBTQ Catholics happen to be, and other sources are repeating verses from the catechism on how LGBTQ people are supposed to be treated, and suggesting burning flags will lead to burning people. They are already smarting from the fact that many of us are insisting the abuse scandal is in fact a gay scandal. (The McCarrick case changed everything and pretty much exposed what many call gay network among clergy.)
Fr. Kalchik spoke out because he himself had been sexually abused by a priest when he was 17, I think. Pray for him. I'm praying for him and all priests who stand up for the truth. Fr. Z actually has the latest on developments related to Fr. Kalchik.
(I know I'm linking to sources some of my readers do not like, so maybe don't read me on these issues.)
Catholics are in denial.
Dr. Mirus has a comprehensive article, In denial about not ordaining homosexuals, which I very much agree with. Mirus lists fallacies regarding the abuse crisis and Catholic teaching. He also lists every official Catholic Church prohibition against ordaining homosexuals. As I have often repeated, Mirus also points out that dispensations abound to those rules.
I think Mirius may go a step too far by suggesting 'homosexuals be eliminated from the priesthood' which sounds like those already ordained be laicized. Canonically that would only work in the case of actual sexual misconduct - I think. That said, some priests with a homosexual inclination, already ordained, are faithful, chaste and celibate, and in no way advocate for LGBTQ causes. These men should be left alone. I'm of the opinion such priest not be made bishops or put in charge of formation. But that's my personal opinion. The place to start is to follow the instructions as to who can be admitted to seminary and religious life.
This contemporary issue was first settled in 2002 in response to a question from a bishop, which was answered on May 16th by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments:
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. A homosexual person, or one with a homosexual tendency is not, therefore, fit to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders. - Mirus
Note; I don't 'follow' Catholic Culture nor Dr. Mirus - I know little about the site, I just happen to agree with much of what he had to say in the article. I also have compassion for Fr. Kalchik and thoroughly understand a priest is to be obedient to his bishop, however, this case seems to me to be taking on a highly politicized tone, and it seems to me the bishop in this case needs to stand with the priest as regards Catholic teaching. Ordering psychiatric evaluation seems a bit like the clericalism the Holy See condemns these days.
Song for this post here.