Terry Nelson publishes definitive photographic proof of the existence of the Gay Lobby:
Terry has some insightful and humane commentary on Pope Francis’ recent remarks. Strangely, after the huge contretemps last September, when Fr. Peter West denounced me for saying, well, pretty much exactly what Pope Francis is saying now, I thought it was pretty clear what my views are:
1. I believe the Church’s moral teaching on sex, which is that it’s for heterosexual monogamy and nothing else, including homosex and I have no hesitation in saying so)
2. I don’t think it my job to police the sex lives of homosexuals any more than I think it my job to police Fr. West’s sex life.
3. I also made clear that, like Pope Francis, I don’t think it my job to judge SSA (or as he and I called them “gay” since the term is used to refer to both chaste and sexually active homosexuals) people and believe that there are plenty of SSA folk who live holy and even saintly lives. All this I made as clear as I could in May 2012, yet weirdly, I am now informed by some comboxers that this approach to the matter is actually a sudden course change on my part necessitated by Francis’ failure to consult the Combox Star Chamber of Inquisitors:
Of course, no one cannot physically control what all the sodomites do behind closed doors. For one, it would be too disgusting; secondly it would indeed require a sodomy police (as you say), which at this time is non-feasible, although not a bad idea… unless, of course, you also favor the SCOTUS’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas…
But yeah, Mark Shea and other Catholic commentators have, indeed, suddenly changed the tone of their previously loud and clear condemnation of homosexual behavior.
I mean, why on earth did Mark Shea EVEN write the following passage: “I’m not interested in trying to control what you do in your bedroom since it’s, you know, not my business”?
Why? Because the pope was misquoted by the liberal media when responding to a question which he answered off the cuff, in jest, and rather clumsily (as is his speaking style). But papal idolatry is a poor excuse to suddenly change one’s previously strong and uncompromising tone on a most crucial and important matter of morality, like homosexuality.
(Remember the homosexuals’ whistles and shouts at the 1973 APA convention? Oh, maybe you weren’t born… so FYI, that’s when the APA, under bullying pressure, removed homosexuality from the DSM).
Now, notice that Mark Shea wrote the quote above as if he was speaking to a homosexual. Well, if he were really speaking to a homosexual sinner, he should rather say: “I would urge you to control your sinful behavior even behind closed doors, because, you know, what you do in private really DOES AFFECT SOCIETY AND THE COMMON GOOD FOR THE WORSE.”
And this is what I deplore so much:
(1) The pope says something clumsily… (2) Liberal vultures jump at the clumsy speech… (3) Faithful Catholic suddenly shake and tremble that — oh dear! — maybe the pope did say something “different” from the previous popes in content and/or in tone (the “tone difference” argument was used by Cardinal Dolan)… (4) And then suddenly the otherwise faithful Catholics start spewing defensive idiocies that “what one does behind closed doors is not my business”… Yet we all know that immoral behavior has no open or closed doors, and that it always AFFECTS THE COMMON GOOD FOR THE WORSE.
So yes, it SHOULD be our business what people do behind closed doors, even if we do not have all the practical, professional, and/or scholarly experience of the sin in question. And as Christians, we should be always prepared to offer a defense of the faith; in this case, that homosexuality IS a grave sin (as, incidentally, the Pope actually said very clearly despite his otherwise clumsy style), WHY it is so, and WHAT is needed to be free from it: the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Saints in his Church.
But if Catholic commentators and users on Disqus really think that homosexuality in our neighbor’s bedroom is (suddenly) “none of our business,” then maybe we should all team-up to open a brothel and keep everything that’s going on inside it “behind closed doors” (as brothels already do), and then the activity inside the brothel will be “no one’s business.”
Er, no. My position is not a course change hastily adopted to justify Pope Francis’ remarks. I have always thought sodomy laws are stupid and I think the idea of sodomy police crashing into your bedroom to make sure your sexual behavior is up to code is wanting in actuality. Not every vice should be illegal. This is not Calvin’s Geneva.
Oh, and in case you are wondering, this person is banned. Too much crazy. I’m mortally weary of crazy. I’ll take 1 Pope Francis, Terry Nelson or Eve Tushnet for a thousand of these “You sodomites are disgusting and I would, in my intense Christian love and mercy, jail or perhaps execute you per Deuteronomy if I could only raise a Squad of Vigilantes to Invade Your Home to Do it” advocates. I’m sick of the mercilessness.