Connect the dots
Clayton Emmer posted a comment over at the Openbook blogger that is too important to be overlooked. The subject is the November 12 conference on human sexuality (pdf file) sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Clayton was one of the attendees. He writes:
Just a taste of what the 30 or so catechists received in the presentation on Gay and Lesbian Catholics:I gather that Clayton is planning to post more details concerning this presentation. Until then, however, I cannot help but attempt to connect some of the dots, at least for myself.
Dr. Bill Mochon (gay Catholic, aspiring permanent deacon for the archdiocese, and co-director of the Ministry to Gay and Lesbian Catholics) told us that the Bible has nothing to say about homosexuality. The OT passages were related to hospitality, and St. Paul's references were vestiges of the OT habit of avoiding all similarities with pagan practices.
The ludicrous assertion that the Old Testament passages about homosexuality are related to "hospitality" comes straight out of the DIGNITY playbook. DIGNITY considers itself a Catholic organization which is actively working to change the Church's clear and constant teaching that homosexual acts are always intrinsically disordered and gravely sinful.
In 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a letter on the pastoral care of homosexual persons in which it was stated:
"All support should be withdrawn from any organizations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely. Such support, or even the semblance of such support, [emphasis mine] can be gravely misinterpreted."Yet the man to whom Cardinal Mahony has entrusted the delicate task of teaching catechists about human sexuality as well as co-direct the Archdiocese's M.L.G.C. ("Ministry to Lesbian and Catholics") is obviously a friend of DIGNITY. In fact, just two years ago, Dr. Mochon was one of the headliners at the DIGNITY convention in Las Vegas. Other speakers included Richard Sipe (darling of the "Keep the Faith, Change the Church" VOTF crowd); Brendan Fay (of ACT-UP New York infamy); and the ever recalcitrant Jesuit John McNeill (long-time 'gay' activist and DIGNITY member).
My question is: why is this man given a platform to teach catechists of the Archdiocese and minister to homosexual persons when only a short while ago he associated himself with an organization and with individuals who flagrantly opose the moral teachings of the Catholic Church?
Connect the dots.
This all fits in with what the LOS ANGELES TIMES reported regarding the Archdiocese's reaction to the soon to be released document on homosexuals and the priesthood:
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles said the instructions would have little, if any, effect on how seminaries in the Los Angeles area admit candidates.In Mahony's L.A., despite whatever Rome might say, it's always business as usual.
Openly 'gay' in Mahony's L.A.
Mahony's openly 'gay' deacon designs new website
A tangled web