A Catholic priest preached yesterday at the main worship service associated with Boston's gay pride week, setting up a potential conflict with a church hierarchy that has been increasingly vocal in its criticism of the growing acceptance of gay relationships in Western societies.
The Rev. Walter H. Cuenin, a longtime advocate of outreach to gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church, did not criticize or dispute Catholic teaching during his remarks, and he quoted several times from a 1997 document issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which declared that ``the teachings of the Church make it clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended."
So, a priest goes to a demonstration whose sole purpose is to elevate sin, and instead of admonishing the participants, he instead insists that the Church should uphold the dignity of those who adore their own sins. Hmm. Gross negligence, in failing to minister to the obvious need for spiritual guidance? How does leaving those in sin as captive to that sin fulfil his duty as a successor to the Apostles?
" Master, as you were on your way, your dear friend Lazarus has died."
" Oh well, I shall go to him anyway."
" Master, is there anything you can do?"
"Yes, roll back the stone."
Several men roll back the stone, and recoil from the stench of Lazarus' corruption.
" Lazarus, I uphold your inherent dignity, and I hope that tomb is comfy. You're going to be in there for quite a while.."
" Is that all, Master, you're just going to leave him in there?"
" Sure, God made him dead, why mess with that? Oh, look at the time! I've got a lunch at L'espalier to get to."
It just doesn't work. But, Fr. Cuenin thinks so:
`I told a friend of mine, about a month ago, that I was going to be here today, speaking at the gay pride interfaith service, and she said to me, `What's a Catholic priest doing at a gay pride service?' Cuenin said. ``My response was, `Why wouldn't a Catholic priest be here?' In the tradition of my own Christian faith, it seems to me, as I read it, that Jesus was always with those who were often the target of hatred and persecution."
Fr. Cuenin forgets, like so many others of his ilk, that Jesus called those sinners to repentance during His visits. "Go, and sin no more."(John 8:11, for those who actually believe sacred Scripture) Ring a bell, Fr. Cuenin? I'll let the Cavemen give Fr. Cuenin the lashing that my sense of charity forbids.