There is No Such Thing as a Homosexual Catholic Priest
The Congregation [for the Doctrine of the Faith] reminds us that we are made to the image and likeness of God and that there is no way that our mysterious complexity can be reduced to a sexual orientation.  Thus, the Church asks all persons to get beyond the superficial identities of being "heterosexual" or "homosexual" and contemplate one's fundamental identity as a creature of God, and, by grace, His child and heir to eternal life.
John F. Harvey, O.S.F.S.
The Homosexual Person:  New Thinking in Pastoral Care Igantius Press

While Fr. Harvey has done a magnificient job in dealing with this difficult subject matter, he adopts a nomenclature for those afflicted with same-sex attraction as homosexual persons.  In the above quote, he would seem to not favor the elevation of this necessary nomenclature to a doctrinal level which the 1992 CCC does, in contrast with previous Church teaching.  The 1975 Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics uses the nomenclature homosexuals (as does St. Paul in 1 Cor. 6:9-11) but the 1986 PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith uses homosexual persons

My objection to this terminology is as follows:
1.  It invites the noncanonical status of a human being into a third category after men and women.
2.  It precludes the properties of supernatural conversion by the new birth by washing of water and the Word.
3.  It capitulates to the power of stubborn and resistant concupiscience.
4.  It traps those afflicted with this temptation with a false sense of identity which deprives them of the hope of full recovery by grace.
5.  It leaves the door open for maliciously motivated individuals to exploit the status of "chaste homosexual persons".

The fifth proposition above is the subject of the OP.  This is of grave concern to all Catholics for the following reasons:
1.  St. Paul teaches that persistance in homosexual acts is caused by a darkening of reason resultant from the abandonement of God in the mind (Rom. 1:21)
2.  These individuals are deprived of the natural functions of conscience and reason. (Rom. 1:28)
3.  God has "given them over" (Douay-Rheims "delivered them up") to a depraved mind according to their own rebellious wills.  (Rom. 1:24-28)
4.  Pope Benedict XVI has forbidden even those with "deep seated inclinations or who support the so-called gay culture" to be admitted for seminary instruction or ordination (Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders Congregation for Catholic Education - November 4, 2005).
5.  Currently there are scores of homosexual 'priests' already ordained which are reprobate concerning the Faith (Rom. 1:24-28) and therefore are neither Christians nor valid Priests.  The teaching, preaching, governing and example of such persons should be regarded with the greatest circumspection and carefulness.  Their sacraments may be valid by virtue of the law of ex opere operato (the operation is valid by virtue of its operation through the power and spirit of Christ) but even this may be doubted in good conscience.   Persons living in defiance of the Law of God and the governance of the Supreme Pontiff are not to be followed nor obeyed. 

If anyone doubts the seriousness of this crisis, let him examine the superabundance of evidence in both the pedophile priest scandals which have offended millions and cost the Church in the US $3.2 billion or the abysmal scandal of contemporary Catholic seminaries chronicled in Michael S. Roses' Goodbye Good Men.  As self-identified Traditionalists, I would assume your concern over such a sorry estate would be more intense than the Novus Ordo Catholics.


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Re: There is No Such Thing as a Homosexual Catholic Priest - by Catholic Johnny - 02-19-2011, 06:44 AM

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