I want to congratulate Cath News for highlighting the issue, even if not for the wording of the write up!
Indeed, an issue well worth drawing our attention to!
Including the continuing scandal of priests and bishops who refuse to teach what the Church teaches on this subject.
Opposing the 'gay' lifestyle is not homophobic!
The starting point for this debate is this video from Michael Voris on the 'Acceptance' Mass at Newtown, made during his recent Australian tour.
Mullins describes it as 'homophobic'. One expects that kind of name calling from the secular media. But Catholics should know that to oppose the promotion of immorality and all that goes with the 'gay lifestyle' does not constitute homophobia!
Far from vilifying homosexuals, as some are claiming, Voris elsewhere suggests that Catholic homosexuals can offer their chastity as 'victim souls', offering up their sufferings for the salvation of the world.
What Voris is attacking here is not homosexuals per se, but a community that actively participates in the Mardi Gras each year, and worse.
It is indeed a continuing scandal on which Cardinal Pell's refusal to act is difficult to understand.
And the response?
Mr Mullins was actually trying to draw our attention to the response from Fr Peter Maher of Newtown.
Far from reassuring us that Church teachings are being respected in his ministry to the homosexual community, Fr Maher's blog post actually to argue away Church teaching and the Scriptural injunctions on the subject. Consider this extract from his post for example:
"But what of the scripture passages that seem so damning of homosexuality? Through scripture scholarship which emphasizes the meaning of the text in context, it seems that all the texts referring to homosexuality, and there are not many – indeed, none in the gospel, all refer to abusive sexual relationships. In times when people did not identify as gay, as they do today, it is reasonable to infer that the texts referring to homosexuality refer to people being used and abused. Scriptural texts do encourage intimate and caring relationships and these can often be found among lesbian and gay couples."
Rubbish! Take a look at Romans Chapter 1 for example.
Fr Maher has even produced his own video to push his erroneous views on the subject (though I couldn't get it to play!).
Time for Cardinal Pell to act!
To contact him, should you feel moved to do so, the Archdiocesan website gives this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org