This week Pope Francis reiterated the 2005 Vatican statement on GAYS AND PRIESTHOOD.
“The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture’. Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women.”
THOSE: 1. WHO PRACTICE HOMOSEXUALITY - 2. WHO HAVE DEEP SEATED HOMOSEXUAL TENDENCIES - 3. WHO SUPPORT THE GAY CULTURE Cannot be admitted to the seminary And cannot be ordained priests.
I TOTALLY and ABSOLUTELY disagree with the Vatican and Francis and urge Catholics to ignore their medieval views. THOSE WHO PRACTICE HOMOSEXUALITY:
"Those who practice homosexuality" is a very wide term indeed. It includes promiscuous priests who have accounts on GRINDR, BAREBACKrt, FABGUYS and priests who sleep with multiple partners, have unprotected sex, visit gay saunas, engage in a number of philias including Pope Francis' favourite - coprophilia, etc. etc. But it also includes priests who are emotionally and sexually mature and integrated, LOVE one man for many years or a life time, exhibit high moral fibre, emphasise love, commitment, behave in a discreet fashion and who bring EVERYTHING THEY ARE AND HAVE to God and his service. I can understand Frankie & Co having a problem with the first kind of priest. But I cannot understand them having any problem with the second kind - as the second kind, to my mind, is totally acceptable to God and is living a life within God's primary commandments. The Vatican and the Pope are tarring all gay priests - and indeed all gay people - with the one brush. It is perfectly good before God and his Christ for good moral gay people to love each other and to experience sexual intimacy as part of that love. We cannot reduce morality to sexual morality. We cannot exclude from the priesthood good, moral gay men in whose hearts God has placed the call to priesthood. THOSE WHO HAVE DEEP SEATED HOMOSEXUAL TENDENCIES:
Most normal people have deep seated sexual tendencies. Most heterosexual people have deep seated heterosexual tendencies. And most homosexual people have deep seated homosexual tendencies. Sexual tendencies by their very nature are deep seated. In fact they are so deep seated they are part of our basic human instincts. Are you telling me that Pope Francis does not possess deep seated sexual tendencies? If he does not he is suffering form some form of sexual abnormality or syndrome. Surely what matters from the moral and Christian point of view is WHAT WE DO with our deep seated sexual tendencies? If a man has a deep seated sexual attraction to children - and is aware of those tendencies - and has never acted out on them - and is sexually integrated - then that man has done no wrong - either from the Christian or moral point of view - or indeed from the legal point of view. In fact, to me, that man is a brave man, a strong man, a moral man, a responsible man, - even a hero - even a good self sacrificing man. And maybe even a saint! Every seminarian, every priest, every bishop and every pope has deep seated sexual tendencies. Its what he does with those tendencies that make him either a rogue or a responsible Christian man. If only those men with no deep seated sexual tendencies are suitable for the priesthood then the only suitable people for seminaries and priesthood are EUNUCHS! They are few and far between. THOSE WHO SUPPORT GAY CULTURE:
What is gay culture? Do they mean those of us who think that gay people - like everyone else in the world - should have equal human and civil rights? Do they mean those of us who believe that gay people should be allowed to have civil marriages and adopt children? Do they mean those of us who believe that gay people should not be discriminated against ? Or bullied ? Or tortured ? Or be given the death penalty ? In the modern world all of us are called upon to be tolerant of all genuine cultures. I live in Northern Ireland and do not understand or appreciate the Orange Culture - but I want to be tolerant of that culture especially when it is not expressed in extreme. No do I understand or appreciate Islam. But I want to be tolerant of my Islamic brothers and sisters. I might not want my sister to dress like some Islamic women do. But I want to be tolerant of their culture - again if it is not extreme. Jesus told us to TREATY OTHERS AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED YOURSELF. CHRISTIANITY is a MINORITY religion. Only 17% of the world population is Christian. That means that 83 % of the world population is non Christian. We Christians want people to be tolerant of our Christianity. We in turn must be tolerant of all others. The problem with the Vatican is that it has a SEX PROBLEM. It does not really like SEX at all. It thinks that SEX is dirty. It thinks that the SOUL is good and that the BODY is bad. And all these Vatican and Papal statements emanate from a Body and people who are sexually, mentally, academically, scientifically, misguided. THE PRACTICAL ISSUES: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin accepts gay men for the priesthood and is willing to ordain gay men. The other Irish Catholic Bishops are the same. As a result of this document and statement by Pope Francis are they now going to expel all gay seminarians and priests? If they do so - Maynooth will have about 5 seminarians for the whole country. AND - Between 50 and 90 % of clerical positions in Ireland will have to be vacated. During the summer we came across the case of Deacon Michael Gorgeous Byrne - a
deacon and seminarian for the Archdiocese of Dublin. I have it IN WRITING from Gorgeous that he told Diarmuid Martin he is a gay man.
We know that Diarmuid has recently reappointed priests who were not only gay - but actively gay - to parishes in his SECRET APPOINTMENTS LIST. Is Archbishop Diarmuid Martin being DISOBEDIENT to Pope Francis and the Vatican? Will we see him ordain Gorgeous in a bit ceremony in Dublin's Pro Cathedral next June? If Diarmuid Martin is happy to ignore Papal and Vatican documents and instructions - why should we pay them any attention?
NEW STATEMENT FROM FATHER X
I wish to make it clear that I have not been sent for by my bishop or removed from ministry.
I am, as promised, seriously considering all comments made to me on this blog.
In fact I will be in attendance at the funeral of Bishop Gerard Clifford on Thursday in Dundalk.