MAYNOOTH - THE MORAL CONTEXT
EVERY SEMINARIAN entering Maynooth these days knows what the Roman Catholic teaching on sexuality and homosexuality is.
The Roman Catholic Religion teaches that sex is only allowed inside the context of marriage and must be open to reproduction.
It also believes that homosexual acts are "gravely disordered" and are mortal sins.
If you enter Maynooth as a seminarian knowing these teachings and intend to be sexually active as a seminarian and a priest you are entering Maynooth under FALSE PRETENCES!
Just like if you enter into the RC Sacrament of Marriages intending not to have children you are entering that marriage under FALSE PRETENCES.
In fact if you did that the RC Religion would declare your marriage to be NULL and VOID.
That begs the question about those seminarians who take Holy Orders not intending to be CELIBATE. Are those Holy Orders null and void?
PERSONALLY, I DO NOT AGREE with the RC teachings on sex, celibacy and homosexuality.
I believe that CELIBACY should be OPTIONAL.
I believe that straight seminarians and priests should be allowed to take a wife.
I believe that gay seminarians and priests should be allowed to have a committed partner.
And I believe that most Catholics these days would agree with my views and beliefs.
If you want to be an RC seminarians and priest, knowing their teachings, I believe that you have a moral responsibility to accept those teachings until they change. And, if you like you can be part of the campaign to change them.
However, to be a seminarian or priest within the RC system - and to pretend you are keeping the rules - but are really not - are you not being a HYPOCRITE?
How can you stand up at Mass on a Sunday and preach RC teachings and have a secret life?
And if you do - does that not make you a HYPOCRITE and a New Age PHARISEE.
This was the big problem with people like BISHOP EAMON CASEY; FATHER MICHAEL CLEARY; FATHER RORY COYLE; FATHER BRENDAN SMYTH and so many others.
They were preaching one set of values and practising another.
And all over Ireland today there are straight priests in every diocese and religious order carrying on with women even though they have taken VOWS and PROMISES of celibacy and chastity.
And all over Ireland today there are gay priests in every diocese and religious order carrying on with men even though they have taken VOWS and PROMISES of celibacy and chastity.
And in MAYNOOTH you have seminarians carrying on with men and women even though they are supposed to be preparing for CELIBACY and CHASTITY.
I'm sorry My Friend, if you are one of those you are a HYPOCRITE and a PHARISEE!
If you do not agree with the teachings - or if you are not living them - do the decent, honest, God fearing thing - and GET OUT!
And none of your excuses about not being trained for anything else, or not wanting to leave until your Mammy dies, or feeling called to priesthood but not celibacy washes - in God's eyes, in people's eyes or in my eyes.
There is NEVER a GOOD EXCUSE for not doing the RIGHT THING - or for continuing to do the WRONG THING!
Remember what Jesus said: "I WOULD WISH THAT YOU WERE EITHER HOT OR COLD. BUT YOU ARE LUKEWARM AND I WILL SPIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH"!
I am a openly gay man. I am living in an open civil partnership. Every member of my congregation knows all about me. They CHOOSE to support me as I am - not as I am pretending to be.
The RC RELIGION has put me out. Good! I am glad to be out. I am no longer a Roman Catholic. I am an Irish Catholic / Christian.
People know who I am and where I stand. Some agree with me and some disagree with me or even hate me.
But I am myself.
And so should you be.
Years ago a nun gave me a poster of a little chick breaking out of an egg and it read: "JESUS SETS YOU FREE TO BECOME ALL YOU WERE MEANT TO BE".
|ARE YOU PRETENDING TO BE A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHICKEN?|
I might, in some people's eyes be an UGLY DUCKLING!
|PAT AS A CLERICAL UGLY DUCKLING BEING CHASED OUT OF THE CHURCH BY CAHAL DALY|
PAINTED BY EAMON MURPHY - CARRICKFERGUS - WHO DIED TRAGICALLY
But at least I am not pretending to be a Roman Catholic Chicken.
What about you?