Some media headlines would have you believe that with its most recent pronouncement, the Church is promoting a “Don’t Ask, Policy, with respect to allowing homosexuals into the seminary. It’s been widely stated that the policy would allow homosexuals as long as they were not active in the prior 3 years of their entrance. In fact, it is 3 years before the ordination as a deacon and it is only those seminarians with
“homosexual tendencies that might only be a manifestation of a transitory problem, as, for example, delayed adolescence, [which] must be clearly overcome at least three years before diaconal Ordination.”
I take a “transitory problem” to be those who are generally heterosexual but have “experimented” or had some homosexual tendencies but don’t consider themselves homosexuals. The document says that not that the actions have to be stopped but that the tendencies have to be overcome. That’s a bigger requirement than just not being active. In addition, the document states:
“The Church cannot admit to Seminary or Holy Orders those who are actively homosexual, have deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called gay culture.”
So clearly active homosexuals and even those with “deep seated” tendencies (whether or not they have been active in the past three years) cannot be admitted no matter what. It also states the obvious that “It would be gravely dishonest for a candidate to hide his own homosexuality, regardless of everything, to arrive at ordination.” So it is clearly not a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. I hink that’s a little different than what’s some have portrayed. Here’s an article that seems to have gotten it right.
Terry Gross, host of the Fresh Air radio program on NPR, devoted today’s program to the Church’s apparently pending announcement banning homosexuals from entering the priesthood. Her first 1/2 hour was devoted to interviewing an anonymous gay but celibate priest who was against the ban. She said he was on the air with the permission of his superiors. I just caught the last 10 minutes or so and it was somewhat interesting – at least he was celibate and was not disputing celibacy. For the counterpoint, Terry interviewed Father Fessio. I like Terry as an interviewer but she can’t help displaying her disdain for organized religion and sometimes I feel that she feels that it’s her duty to put it to the faithful souls she interviews (2 other interviews that I have sensed this in were her interviews with Rick Santorum and the founder of the promise keepers). In this interview the question that was the most dripping with poison was something like “What gives you the right to speak for Jesus?”. Father Fessio calmly explained that it wasn’t he that was making the decision but the Church which was acting as Jesus’ instrument on earth. Father got in a good jab at the end however when in saying good bye he told Terry not to hesitate to call him when she needed somebody to give a clear explanation of the Church’s teaching (I think Father was sincere but I’m not sure if Terry appreciated it).
Former Clinton advisor (and another liberal Georgeown professor) Paul Begala was on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” this afternoon (you can listen to the piece here). Begala, the author of It’s Still the Economy, Stupid : George W. Bush, The GOP’s CEO admitted that it wasn’t the economy but “traditional moral values” that were of prime importance in this election.
This most startling admission came when Michael a self-identified black caller from North Carolina called in to voice his utter dismay at the Democrats’ courting of the black church vote while promoting a pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda. Paraphrasing Michael (about 7 minutes into the audio clip):
“Democrats are missing out on one thing – … there’s an overwhelming majority … of folks that said we do not want this – we stand for moral values of marriage between man and women and for pro-life … There’s an overwhelming majority even before it was put to the polls that said we do not want this. We stand for traditional values Even in black congregations, on Sunday morning – there have been sermons the last couple of weeks that we have to vote on what God wants us to vote on. It’s not so much that Bush got a vote for who he is, but that he stood on moral principal, traditional moral values. If both candidates Bush and Kerry had been on the same page on abortion and gay marriage – if Kerry had been pro-life, those issues would have been pushed aside [and Kerry would have received a better turnout]. I can’t align myself with that. The press and polls have missed it. American says we need to stand on traditional values and we are going to vote on that.
The host Neil Conan responded that if media and polls have missed it they aren’t ignoring it now. Unfortunately Begala and his liberal co-guest patronized the caller, said he was exactly right but that the problem wasn’t that the Dems were out of step it was just that they weren’t defending their position more strongly.
Begala blatantly admitted:
“Values will trump economics. And I’m the guy with my partner [Clinton] that put up the sign in the world that said “It’s the Economy Stupid” . Democrats have to be in that game and give a principled answer as to why they support abortion rights and gay marriage rather than ducking – you can’t ignore that. “
This is just a small sample – the media has been replete in the post-election period with apopeptic liberals trying to get it, but not.