George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #222
ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, ITS CLERGY AND ITS LAITY ("THE BODY OF THE CHURCH").
is the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Pope (Saint) Paul VI's
"Humanae Vitae", with declarations contrary to the positions and
recommendations of his own Commission on these subjects and contrary to
the spirit and direction of then-deceased Pope John XXlll's Vatican ll
It is also the latest year of years of the worst crisis
that the Catholic Clergy (not the Laity) has faced, in my opinion,
since Martin Luther's actions and their sequelae over centuries.
have always been a loyal and supportive Roman Catholic and a Christian
- more precisely a Judeo-Christian. I have never been a "pray, pay and
obey" Catholic. Witness the extensive section on this web site
entitled: "What's Right - And Wrong - With The Catholic Church" and the
entire "Catholic Church" Category. And I have more to offer.
But first, I recommend that you read several articles now that will place my later statements in context.
1) "Bishop Morlino: 'Homosexual Subculture' Source of Church Crisis", in National Catholic Register" Sept. 2, 2018, p2.
2) "Listening To The Victims Of The Sexual Revolution", by Sue Ellen Browder, in National Catholic Register, Oct. 28, 2018, p7.
"Seven Notable Points From Cardinal Ouellet's 'Vigano' Letter" (that
first "Testimony" letter published 6 weeks earlier), National Catholic
Register Oct. 28, p9.
4) "Testimony lll - Oct. 19, 2018": 'Vigano' blames homosexual clergy for sex abuse and corruption in the Church.'.
Morlino presents the official position of the Church clearly...until an
over-reach in the last sentence: "The Church's teaching is clear that
the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is
intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted
by it unfit to be a priest." My knowledge of the applicable biological
science on this subject does not support that diagnosis. And, in my
opinion, the "inclination" should not preclude a man who embraces
celibacy from the priesthood.
The second reference to the
entire excessive and vile "Sexual Revolution" in order to emphasize
Church teaching about sex outside of marriage, about all contraception
(including non-abortifacient contraception), and about the inseparable
"unitive and procreative" function of all sexual acts within the
marriage bond is hyperbolic and, in my opinion, unnecessary as well as
damaging to the individuals involved and to the integrity of the
As I state only within the context of a married couple and
their actions within that bond - as they discharge their
responsibilities to the children that they can responsibly support and
care for - neither prohibitions regarding non-abortifacient
contraception nor non-procreative sexual activity are Necessary to the
legal and moral integrity of a Catholic Marriage. Furthermore, as being
Damaging to the individuals involved and also to the Integrity of the
Church - witness the decline of Faith and of the Faithful in the Church
in recent decades, and the massive increase in abortions performed
within and without the Church - such "Laws" are, in my opinion, neither
legal nor moral.
The Third and Fourth references address the
completely documented "Testimonies" of Archbishop Vigano' regarding the
many years - long duplicity, illegality and moral bankruptcy of too
many in our Clergy - and evidently continuing to the present time and
to the present actors. To all of these sinners I say: "Get Thee To A
Yes: Sex is at the heart of all of these problems,
while being at the heart of God's Love for his human creation and its
progeny. What to do?
a) Reconsider and rescind the Clergy prohibition against marriage. Unnecessary and Damaging.
Reconsider and rescind the prohibition - within the marriage bond -
against non-abortifacient contraception and against non-unitive sexual
activity. Unnecessary and Damaging.
c) Reconsider and Correct the
biologically erroneous position that "homosexual inclination...is
intrinsically disordered", while carefully screening and monitoring all
spiritually inclined candidates for the priesthood, homosexual and
Can the Church / the Magisterium change?
article: "Revised Wording From The Vatican Is Important Reaffirmation
Of A Central Tenet Of Gospel", by Patrick Lee, in National Catholic
Register Sept. 2, 2018, p11. There we note a contrary argument by St.
Thomas Aquinas regarding the death penalty.
So: Pray, and pray some more.
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