..hat tip to TSO
So Republican rhetoric about the Democrats' having adopted a "religious test for office" is not true. It is true, however, that the Democrats have adopted the next best thing. They have a viewpoint test for office that has the effect of screening out all Catholics faithful to their church's teachings on abortion. The fact that the test screens out a lot of Protestants, too, makes the problem worse, not better. It really is true that faithful Catholics "need not apply" as far as most Democrats are concerned. A Catholic can win their support only by ceasing, on the decisive issue, to be Catholic — by breaking from his church's teaching, as Senator Durbin has done. (It is rather disgraceful for a man who went in six years from supporting the Human Life Amendment to supporting partial-birth abortion to keep carrying on about the extremism of people whose beliefs have been less supple.)
Thus, it is out of our commitment to communion that my colleagues and I are
calling ECUSA to a focused reflection upon the Scriptural constraints that must mark our teaching about sexuality. We wish to be instruments in your ability
to be freed from cultural limitations, rather than be enslaved to them. After all, part of the grace of communion is that we each welcome from one another
the clarifying and liberating light of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The pope made two other U.S. appointments Friday. He named the Rev. Peter Jugis, 46, as bishop of Charlotte, N.C., and Monsignor Sam Jacobs, 65, as bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, La. Jacobs had been serving as bishop of Alexandria, La.
I feel my own conscience getting closer and closer to making the same decision.[to leave] It tears me apart to see no prospect of the Catholic Church ending its war on gay people and their dignity in my lifetime. In fact, I think it's getting worse; and the next Pope from the developing world could make the current one seem humane. Leaving the sacraments would be a huge blow to the soul; but the pope just called the love I have for my boyfriend "evil." That's a word he couldn't bring himself to use about Saddam Hussein. How can I recognize what I know to be true with what the Pope has just said? I cannot. It doesn't leave many options but departure.
The mention of "evil" in the document:
Where the government's policy is de facto tolerance and there is no explicit legal recognition of homosexual unions, it is necessary to distinguish carefully the various aspects of the problem. Moral conscience requires that, in every occasion, Christians give witness to the whole moral truth, which is contradicted both by approval of homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons. Therefore, discreet and prudent actions can be effective; these might involve: unmasking the way in which such tolerance might be exploited or used in the service of ideology; stating clearly the immoral nature of these unions; reminding the government of the need to contain the phenomenon within certain limits so as to safeguard public morality and, above all, to avoid exposing young people to erroneous ideas about sexuality and marriage that would deprive them of their necessary defences and contribute to the spread of the phenomenon. Those who would move from tolerance to the legitimization of specific rights for cohabiting homosexual persons need to be reminded that the approval or legalization of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil.
Comment and be kind. Imagine, not that Andrew Sullivan, along with the authors of the letters he quotes, is a collection of bytes in cyberspace, but is, say, your son, your brother or your friendly neighbor. Speak to him that way. Because, in a way, he is.