I guess it would be throwing gasoline on the fire to remind those alumni and staffers that sodomy is one of the sins that cries out to heaven for vengeance? If I live to be 120, I will never understand why so many Catholic priests shy away from being "divisive" or "controversial." Scripture isn't my strong suit, but I vaguely recall some important dude once saying that he came not to bring peace but a sword, and that even family households would be divided amongst themselves over his words. Obviously good Catholics can differ over tactics while sharing the same strategic goal, i.e. the salvation of souls. But there comes a point where you have to accept that it's not the way you're passing on the message, but the message itself people object to. Men said to Jesus Christ's very face that his teachings were too hard and they weren't going to walk with him anymore. Do you really think you can do the Messiah one better?
When discussions like these start, liberals are quick to shift the frame. They claim that the Church's teachings about the gravely disordered and sinful nature of sodomy are cruel and discriminatory. Those teachings single out a group of individuals and commands them to live a life utterly devoid of love and fulfillment. How dare you hateful bigots hold to your outdated superstitions when they inflict pain on real people!
There are two points to remember about the liberal frame: 1) they do not believe in the laws of nature or God; and 2) they believe this life is the only one there is. Far too many Catholics, like far too many "conservatives" accept this frame when they make their counterarguments ensuring they will lose the fight before it even begins. Human beings were not made for this world. As the old Baltimore Catechism put it, we are made to know God, to love him, serve him, and be happy with him both in this life and the next. We were made for eternity. We were made to be happy with God in heaven.
Jesus told us that the two great commandments are "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, etc.," and "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." How do we love God? Jesus tells us, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." How do we love our neighbor? Love means desiring the other's good. And what could be a greater good than heaven? Love doesn't mean we passively watch our loved one tread the path of self-destruction. You'd intervene if your loved one was abusing drugs or alcohol, wouldn't you? Wouldn't you also intervene if they were routinely violating the commandments of God, if you really believe in the Christian religion? If you really believe in the Christian religion, then why do you allow liberals to reframe the discussion to a worldview that does not include God?
Well, what the pope actually said was that we shouldn't disconnect the moral commandments from the message of the Gospel (although even then, I'm hard pressed to think of many Catholic priests who preach the moral commandments at all, let alone too much.) One writer takes exception to the school's actions:
The answer, of course, is yes. Free speech is only for the free and equal superman, not for the filthy subhumans who are still bound by the chains of religion, history, tradition, and nature. And by the way your Eminence, but don't you have the power to get that school sorted out? Am I missing something? Is there something which compels you to be a passive bystander Cardinal Dolan?
h/t: Rod Dreher