Time to open up to diversty, says Italian Archbishop:Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation."Good for him," Dolan said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday."I would have no sense of judgment on him," Dolan continued. "God bless ya. I don't think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo.'"
The evening concluded with a debate in depth on the matter of homosexuality. Both Luise and the archbishop praise, in substance, the opening of the Church regarding gays and de facto couples. Particularly for Luise, it is necessary on this theme, "a cultural revolution, that contemplates the fact that homosexuality is not a deviancy, but a human attitude, and not just that, considering that almost 500 natural species display homosexuality." "The new paradigm - says bishop Castellani - is that every diversity is richness. In my life as a parish priest, I saw and lived so many situations [and he describes a few]; and I am convinced that the time has come for Christians to open up to diversity."Cardinal Dolan is not refraining from judgment. "Good for him" and "bravo" are encouraging words for a man who publicly identifies as a sodomite. Archbishop Castellani is saying that sodomite couples and presumably other arrangements are signs of richness and diversity, another positive judgment.
Let me state for the record here that I care not how many bishops say otherwise, I care not if the pope gives me a direct order, I don't care if an angel from heaven tries to convince me to change. I will never, ever submit to church authorities who attempt to change the Church's traditional teachings on sexual morality. Let us obey God rather than man.
It's patently absurd that our bishops are demanding that the government respect our conscience when so many of them are either silent toward or actively undermining the Church's moral teachings. If the bishops don't believe in the doctrines they were entrusted to teach, then why the hell do they expect anyone else to?
It's helpful to remember the words of Gandalf to Frodo in Moria. The challenge of our times is that laypeople will have to work at keeping the faith while receiving no support, and sometimes active opposition, from our shepherds. Don't let a perverted sense of obedience keep you silent in the face of manifest error. If a priest or bishop says something contrary to the faith, call them out on it.