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A debate out west, pt. 2 April 21, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.

Here in the 2nd part of this topic, I present the views of Fr. Michael Rodriguez, who takes a far more traditional view of Church Authority on issues of Faith and Morals:

It behooves me to emphasize the following truths to all the Catholic faithful of our diocese: Every single Catholic has the absolute duty to oppose the murder of unborn babies; every single Catholic has the absolute duty to oppose any government attempt to legalize homosexual unions.

The Holy Catholic Church has the power, given to her by Jesus Christ himself, to teach infallibly in the areas of faith and morals. Basing herself on sacred tradition and sacred Scripture, and in virtue of what is called her universal, ordinary Magisterium, the church teaches infallibly that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered, a grave depravity, and mortally sinful.

This is an absolute truth — revealed by God — which all Catholics must accept and believe, period. If you don’t accept this church teaching, then you are, by definition, no longer in communion with the Catholic Church.

Rome has already spoken on this matter. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated, “all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions,” and “the Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to the legal recognition of homosexual unions.”

I know firsthand that this is not a popular teaching. Believe me, as a pastor of souls, I’m in the “trenches” on a daily basis. I too, have people who are dear to me, with strong homosexual inclinations.

Nevertheless, we must always strive to love God and

to trust in him: We must be obedient to his commandments whatever the cost. This is what it means to be a true Catholic.

If God establishes a commandment, it’s because he loves us and wants us to get to heaven. The Catholic Church seeks, first and foremost, the salvation of our souls — we must trust in her teachings above all else, and live by them.

If you are homosexual and are valiantly struggling to be true to our Savior Jesus Christ and his church, take courage! Keep up the fight against the devil, the world, and the flesh, and entrust yourself to the maternal protection of the Mother of God! Know that you are in my prayers.

The action taken by City Council is gravely harmful to the common good of our city and contrary to a proper understanding of justice. As Roman Catholics, we are obligated to undo the wrong that they have committed.

This is certainly a “religious issue” because people are trying to redefine marriage and morality.

The trite and superficial arguments which are being set forth in support of homosexual activity are seriously flawed. Not one person has addressed the moral issue of right vs. wrong, which forms the necessary rational foundation for notions like “justice” and “compassion.”

For example, this foundation is the reason that we oppose pedophilia. It’s not that the perpetrator is not “equal,” nor do we consider this “discrimination,” because our “rational” sense of right and wrong “trumps” everything else.

Moreover, homosexual supporters are ignoring the necessary distinction between the person and his actions; and none of them have acknowledged that the preponderance of the scientific evidence is firmly against genetic causes for homosexuality.

My friends, who’s forcing beliefs upon whom here?

We’re not the ones using deceptive lingo, e.g., “partners in a committed relationship,” to “force” a redefinition of marriage upon society. We’re not the ones “forcing” taxpayers to support a skewed notion of “equality.”

In closing, I welcome anyone, especially religious and political leaders, to a public debate on this issue.

I’d say that Fr. Rodriguez is getting his debate.   There is nothing really new here, these are the views the Church has espoused for millenia.   That so few people today seem to understand this is a sad reflection on Catholic formation. But, things are changing.  People have seen the results of radical innovations run amock for 40+ years, and they don’t like them.  The younger generations are increasingly orthodox in their views.  Christ will continue to lead his Church in Truth, as He always does.  Eventually, this too shall pass.


1. Miss Linda - April 22, 2010

I agree with you, Christ will continue to lead the Barque of Peter. Thank God for faithful and courageous priests like Fr. Rodriguez who speak the truth when it is popular and when it is less so.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:2-5)

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