How Chuck translates the message in Fr. Unni's homily is important in the discussion as I believe it will provide the opportunity to see exactly where Fr. Unni isn't being honest. He isn't being honest to parishioners at St. Cecilia's and he isn't being honest about the treatise of the Rainbow Ministry which is operated by individuals who oppose the moral teachings of the Church and leads others to oppose them.
The Catholic Church is not a place we go once a week to be nice to each other, although that is certainly part of a Catholic Community in providing ministries to serve the needs of the parish. It is a place we go to be taught the moral teachings of the Church to use that knowledge to judge our own actions against those teachings. We come to use the Sacraments to bolster our efforts to bring our defiant spirit into surrender. We amend our lives.
We've had many discussions in the com boxes this week with St. Cecilia's parishioners. They are masters at taking things out of context to grant license to sin and scandal.
Oh, the Church teaches us to check in with our own brains to get guidance (but says nothing about making sure our consciences have been formed and are consistent with Church teaching).
Oh, she was just an Altar server wearing an alb giving out Communion (but says nothing about the five priests sitting on their fannies)
When you bring out the proper context, the beautiful people get rather hostile and vulgar. This is the fruit of John Unni's ministry.
We'll explore the reasons why when the other pieces of the puzzle as soon as Chuck's piece gets published.
Meanwhile, here is the final part of Fr. Landry's discussion on St. Cecilia's: The Gospel of Chastity.
For the last two weeks, we’ve been examining some of the larger issues that have been raised by the controversy over a Mass at St. Cecilia’s in Boston to welcome those who celebrate gay pride. We’ve mentioned that those with same-sex attractions deserve and need the full and authentic pastoral care of the Church. Those who are “gay” — meaning those who celebrate sexual activity and culture based on same-sex attractions —are in even greater need of the full teaching of the Catholic Church, since in addition to the normal need for pastoral accompaniment and assistance in resisting temptations they also are vulnerable to severe attacks against the faith, considering that gay orthodoxy involves the rejection of Biblical and magisterial teaching on sexual morality and marriage, and therefore the denial of the authority of Scripture and of the Church.
Central to the Church’s full and authentic pastoral care of those with same-sex attractions is the assistance to live a chaste life. When mention is made of this call to chastity, some in the gay movement shriek with exasperated incredulity, as if chastity were a death sentence to a loveless life or, worse, some type of medieval castration ceremony executed in subterranean Vatican dungeons. Chastity, however, is the precondition for any real love.
Take the time to read it in its entirety. Peace to all who read it.
God bless him for tackling the complexities of this latest scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston.
It is the substance that is cleverly subverted by Fr. Unni.