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January 31, 2005
WCR Letters to the Editor
Applause for Bishop Henry
I have just read your coverage of Bishop Henry. I agree with him and pray that all Catholics were as outspoken as the bishop. It is our moral duty to witness to the truth that homosexual acts are and never will be holy unions.
Homosexual marriage is by definition an oxymoron because these relationships are a rebellion against all institutions and authority, especially the authority of God. Anyone who has read the Jan. 18 editorial "Purging toxic religion in Canada" posted at the EGALE (equality for gays and lesbians everywhere) websitewww.samesexmarriage.ca will have no doubt that the intentions of the radical gay lobbyists are anything but holy.
They are motivated by hatred and their purpose is to persecute and destroy all traditional religion in this country.
Anyone who characterizes this debate as an equality rights issue is wrong. These are political formulations designed to give a false sense of security - much like wolves in sheep's clothing.
It is not far-fetched to predict the day is coming when children will be forcibly removed from parents who decide to homeschool because they don't want their children indoctrinated in public schools. It is not far-fetched to see halls owned by Catholics taken to court when they refuse to rent out for homosexual wedding parties.
It is not far-fetched to see Catholic printers sued who refuse to print up wedding invitations for gays.
It is not far-fetched that complaints will be sent to human rights commissioners about "hate speech" from the pulpit.
It is not far-fetched to imagine the suspension of licences for public broadcasting of all traditional religions.
It is not far-fetched to imagine churches denied their tax free status.
A gay man responds to bishop's words
I have for some time followed with understandable interest the letters and articles that have appeared in the Western Catholic Reporter about extending the right of marriage to gay and lesbian Canadians.
I struggled for many years to truly come to terms and accept my sexual orientation. It was at times very hard - I often felt alone and quite depressed. Though I had loving and supportive family and friend, this did not and could not fill the deep cavernous void in my life.
I was already in my late thirties before I finally came out to myself and to those around me. For nearly 10 years now, I have been blessed to share my life - the joys and the pains - with my partner Garrett in a loving, committed and monogamous relationship.
We recently paid off the mortgage on our lovely home, and both of us have demanding, challenging, and quite successful careers.
We are also raising Garrett's two children - our daughter aged 16 years old and our son aged 12 years old. The kids spend two weeks out of every month with us - and the other two with their mother.
This leads me to some painful and quite hateful comments made by Bishop Henry in the article entitledA Shepherd Speaks that appeared in the edition dated Jan. 17. To have my sexual orientation listed along with "adultery, prostitution and pornography" as things that "undermine the foundations of the family" and that consequently "the state must use its coercive power to proscribe or curtail them in the interests of the common good" was indeed most hurtful.
To then have my loving and committed (both spiritual and physical) relationship with my partner Garrett described as an "evil act" was to me a cruel, completely unjustified, and quite hateful assertion.
The Catholic faith that I learned on the knees of my sainted and dearly departed mother was based upon the three fundamental Christian virtues of faith, hope and love. This good woman always tried to live her life with loving compassion and generous acceptance, something that I strive to emulate (as best I can) with all my heart and soul.
I love Garrett and my two children; they are my family. How the above frightful commentary of Bishop Henry helps him to "encourage us to recognize the humanity of the other person" is totally beyond my comprehension. It is indeed most unfortunate that he never knew my mother.
Don't call it marriage
So Bishop Henry's letter(WCR, Jan. 17) is hateful to some people. This man has the courage to call a spade a spade and a wart a wart. The truth hurts.
Homosexuality is abnormal and morally sinful. Even animals are more sensible than us humans in this area. When do we ever see animals or birds of the same sex mating?
If some people choose this kind of life, of course, they should not be discriminated against and should get all the usual benefits but they should draw the line. They want to live together - that's their choice. But to call it marriage: No.
Why should an insignificant minority be allowed to impose on the great majority of our country's 30 million population?
It is not the job of the government to control the nation's bedrooms, but it is the duty and the job of the government to protect our basic institutions, especially the all-time definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.
Is it progress to let modernization and secularization destroy our basic tenets?
Come on Canada! Let us be proud and not ashamed of our country's decisions. Our future stability and happiness are hanging on the horns of this dilemma.
Yvette Lacombe DeGiobbi
As a married, 65 year old Roman Catholic, I find both your and the Church hierarchy's attitude towards the legality of same-sex marriage an abomination. You are preaching a form of belief more akin to right-wing evangelicalism, and in fact totalitarianism, than to the words and beliefs of Christ.
The level of corruption in the Roman Church today, whether in regards this situation or in regards the corruption of children by the clergy, is unprecedented since the Inquisition.
We as Catholics have no right to impose our beliefs on those of other faiths. May God have mercy on your souls.
Letter to the Editor - 02/15/05
Pray all bishops have courage to lead us
I am from New York and read an article thatBishop Henry wrote regarding the explosion and open acceptance of the gay agenda by our society.
I applaud him for saying what most of the other bishops around the world should also be saying.
"This is a sin."
The world is polarizing to the extremes and if our leaders are not willing to speak the teaching of the Church on this matter, then these leaders have become "useless salt to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."
I pray for all our bishops, that they may have the courage to lead. I believe that much more than the majority will be happy to follow their lead.
The reason things become "politically correct" is because the average person doesn't hear his leaders speaking out and does not want to "rock the boat."
Dr. Kevin Kulik
N Massapequa, N.Y.
Catholic Michael Moore held up for scrutiny
It is becoming increasingly obvious that liberalism as a social science, philosophy, and theology in all its forms has miserably failed - (be it pleasure seeking liberalism of Bentham, "capitalistic" social liberalism of Mill, Hegelian quasi-liberalism resulting in cruel statism and communism, Keynesian oppressive top-down welfare state, Marxist or feminist liberation theologies, or Canadian Trudeauism) - when even the prominent theologians like Father Rolheiser have to resort to desperate pleas based on the defence of indefensible(WCR, Jan. 17).
To many it may come as a surprise Michael Moore had Catholic roots, but it is an undeniable fact he has deliberately pulled them from God's Eden and transplanted himself into his secular "liberal paradise" utopia, as he described it in his book Dude, Where's My Country, a paradise which Rolheiser also espouses as his own "child"(WCR June 28, 2004).
This chapter ought to be an eye opener to any honest Catholic who opposes unrestricted free-thinking, "commie-pinko-weirdos," radical feminism, liberal rights to abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, homosexual marriage, "hippy-dippy-free-love," pornography, prostitution, pedophilia and other liberal attacks on holy Matrimony, priesthood and religion.
No wonder Moore hates the so-called "orthodox" who seek real truth, and demonizes their chief theologian St. Thomas Aquinas. Moore is not of poor humble worker background in the tradition of Dorothy Day; he owns millions of dollars worth of property, and charges exuberant fees for everything.
Rolheiser wants us to do illogical and impossible when he asks us to build a loving and caring community by compromising with evil, despite many clear Scriptural warnings.
Jesus did not compromise with the profaners of his Father's temple - his response was angry and swift.
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