Monday, April 20, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
As reported in Politico: “Marco Rubio says he would attend the wedding of a same-sex couple, even though the Republican Florida senator and newly minted presidential candidate has said he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman.” When pressed about whether he would attend a gay wedding, Rubio said: “If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my life, I don’t necessarily have to agree with their decisions or the decisions they’ve made to continue to love them and participate in important events…”
According to the official teachings of the Catholic Church: “There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Homosexual acts ‘close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.’”* Therefore, to attend such a wedding would, by your mere presence, lend credence to the highly confused idea that homosexual unions are equivalent to same-sex relationships; this effect would be heightened by the participation of married heterosexual couples at a gay wedding. On this matter, again, the Church is clear: “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 defenses and contribute to the spread of the phenomenon.”
More on Rubio and his Catholicism:
Friday, April 17, 2015
A recent letter signed by several prominent “Catholics” claimed that current Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone “sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.” As someone who has been a direct beneficiary of the Archbishop’s kindness and sincerity, I will testify that what these people are claiming is absolutely untrue. First of all, with regards to those afflicted with same-sex attraction, the Archbishop is doing precisely what his vocation as a priest and position as a Shepherd of souls demands of him: a full adherence to the Truth of Jesus Christ as handed down through His Church; and with regards to homosexuality, the Church is clear; also, concerning the obligation of prelates regarding this matter: “We encourage the Bishops, then, to provide pastoral care in full accord with the teaching of the Church for homosexual persons of their dioceses. No authentic pastoral programme will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral. A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin.”*
How the Archbishop has fulfilled this God-given mandate is by promoting and fostering the Courage Apostolate in the Archdiocese. For example, when I first started attending Courage, (in 1999) we met in a sub-basement windowless room of the Cathedral; I was thankful it was there, but it often felt like a meeting in the catacombs. There were two lone priests who served as our chaplains: good and faithful men of stout heart – outsiders in a city that thought the reformation of gay men a useless folly. Now, Courage meets in a well-known parish and there are several priests and a brave deacon assigned to take charge of these precious lives. Most importantly, the Archbishop allowed for an important presentation promoting the Courage apostolate to take place at St. Patrick’s Seminary, the Archdiocesan campus for future priests. One of the priest presenters, an original Courage chaplain, said that only a few years ago he could not have imagined something like this taking place at the Seminary.
Lastly, the Archbishop is surly fulfilling his role as leader and as father to the faithful: for instance, is a good dad thoroughly indulgent, completely detached, and merely a facilitator – allowing his children to do whatever they want, serving solely as a ceremonial figurehead. Sadly, for many modern-thinkers this is the attitude and the expectation: epitomized by the number of parents who do not baptize their infant children; instead, making the bizarre claim that as adults – their kids will make up their own mind; yet, this has only bred indifference and rampant secularism – a Godless generation. Well, that sort of father is not a Bishop; or a priest; as, they must take an active interest in precisely what the faithful believe and therefore what they promote oftentimes in their positions of authority. If it does not adhere to Catholic teachings, then, those in error should have points of confusion brought to their attention. Miraculously, in my case, the descending tragedy of the gay lifestyle made the necessity for change, and a swift acquiescence to Catholic dogma, a matter of life and death. “The Catechism” became my route to the knowledge of salvation. But, I was open – as the devastation brought about by my errors caused me to sink into desolation. Perhaps, those that signed the letter against the Archbishop, thinking they know better – lack humility; they lack that utter uncontrollable desire for the Truth, and for the immediate peace it brings into your life. As caretakers of those cherished words set down, the Truth of God in The Catechism: bishops and priests need to be upholders of the Divine Law – even in the midst of a world gone berserk.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
From an obituary provided by his family:
“In remembering [Clay’s] life, we ask that you remember his happy times and his truly good heart. No one can judge the depth of a pain they have never felt themselves. [Clay] lived courageously as long as he could, but in the end his last words were…. ‘I love Jesus, and I want to go home to be with Him.’”
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
“At the present time there are those who, basing themselves on observations in the psychological order, have begun to judge indulgently, and even to excuse completely, homosexual relations between certain people. This they do in opposition to the constant teaching of the Magisterium and to the moral sense of the Christian people.
A distinction is drawn, and it seems with some reason, between homosexuals whose tendency comes from a false education, from a lack of normal sexual development, from habit, from bad example, or from other similar causes, and is transitory or at least not incurable; and homosexuals who are definitively such because of some kind of innate instinct or a pathological constitution judged to be incurable.
In regard to this second category of subjects, some people conclude that their tendency is so natural that it justifies in their case homosexual relations within a sincere communion of life and love analogous to marriage, in so far as such homosexuals feel incapable of enduring a solitary life.
