Tuesday, October 14, 2008


To show an ugly side of part of the institutional Church in the face of heroism, the following commentary was made on a website that says it provides "Internet users with reliable Catholic editorial oversight, commentary, and direction," and it bills itself as "one of the first, largest, and most well-known faithful Catholic websites on the Internet." [See here.]

In today's post regarding the heroic stand taken by a Roman Catholic priest who no longer could align himself with the hateful and destructive teachings of the Roman Catholic Church regarding Gay people, the commentator on the blog, "Catholic Culture: Living the Catholic Life," wrote the following:

"If [Father Geoffrey Farrow's] parishioners were tossing a few dollars in the collection basket every week, thinking that they were paying the upkeep of a loyal Catholic minister, they've been conned.

"But let's not look backward. Healing and growth, baby!"

[For the full post, see here.]

To whom is this callous response of this "well-known Catholic website" referring?

It's referring to a truly heroic Roman Catholic priest, Father Geoffrey Farrow:

In a mass he gave, he said the following:

"'The statement made by the bishop reaffirms the feelings of exclusion and alienation that are suffered by individuals and their loved ones who have left the Church over this very issue," Farrow told parishioners during the Mass. "Imagine what hearing such damaging words at Mass does to an adolescent who has just discovered that he/she is gay/lesbian?'"

Father Fallow, for his heroic stand against his Bishop who, like other Bishops, are telling their priests to tell their congregations to vote for Proposition 8 in California that seeks to overturn the California State Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex marriages in the state, has been dismissed from his role as priest at the Newman Center.

"'He's no longer a pastor at the Newman Center," [Deacon Jesse] Avila said of Farrow. 'We have appointed a temporary administrator and we are currently looking for a priest to serve as a pastor for long term.'

"After Farrow's statements at the Oct. 5 mass, [Bishop John] Steinbock issued a report defending the Diocese of Fresno's stance on Proposition 8 and saying it does not discriminate against gays or lesbians.

"'It is tragic that Proposition 8 opponents have convinced some well-intentioned people that Proposition 8, as a legitimate legislative initiative to define the institution of marriage, is somehow a condemnation of people of same sex orientation,' Steinbock said in a Oct. 6 report. "Nothing could be further from the truth."

[For the full article, see here.]

So, in addition to callousness, we also have some sort of twisted double-think where to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry is somehow construed as not being discriminatory or condemning of "people of same sex orientation."

What else is it but discrimination and condemnation if you say that same-sex orientation is "intrinsically disordered," and that same-sex couples are to be denied the same civil rights that are enjoyed by heterosexual couples; you actively tell all who would presume to be "faithful Catholics" to vote for this discriminatory proposition?

What else is it but discrimination and condemnation when you consign Gay people to a netherworld of "disordered" people who must live lives of unfulfillment if they are to be in God's will?

And then we wonder why intelligent, sensitive, people are turned off of Christianity, and why there is so much hatred and discrimination visited upon LGBT people!

The legalists, perfectionists, and those who have the temerity to speak exclusion (but not calling it "discrimination" and "condemnation") of others in the name of God have done more than the devil himself could do to make Christians look like a pack of harsh, judgmental haters.

Can you imagine the horrible impact that the Roman Catholic Church's stand on same-sex love has on impressionable Gay and other youth, and how its message of Gay people being "disordered" plays out in so many people's lives?
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