The December 12, 2008, issue of The Tidings, Cardinal Roger Mahony's L.A. archdiocesan newspaper, has a column, "Let's cut to the chase, shall we?" (click on this post's title), by Tom Ehrich, a "writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest."
The column's specific anti-Catholic part is here:
"A church truly concerned about 'historic Christian teaching' would look at Christian history -- the gap between Jesus' circles of inclusion and the early Church's hierarchy and exclusion; the gap between Jesus' call for peace and Church-sponsored wars; the gap between Jesus' humility and prelates' pride --- and conclude that, yes, perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at what they claim and what they are."
But the rest of the column reeks of hostility to Catholicism, too -- hostility to Catholic, and derivative Protestant, doctrine on sexual morality, especially the part against sodomy.
Ehrich's gripe is that "the tiny Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, Ill., recently voted to secede from the national Episcopal Church for being too liberal." He can't stand "Its stern refusals -- No to women as priests, No to homosexuals, No to theological diversity [sic] ..."
I've inserted "sic" after Ehrich's term "theological diversity," because the correct term, obviously, is "heresy." We should hope and pray that the Episcopalians of Quincy, Illinois, are on their way back home to Rome, to the One, True, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
But back to Ehrich. He writes:
"If a church wanted to walk the walk of Jesus as Savior, it wouldn't be debating sexuality. It would be helping people to deal with economic deprivation and to correct the values that led to this morass. It would promote community and sacrifice."
Ehrich also pens this truth-bending, misleading bilge:
"Jesus, of course, said nothing about homosexuality, ordination rules or church structures. An estimated two-thirds of his teachings concerned wealth and property and our need to be more generous and sacrificial."
That is "the chase" we're supposed to "cut to." Just drop all that inconvenient stuff about purity and having a clean heart, and instead live by the Democrat Party platform.
Ehrich also writes:
"A truly evangelical church would embrace all of Scripture and not just cherry-pick the few verses that confirm a cultural stance on homosexuality."
Notice the lies that recognizing sodomy as sinful is "cultural," not a matter of morality, and is a "stance," not a teaching.
Um, Tom -- and you, too, The Tidings -- don't you remember the times Jesus told us to have a clean heart and avoid lust? Was, and is, Jesus not saying that to everyone? Was He exempting homosexuals from being chaste?
And why did Jesus found the Catholic Church? And name Peter its first head? And set up a hierarchy, His Apostles, and call only men to be among them? And create the Sacrament of Holy Orders and ordain only men?
No wonder that Ehrich wrote this to the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois, on June 15, 2008:
"Instead of crowd-stirring detours into religious ideology and supposed 'values' issues like abortion and same-sex marriage that have nothing to do with Christian values but merely agitate some Christians, candidates would address world stature lost to torture chambers, ham-fisted anti-diplomacy and bullying unmasked as weakness."
Time to clean house at The Tidings. Does Cardinal Mahony see no need to?