Patti Mengers’ headline at Daily Local leads us to believe that there are Catholics upset with Archbishop Chaput over his marriage guide. The headline reads “Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput’s marriage guide upsetting to some Catholics.” The article makes no mention, however, of anyone specifically being upset.
The article quotes Kevin Hughes, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, who speculates that some may have a problem with it, but he also says that many “have applauded” +Chaput’s clarification.
“Many have worried about what seem to be ambiguities in ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and they have applauded Archbishop Chaput’s effort to clarify these ambiguities. Many others see the guidelines as an effort to push closed what they thought might have been an ‘open door’ in the pope’s document, and they are disappointed to see the door closed,” said Hughes.
Of course, no matter what the Church says, some will be happy and some will be upset. It has ever been so. You would think, though, that if her headline says that people are upset, she might quote some people who are…well…upset.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
Some things are so painful, I can barely even bring myself to comment on them. Such is the news that Bishop Robert McElroy claims that the Catechism of the Catholic Church uses “very destructive language” when it comes to homosexuality.
McElroy told America that the Church should use “inclusive, embracing,” and “pastoral” language when referring to the same-sex attracted and sexual acts between people of the same sex.
Labeling homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered,” as the Catechism does, is “very destructive language that I think we should not use pastorally,” McElroy said.
Read about it at LifeSiteNews.
This matters so much to me personally because, you see, I have a disorder. Did you know that we all have a disorder? It’s called “fallen human nature” due to “Original Sin.” None of us are worthy of heaven. All of us deserve hell. We are all called, however, to let God help us to rise above the disorder with His grace, to become the saints He created us to be.
The idea that I should be offended in some way because the Church says that I am disordered makes me want to pull my hair out and scream….but that would be giving in to my disorder, so I will just sit here and shake my head and pray for the Church, thereby rising above my disorder.
See how that works?
Some people don’t want to rise above disorder. They want to wallow in it and be praised for wallowing in it. God help us.
David Gibson of Religion News Service opines, via The Catholic Register, that Pope Francis is able to speak the way he does about “gays” because he has “gay” friends. Gibson quotes the very “gay”-friendly Fr. James Martin in suggesting that bishops like Cardinal Napier and Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski just need “gay” friends to cure their problem with “gays.”
For one thing, the experience of Catholic bishops may not track that of the wider public, which in recent years has grown used to gays and lesbians coming out of the closet to family and friends.
That’s not the case in the church, said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at America magazine; gay people can be fired from church posts if they are open about their sexual identity.
“A gay friend of mine who worked for several years for an otherwise compassionate bishop told me that the bishop made so many snide comments about gay people, in my friend’s presence, that there was no way he would ever be ‘out’ with him,” said Martin, who has called on the institutional church to be more outspoken for the gay community.
“So it’s no wonder that many don’t know many gays or lesbians,” Martin wrote in an email. “The way to heal this is for bishops to do a simple thing: Get to know the LGBT community and listen to them.”
Francis himself has gay friends, and that may be one reason he is able to speak as he does.
I would offer that people who identify as “gay” have no intention of “being friends” with those who speak as the Holy Spirit would have them speak. The only way to be friends with those who identify as “gay” is to speak quite differently than the Holy Spirit would have them speak. Ergo, Pope Francis has “gay” friends because he will not speak as the Holy Spirit would have him speak. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit prevents him from speaking this way when he is speaking from the Chair of Peter. Pope Francis is only able to speak that way when he is, say, giving an interview on an airplane.