I appreciate that Busted Halo is attempting to reach out to disenfranchised 20 somethings being a 20 something myself. Reciting Canon Law would not win souls.
But at the same time, I have a real serious problem if they water down church teaching so much that it stops being Catholic or worse it goes against the Truth of Christ.
I don’t know much about their radio program but what I have found on their website scares me.
Keep it simple by all means, but at least keep it right. The “Ask Fr. Joe” section works much like “Ask an Apologist”
When asked about homosexuality, Father Joe gives a good explaination of church teaching that he then undermines at the end of every paragraph.
I take my faith seriously, and still in my heart I believe that homosexual people are children of God, and that God would want them to express their love for each other in a committed monogamous relationship. Am I a bad Catholic because I feel compelled to follow my heart on this one?
Here are some highlights to the answer:
The Catholic church (in its official teaching) has a
problem with same-sex marriage for at least two reasons.First, the church has maintained an opposition to sexual relationships between people of the same sex dating back to the prohibitions found in some of the letters of St. Paul. Since marriage of its nature involves a sexual relationship, two persons of the same sex cannot enter into it. A longterm committed celibate friendship between persons of the same sex might be permissible in theory, although in reality few would find this an attractive option. Gay marriage also contradicts the Catholic understanding of marriage as a sacrament, which is that a man and a women enter into a covenant which promises both mutual love and an openness to children. Both these conditions are necessary for a sacramental marriage. Since a couple of the same sex are unable to conceive children,they cannot celebrate this sacrament.Opposition to gay marriage is not unique to the Catholic church: it is a belief that has been shared by other Christian denominations and in fact other religions, although some have begun a process of reconsidering the issue.
Not too bad. Decent start.
A teaching of the church that has been consistent for over 2,000 years needs to be taken seriously. However, even longterm teachings of the church have in fact evolved into something new: for example the church’s condemnation of taking interest on money loans, attitudes toward war and peace and teaching concerning the church’s relation to the Jewish people.Is there room for change with the church’s teaching about gay marriage?
Does this comparison hold water?
A second fact to consider is the way in which science is changing our understanding of sexual orientation…snip… Catholic teaching is already acknowledging this to some degree in its distinction between sexual activity and orientation. Sin involves a free choice of the will, so something predetermined cannot be sinful. However these scientific studies are still in process and much about the causes and factors involved in sexual orientation reminds unknown. If it is proven beyond doubt that sexual orientation is genetic in origin, in what sense could it be considered “unnatural?”
This is not good. Although the point that if one is born with a disorder it may significantly reduce their moral culpability, he leads the reader in the wrong direction. Genetic disorder + natural = good. Sure he doesn’t come right out and say good but the article sets things up so the reader is led to infer it. Does anyone else get that?