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Submitted by Steve Kellmeyer on Apr. 05, 2012.
The priests of Pittsburgh could have been much more succinct. They just want Bishop David Zubik to become Anglican. Why would that be a problem?
-----------------------------------------------------Steve, you couldn't define what the Anglicans believe if the salvation of your soul depended upon it.
The priests of Pittsburgh are very succinct---and Bishop Zubik is well aware of what they are stating (after all, he was a priest in the Pittsburgh Diocese---before he became bishop).
The problem is that the members of the USCCB need to remember that they are not the aristocratic Lords and Dukes of the Middle Ages. Nor are the priests and the laity uneducated peasants waiting for a few pearls of wisdom to fall from their bishops' lips.
American Catholics have the RIGHT to question and disagree with political concepts that American bishops embrace. And they also have the RIGHT to point out the glaring discrepancies between what the hierarchy teaches and the daily lived experiences of the people.
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05/06/12 10:33 AM
Sid2 wrote:I cannot c'np any of this document, but it illustrates the one, big happy family that is the RCC.
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11/15/12 06:37 AM
I am not a Catholic and certainly not a priest. But I would rather stick to my doctrinal beliefs and pastor a church of 1 than compromise those values/beliefs...
11/15/12 08:01 AM
The gay agenda includes using movements that are ostensibly well-intended, such as the movement to combat child sex abuse [particularly in the Church] to further their own interest [that of gaining wider and wider acceptance of their perverse lives.] By working hard to accuse the Church, they want to replace its leadership with their own sympathizers and then change the church's opposition to their sin into acceptance, even - God forbid- give it favor. If one doubts my words,take a look at web sites and blogs written by gays attacking the church over child abuse, opposition to gay marriage, abortion etc. They are there and going STRONG!
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12/23/12 08:32 AM
Maybe Notre Dame University is beginning to realize that cultivated rational thinking cannot continue to sustain excuses for the contradictions and hypocrisy perpetrated by so many leaders of its religious faith.
A very common misconception of Catholicism as a monolithic faith.
Fact of the matter is that each diocese or archdiocese pretty much runs its own affairs as it sees fit.
If you attended Mass in a parish of the Diocese of Arlington,(a conservative diocese that I share with brother David Alexander), and then attended a Mass at a parish of the Diocese of Richmond, you’d wonder if you were even in a house of worship of the same faith.
So the fact that certain communities of Catholics have been led astray into idolatry,perversion, abomination, child sacrifice, and accommodation with blasphemy is as old a feature of Christianity since the days when St. Peter and St. Paul walked the Earth and mailed Letters to them about it.
And I would point out to you that if the end product of cultivated rational thinking are the images so kindly linked to by afotia at #22, then your apparent regard for it is sadly misplaced.
I’ll take ignorant dogmatic superstition any and every day of the week, if that’s what cultivated rational thinking produces.
As a very poor Catholic, I would protest Notre Dame’s actions by placing an aborted fetus upon the altar of their chapel.
Make an offering to the Lord of what you have wrought, by your words and by your hands.
Some might call me a bit blunt, but I think that would get the message across.
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02/26/14 11:39 AM
Gay and straight priests alike are cheering Pope Francis's comments about homosexuality in the priesthood, saying gay priests make up a significant segment of the Catholic clergy and deserve papal recognition.
On a plane from Brazil Monday, Francis told reporters that, "if someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
[READ: Gay Kiss-In Greet Pope in Brazil]
It's a comment that stands in stark contrast to the policy of Francis's predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who signed a document in 2005 that said men with strong gay tendencies should not be priests.
According to Father James Bretzke, a professor of moral theology at Boston College, Francis's comments aren't a fundamental change in the church's teaching, but represent a much-needed shift in attitude that reflects the reality of the priesthood.
"It's an empirical fact that lots of men are gay who are priests. And they are very good priests," he says. "I would also observe that the numbers of gay men and women in the church ministry is probably larger than the general population, precisely because they are not seeking marriage."
Catholic doctrine holds that only unmarried, celibate men may enter the priesthood, and Francis's comments do not change that.
[ALSO: Evangelical Groups Divided on Issue of Military Chaplain and Gay Marriage]
The notion that many Catholic priests are quietly gay is not new. In the 2000 book "The Changing Face of the Priesthood," Rev. Donald B. Cozzens suggested that the priesthood was increasingly becoming a gay profession. Cozzens estimated that as much as 58 percent of priests were gay, and that percentages were even higher for younger priests. His numbers matched previous estimates by sociologists who put the numbers of gay priests between 10 and 60 percent.
Father Gary Meier, a gay, St. Louis-based Catholic clergymen, says there's a wide range of statistics out there on gay priests, but jokes that in his experience, "30 percent are gay, 30 percent are straight, and 30 percent are in denial."
02/28/14 07:08 PM
MaricoG wrote:Father Gary Meier, a gay, St. Louis-based Catholic clergymen, says there's a wide range of statistics out there on gay priests, but jokes that in his experience, "30 percent are gay, 30 percent are straight, and 30 percent are in denial."
02/28/14 11:47 PM
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