Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix is on a roll. The Arizona Republic reports that he has written the second of three promised columns on homosexuality. In this one he goes public with his previously private admonition to seven Phoenix priests who signed the No Longer Silent pro-gay petition. (It was the priests who had publicized his letter to them). Only two priests have refused to recant.
In addition to reaffirming that homosexual activity is sinful and homosexuals are called to a life of chastity, he affirms that every person, including gays, are made in the image and likeness of God and that they should be treated with love and dignity. He also says that Catholics should “look for an opportunity to invite them back to the faithful practice of a life of abstinence.” That’s a lot better than what most of them get know which is the pablum of “You’re okay, I’m okay, we are what God made us.” Yeah, just like Osama and Saddam. We are all damaged in some way, by sin, by disease, by genetic predispositions. We’re not called to celebrate and embrace those parts, but to reject that which detracts from the image of God in us. Homosexuality is one of those things.