In the pastoral field, these homosexuals must certainly be treated with understanding and sustained in the hope of overcoming their personal difficulties and their inability to fit into society. Their culpability will be judged with prudence. But no pastoral method can be employed which would give moral justification to these acts on the grounds that they would be consonant with the condition of such people. For according to the objective moral order, homosexual relations are acts which lack an essential and indispensable finality. In Sacred Scripture they are condemned as a serious depravity and even presented as the sad consequence of rejecting God. This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it, but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and can in no case be approved of.”
Author’s note: The above excerpt was taken from “Persona Humana: Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics,” Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, December 29, 1975. Of this section, the sentence that strikes me as the most profound is this one: “For according to the objective moral order, homosexual relations are acts which lack an essential and indispensable finality.” I imagine that which the Church is referring to is the realized “finality” in married heterosexual couplings brought about through conception, the bringing forth of life, and thus the ultimate joining of love between the husband and wife. This is even the case among those who are older or sterile; hence, the Biblical Abraham and Sarah and Zechariah and Elizabeth. In homosexual pairings the possibility of life arising is completely unfeasible, even under miraculous conditions; for, in the greatest wonder of them all, the virgin-birth of Jesus Christ, there was still the complimentary between God the Father and the Blessed Mother.
In homosexuality, ultimately, the finality is death. In modern times, this saw its definitive fruition with the rise of AIDS. Because, gay male sex becomes the instrument - not of completion and love, but of desperation, fear, and final annihilation. Lastly, it becomes suicidal as you give yourself over to an act which could altogether leave you lifeless: in very real terms, the transference of semen being deposited in the rectum instead of the vagina creates a sort of toxic dead zone within the body; see the article “Sexual behaviour and increased anal cancer;” http://www.nature.com/icb/journal/v75/n2/abs/icb199725a.html. And, beyond the physiological, gay sex also abandons everyone to unfulfillment since the act becomes the focus; the beginning, the middle and the end; once it’s done; the need to start over begins to swell inside. As the Church states, gay sex brings about no resolution; nothing is created; bonding – perhaps, a sense of comradery, something resembling love; but it’s forced and contrived – it essentially lacks the naturalness and ease of heterosexuality. After gay sex there is pain, swelling, and blood; it’s a tragic return to infantilism; the incapacity to heal; a constant repetition of childhood trauma. The only way out is to stop; then, in Christ, there is Hope and the promise of final happiness with Him.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let's say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he's held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it's time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us -- on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”
This statement from President Obama was included in an Official White House Response to enact Leelah’s Law which would ban nationwide all so-called gay conversion therapy for minors. Leelah refers to a young man with gender identity disorder, with a history of mental illness, who committed suicide in 2014. Shamelessly, the gay power-pushers, and their allies in the Democratic Party, are using the tragic death of this teenage boy to further their social agenda: the near impossibility of those suffering from same-sex attraction to seek help within the medical profession. Why? Because instinctively they know it works, and that scares them; first, because if people finally realize they don’t have to be gay – the homosexual world will begin to become irrelevant; unseating many from their thrones of power, secondly, this type of therapy is asking gays to go to the one place they fear returning: to their wounded childhoods – to the point of trauma.
Part of the lie inherent in modern homosexuality is inadvertently evident in the Obama statement: for example, why does the theoretical young man that he mentions “struggle to fall asleep.” As one of those former insomniacs, the lack of sleep experienced as a teen had nothing to do with realizing or coming to terms with my homosexuality, or even concerns about how others would react, but because I was internally trying to understand why I turned out this way when every one of my friends was straight; I believe this goes to a fundamental realization within the human soul that homosexuality is wrong; for, all of us, initially rally against it. Its only through capitulation – usually by viewing pro-gay media images and personalities in the media, watching gay porn, or becoming prematurely sexually active does a full surrender of the will take place.
And, herein lies the fear: when we become gay – we partially give-up that hurt and traumatized self and fuse it with the gay mindset; in other words, acting out sexually our dysfunction, i.e. an irrational longing for masculine love and companionship, eases and then nearly blocks all access to the memories of childhood. When we are forced to deal with the reasons behind our homosexuality, that comfortable complacency vanishes – once again we are a scared little boy trying to figure things out on our own. The distant, even disregarded, awareness that perhaps homosexuality is an illusion strips us of our most cherished beliefs: that we were born this way. Only, what reparative therapy attempts is to heal the person inside a somewhat protective environment of therapy; this is especially effective when the psychiatric and the spiritual are combined. As then, the therapist or doctor can become an agent of heavenly healing; then, the extraordinary can and will happen.
Monday, April 13, 2015
On Saturday April 11, 2015 - I offered my testimony to the young people gathered at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in San Francisco for The Pan de Vida Retreat; the speakers and participants for the weekend included many priests and religious including Brothers Joseph and Malachy from the Franciscans Friars of the Renewal (pictured above) as well as the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, two Capuchin Brothers, a priest from The Fathers of Mercy, a SOLT Sister, and a seminarian from The Dominicans. Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor at Star of the Sea, offered Mass. It was truly a blessing to be in the presence of such dedication and fervor for Our Lord Jesus Christ.