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December 24, 2008

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Terence Weldon

Benedict's Christmas address to the Curia provoked a firestorm of comment - but the important stuff, buried inside, was ignored.

Yes, the implied criticism of ‘homosexuals’, and more direct criticism of gender theory was disappointing. But the media frenzy overlooked a whole lot of stuff to encourage gay catholics. (Read the whole speech at ‘Whispers in the Loggia”). There was a long riff in the theme of the importance of joy as a sign of the Holy Spirit. Now I don’t know about you, but I have certainly experienced a great deal of ‘Joy’ (which Benedict reminds us is a sign of the Spirit) in physical, erotic love. So, by following the papal argument, I can claim to have found God in sex, gay sex. (No, I didn’t need Benedict to tell me what I already know - but it is good to have the Rottweiler agreeing with me for once.)

There is also more stuff on how Revelation is a continuing process in the modern world. - so there he acknowledged the possibility (I believe the probability) that theology can change to reflect a change in public understanding of sexuality.

In an open letter to the US bishops, John McNeill (writer, psychotherapist and former priest- letter reprined on The Wild Reed) has railed against the iniquities done by the established church to gay and lesbian Catholics. But he also wrote of an emerging ‘Kairos moment’ - a moment ripe for change. He could be right - as gay Catholics, we need to encourage each other, and engage with the positive elements in the faith to force this change.

Brian Gallagher, Boston

off topic:
Fr. O'Leary,
Boston College's website has many great videos of speakers who have contributed to their Church in the 21st Century project (requires RealPlayer's free player).
The videos I've seen so far are:
Timothy Radcliffe, "Why is the Church Undergoing a Crisis of Affectivity and a Crisis of Governance?"

Garret FitzGerald, "The state of the Catholic Church in Ireland at the start of the 21st century"

Richard McBrien, "The Church and Human Sexuality: An Ecclesiological Perspective"

Most. Rev. John R. Quinn, former Archbishop of San Francisco, "The Reform of the Papacy: A Permanent Synod?"

"Why Celibacy? Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Views," with Howard Gray, Geshe Tsetan, and Swami Tyagananda

Fr. Robert Imbelli "The Priest in the Church: Seeking the Eucharistic Center"

and many others..
videos at
http://www.bc.edu/church21/webcast_old.html

Gégé

A quoi sert ce blog? C'est un lobby ?

reinsen

Well, I think, tolerance is the basics of any mutual understanding between churches, but also between the church and its followers. An institution follows its own rules, because it has its own interests, and there will always be conflicts und misinterpretations.

Matthew

It is a doctrine of demons to say that homosexuality is good.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light, and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet, and sweet into bitter!

Spirit of Vatican II

The homosexual orientation is part of God's good creation; it is Manichean to demonize it.

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