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Gay marriage a threat to humanity’s future: Pope

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/09/us-pope-gay-idUSTRE8081RM20120109

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The pope has got it wrong. Again. Gay marriage is not a threat to humanity’s future. It is, however, a threat, a big threat, to the celibate, all-male Roman Catholic priesthood. Why? Because if gay men can openly marry, then many gay men who are attracted to the RC priesthood, which is in effect a gay profession, might opt to live their gay lives openly with a spouse rather than having secret, closeted gay sex for which the Roman Catholic priesthood is well known. [FJD]

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Gay marriage a threat to humanity’s future: Pope

By Philip Pullella | Reuters – 18 hours ago

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.”

The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.

He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper “settings” and that “pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman.”

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he said.

The Vatican and Catholic officials around the world have protested against moves to legalize gay marriage in Europe and other developed parts of the world.

One leading opponent of gay marriage in the United States is New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, whom the pope will elevate to cardinal next month.

Dolan fought against gay marriage before it became legal in New York state last June, and in September he sent a letter to President Barack Obama criticizing his administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.

In that letter Dolan, who holds the powerful post of president of the U.S. Bishops Conference, said such a policy could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.”

The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.

“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” Benedict told the diplomats.

Gay marriage is legal in a number of European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands.

Some Churches that have allowed gay marriage, women priests, gay clergy and gay bishops have been losing members to Catholicism, and the Vatican has taken steps to facilitate their conversion.

In 2009, Benedict decreed that Anglicans who leave their Church, many because they feel it has become too liberal, can find a home in Catholicism in a parallel hierarchy that allows them to keep some of their traditions.

The Vatican has since set up “ordinariates,” structures similar to dioceses, in Britain and the United States to oversee ex-Anglicans who have converted and be a point of contact for those wishing to do so.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by Tim Pearce)

 

INTEGRITY: Letter to Deacon John Brennan, Diocese Investigator, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

Received by email from the author, Paul Kendrick.

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INTEGRITY

January 8, 2012

Deacon John Brennan
Diocese Investigator
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Portland, Maine

Dear Deacon Brennan,

In the course of your employment for Bishop Richard Malone, you investigate priests, religious and church workers who are accused of child sex abuse.

But, you have never issued an investigative report about Bishop Malone’s and his best pal, Rev. Paul Miceli’s role in the cover up and transfer of abuser priests in the Boston archdiocese.

Integrity.

Let’s face it, no matter the evidence, no matter the conclusions of your investigative reports, no matter the consensus of the Review Board, the final decision about all child sex abuse cases in this diocese rests in the hands of Bishop Richard Malone.

In 2002, when it was decided to hastily remove a Quincy, Massachusetts pastor from his parish due to child sex abuse allegations, Auxiliary Bishop Richard Malone instructed the assistant pastor to tell parishioners that their pastor was leaving for “health issues.”

In other words, Malone told the assistant pastor to lie.

An isolated incident? I think not.

Malone and Miceli worked together as members of Cardinal Law’s inner circle; Malone as Secretary of Education and Miceli as Secretary of Ministerial Personnel.

Thanks to in-depth investigative reporting by the Boston Globe, we know that priests who abused children were routinely transferred to new, unsuspecting parishes with access to hundreds of children in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Malone and Miceli knew firsthand about the danger these priests presented, yet they did nothing, and I mean nothing, to protect children.

What’s it like, do you think, for Malone and Miceli to take stock of their lives and somehow force themselves to acknowledge that because of each of them, the healthy lives of innocent children who were sexually abused by abusers they knew about are wrecked forever?

Integrity.

How about you, Deacon Brennan?

Does it make you proud to take a paycheck from people like this?

There are eight men who are presently seeking remedies from the Diocese of Portlabd for the harms and injuries inflicted upon them as a result of their being sexually abused when they were children by serial child molester, Rev. James Vallely.

Church officials were negligent in protecting these and other children from Vallely.

Malone and his well paid lawyer, Gerald Petruccelli, are employing hardball legal tactics against these abuse victims because the antiquated legal statute of limitation has expired.

In the sermons you preach, Deacon Brennan, is there a moral statute of limitation? If you are my spiritual director, will you advise me to ignore making amends and restitution to a person I caused harm and injury to 20 years ago?

Integrity.

Sincerely,
Paul Kendrick