There is No Such Thing as a Homosexual Catholic Priest
(02-25-2011, 10:24 PM)Catholic Johnny Wrote:
(02-25-2011, 12:54 PM)James02 Wrote:
Quote: You maliciously distort my words.  My remarks are clear:  "Proper utilization of the most holy sacrament of penance and absolution can both regenerate an obstinate sinner and restore a fallen Catholic."

The sticks and twigs defense, with some ad hominem thrown in.  Your non-answer is called "begging the question".  We are trying to establish who is a Catholic.  Actually, the Pope has decided the matter.  What we are trying to establish is if you are professing heresy.

We are discussing if someone who commits sodomy or fornicates is Catholic.  

So I'll repeat my question, a Catholic fornicates or commits sodomy.  He repents and goes to confession.  Will a simple confession restore sanctifying grace to him?  If yes, then he was a Catholic before confession.

Simple question.

I did answer your question, James.  Let me just offer this with love and a pure intention.  Cradle Catholics sometimes lack the perspective of a convert or a revert when it comes to the Sacramental economy.  What I am reading here is an esteem for the efficacy of sacraments (which I have stated several times in this thread work ex opere operato), as a kind of blessing factory that magically works on the soul of the recipent without any willingness to cooperate with the grace offered. 

You say that simply because one is "Catholic" and makes a confession for his sodomy he is therefore absolved, even though the Church teaches that true contrition and amendment of purpose are also requirements of this sacrament.   The most enormous errors are presented here in the case of an unrepentant sodomite who wickedly presents himself for holy orders (Aquinas calls this a mortal sin) and who is reprobate concerning the Faith, whose every priestly action in this state is a mortal sin adding to his trespass (Aquinas), and you all rush to defend him as a valid Catholic!  As though faith and obedience has nothing to do with it!  Do you not hear our Blessed Lord Jesus?

That's because he is.  Not by our definition, but by the Church's.


Members of the Church

The foregoing account of the Church and of the principle of authority by which it is governed enables us to determine who are members of the Church and who are not. The membership of which we speak, is incorporation in the visible body of Christ. It has already been noted (VI) that a member of the Church may have forfeited the grace of God. In this case he is a withered branch of the true Vine; but he has not been finally broken off from it. He still belongs to Christ. Three conditions are requisite for a man to be a member of the Church.

In the first place, he must profess the true Faith, and have received the Sacrament of Baptism. The essential necessity of this condition is apparent from the fact that the Church is the kingdom of truth, the society of those who accept the revelation of the Son of God. Every member of the Church must accept the whole revelation, either explicitly or implicitly, by profession of all that the Church teaches. He who refuses to receive it, or who, having received it, falls away, thereby excludes himself from the kingdom (Titus 3:10 sq.). The Sacrament of Baptism is rightly regarded as part of this condition. By it those who profess the Faith are formally adopted as children of God (Ephesians 1:13), and an habitual faith is among the gifts bestowed in it. Christ expressly connects the two, declaring that "he who believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16; cf. Matthew 28:19).

It is further necessary to acknowledge the authority of the Church and of her appointed rulers. Those who reject the jurisdiction established by Christ are no longer members of His kingdom. Thus St. Ignatius lays it down in his Letter to the Church of Smyrna (no. 8): Wheresoever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be; even as where Jesus may be there is the universal Church". In regard to this condition, the ultimate touchstone is to be found in communion with the Holy See. On Peter Christ founded his Church. Those who are not joined to that foundation cannot form part of the house of God.

The third condition lies in the canonical right to communion with the Church. In virtue of its coercive power the Church has authority to excommunicate notorious sinners. It may inflict this punishment not merely on the ground of heresy or schism, but for other grave offences. Thus St. Paul pronounces sentence of excommunication on the incestuous Corinthian (1 Corinthians 5:3). This penalty is no mere external severance from the rights of common worship. It is a severance from the body of Christ, undoing to this extent the work of baptism, and placing the excommunicated man in the condition of the heathen and the publican". It casts him out of God's kingdom; and the Apostle speaks of it as "delivering him over to Satan" (1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Timothy 1:20).

Your definition, I hate to say it, but it's true, is Protestant in nature.  People only are ejected from the Church by heresy, schism, or excommunication.  Being a repeat offender, even of the worst kind and unrepentant to boot, does not make someone "not Catholic".  Simple heresy by rationalization or a "schismatic act" doesn't make someone "not Catholic" either.  To be cut off from the Church is the most severe punishment possible and is reserved for the gravest acts.

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