AP reports that nineteen Catholic priests have come out against the Pope’s current stand against ordaining those with “deep seated” homosexual tendencies:
A few choice statements from the priests, as AP reports them:
‘The priests said the church was invoking "natural law" to make its case against homosexuality, arguing that slavery was also once considered "natural."’
By whom? Not by the Catholic Church. It seems obvious to me that sexuality is natural in a sense that a contractual obligation, such as slavery, is not. "Nature," after all, means "procreation." Contracts are definitive of civilization as opposed to nature.
‘"What we are saying is that human nature is constantly evolving," Claude Lemieux, one of the signatories, told The Associated Press by phone Tuesday.’
What they are saying, then, is nonsense. There is no scientific evidence that human nature is "evolving." There is a lot of evidence that it is not. The concept also opens the door very wide to racism. Are those in societies that have not developed in tandem with the mainstream therefore of a different nature? Subhuman?
‘We believe this position is closer to that which is shared by our parishioners.’
If the church is to take moral instruction from parishioners, rather than parishioners from the church, there is no need for a church at all.
‘The letter questions whether the church has "the last word on the mysteries of political, social, family and sexual life."’
If religion does not have special knowledge of the last word, the Logos, who does? What is the Logos, then, in their minds? If not Jesus Christ?
‘"In these matters," the letter says, "the official teaching of the church has shown itself more than once to be wrong."’
It would help if they could give some example of this. Because the statement itself is directly counter to Catholic teaching.
We need better priests. And we could get them, from the Third World.
We need missionaries.