The lines are being drawn

The lines are being drawn

I made this point in a previous post, but just so that it isn’t missed I wanted to put it in its own post.

The nice thing about this Instruction on homosexuals in the seminary is that it is concise, forthright, and to the point. It is written in such a way that any layman of average intelligence can understand its meaning and even the mainstream media knows which bits to quote. In short, it doesn’t read like something written by a committee.

The beauty of this document is that it provides a clear dividing line. On one side will be those who approach the document honestly and admit its clear meaning: Homosexual men are not to be ordained and those with homosexual tendencies must rid themselves of such first.

On the other side will be those who twist themselves into knots trying to get the document to say what it does not say, i.e. the “spirit” of the document. Either they will say that the Instruction is purely advisory or doesn’t carry the force of law or the Pope’s authority; or they will say that it is merely a reminder that priests and seminarians should be celibate and chaste; or that it addresses both homosexuals and heterosexuals, telling that their orientations should not dominate their personalities (thanks to Bishop Skylstad for that one).

Of course there will also be those who acknowledge the document says what it says and respond shrilly, wailing about discrimination or oppression or that this will decimate the priesthood or some such silliness.

In any case, wherever you see in the coming days anyone—especially someone in a collar—coming out against this Instruction and its clear meaning, you will know exactly where he stands and where he’s coming from. Thank you Pope Benedict for making it so easy to expose those who are working from a different agenda.

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Domenico Bettinelli
  • Once they have exposed themselves, what will be the next step?  What does a faithful Catholic do when he discovers that his bishop is on the wrong side?

  • To Carrie, I’m not sure of what the correct answer is, but here is what I plan to do in such a situation:

    1) Pray, pray, pray—Try to beat with the heart of the Church using sound devotions.  Gather other like-minded stalwarts like yourselves for prayerful support.
    2) Instruct myself on proper Catholic teaching from sound sources—The Bible, the Catechism, the magisterial documents, etc.  Try to think like the Church even if my shepherd doesn’t. 
    3) Seek out others of like mind and heart both in my diocese and from the outside. Man is a social animal and we need the help of others.
    4) Appeal in writing to the bishop’s metropolitan—The metropolitan is usually an Archbishop in a large diocese who can nudge the rebel in the right direction if he himself is orthodox.
    5) Write letters to the Vatican and seek canonical help torelive the oppressive situation.

    Anyone else have any suggestions?