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It's the Doctrine, Stupid

Terry Mattingly

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Terry L. Mattingly writes that the Roman Catholic Church has to face the problem of homosexuals in the priesthood ("the issue that dare not speak its name") and the weakening of the doctrines guiding sexuality ("proportionalism") before it can return to healing souls.

...Yes, most U.S. bishops are saying as little as possible right now, especially about the issue that dares not speak its name. One reason the cardinal of New York was so flustered was that the dean of his own cathedral, the Rev. Msgr. Eugene Clark, had just preached a sermons that echoed in newsrooms as well as in pews. Clark said the Catholic hierarchy has been sinfully silent on homosexuality, in part because it feared being accused of fanning the flames of prejudice.

But this crisis is not just about sex. It's about doctrine.

"Simply, it said that while abortion, fornication, adultery, divorce, remarriage and contraception all remained sins, they could be permitted" if someone had a serious enough reason - a "proportionate reason" for committing the acts, he said.

For the complete article go to the Terry Mattingly website.



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