Archive for July 26, 2010

Various news outlets are treating the story of the three Gay Cathlolic priests out getting laid in Italy as a “church scandal”. This is incorrect. Before you faint dead away let me explain:

The Huge church scandals of the last decade involving priests were a church scandal not because of what they did. (Which was scandalous and sinful) but because when knowledge of this came to their higher ups, they to their shame hid it, moved the priests around and/or didn’t report it to the proper authorities. That turned the sin of an individual (the priest in general) into a scandal of the church (an official action) and a sin by their superiors as well.

If instead this had been handled publicly when it happened it could have been addressed and stopped. Instead sin begot sin and it’s taken a lot of time, effort and money to weed this stuff out. In trying to avoid the exposure of scandalous behavior they created an actual scandal.

Now take a look at these priests in Italy. They are without a question sinning mortally, their behavior is scandalous but unless their superiors knew this was going on and looked the other way, OR if they do not take some kind of action, it is not a church scandal. It is individual sin. As the church has stated:

The Rome diocese pledged to pursue “with rigour any behaviour that is unworthy of the priestly life”.

It added: “No one obliges them to remain priests and keep enjoying the advantages.

“Consistency demands that they reveal themselves. We don’t wish them any harm, but we cannot accept that the honour of all the others is dragged through the mud because of their behaviour.”

If further information comes out concerning this then that’s another story, until then; No!

One piece of advice for bloggers in general…

Posted: July 26, 2010 by datechguy in oddities
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Take half a day, go away from the blog and your e-mail and just forget they are there. The news will still be there but you will feel much more relaxed.

Q: What is the one thing you can be sure about when reading this headline: “University to student: Accept homosexuality or leave“?

The story follows:

The suit alleges the university retaliated against Keeton for stating her belief that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice and not a “state of being,” and that gender is not a social construct subject to individual change. According to the suit, the school wants her to undergo a “thought reform” program intended to change her religious beliefs. She faces expulsion unless she complies, and the suit seeks to block the university from throwing her out for noncompliance.

“Is saying there is such a thing as a male and a female as distinct, and that gender isn’t merely a social construct … such a dangerous position that it has to be banned from a profession?” French asked.

According to court documents, one of Keeton’s professors, Dr. Mary Jane Anderson-Wiley, told her this past May she would have to undergo a remediation program intended to change her views on homosexuality.

The university’s Counseling Education Program handbook proscribes such programs for those whose conduct is “not satisfactory on interpersonal or professional criteria unrelated to academic performance.”

Can anyone honestly describe this as anything less than totalitarian? Would such a program directed at a gay student forcing them to accept say Baptist teaching on Homosexuality be allowed at a state university?

I think not.

Here is the kicker:

Anderson-Wiley reportedly complained about Keeting’s Christian belief that homosexuality is sinful and demanded she choose between her faith and the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.

“You couldn’t be a teacher, let alone a counselor, with those views,” court documents quoted Dr. Paulette Schenck, another of the university’s counseling professors, as having said in response to Keeting’s affirmation of her Christian beliefs.

No Christians need apply apparently. No wonder universities seem to have such a love of Chavez, Castro et/al they have the same thought police ambitions on a smaller scale.

Would the above mentioned Dr. Schenck dare say this to an Islamic student who believed in Sharia? Of course not, totalitarians are notorious cowards.

…manages to downplay the schism being caused by the ECLA’s decision that we covered here.

However stories like this are being repeated all over the country:

When First Lutheran Church of Washburn, which has about 600 members, took its final vote May 9, it was no squeaker. Eighty percent voted to sever the church’s affiliation with the ELCA, said the Rev. Erik Johnson.

First Lutheran has not yet decided which denomination it will join, he said. But it has talked with LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) and also with CORE, a group of congregations formed in protest of the ELCA’s proposal for changing clergy standards, Johnson said.

Hey if the ECLA is looking for more priests? We Catholics have three we would love you to take off our hands.

Memeorandum thread here.