I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.
– John 10:11-12
|The Good Shepherd|
I'm confused. Archbishop Timothy Dolan says "abortion, marriage, euthanasia, lying, stealing, artificial contraception, sexual acts outside of marriage, ordination of women" are all Church doctrines.
That's not the part I'm confused about. I get it that these are Church doctrines which cannot be changed.
I am however left a little bit confused by the term "sexual acts outside of marriage" since New York State has now legalized "homosexual marriage". So when His Eminency uses the term "marriage", how are we supposed to interpret that? Is he saying it's OK for a "married" homosexual couple to engage in sex according to Church doctrine?
BTW, I wish that Abp. Dolan didn't try to play politically correct nice-ball by avoiding the term "homosexual". He seems to prefer the use of the word "gay". But isn't that offensive to the rest of the LGBTQ crowd?
This next item has me even more confused. Maybe confused isn't the right term. Maybe I should say 'dumbfounded' instead. No matter how many times I re-read this following statement I can't make sense of it:
"To be clear, yes, the Church does have some 'policies' that can be changed, for instance, abstinence of meat on Friday, fasting from food before Holy Communion, or even priestly celibacy.""Even priestly celibacy"??? [Insert record scratch sound effect here.] Is that a typo? Is the Archbishop saying this is just a Church "policy" on the same level as the tradition of eating fish on Friday?
Is this something Dolan's been discussing with his fellow American bishops behind closed doors? Does the Vatican know that the head of American bishops thinks that priestly celibacy is optional like eating fish on Friday?
I should stop now, but there is another thing I'm confused about. What exactly does this mean?
"I would wager most bishops, priests, deacons, pastoral leaders, and maybe even the Holy Father himself has, at one time or another wished the Church could alter the teaching of Jesus that marriage is forever, and that one cannot break that sacred bond asunder."Why would the Holy Father wish that he could change the teaching of the Church on marriage? Excuse me for saying this Archbishop, but I think you've been reading too many Maureen Dowd columns. Or have you picked up the distasteful habit of reading the National Catholic Reporter every morning?
Can't you hear your flock crying out for a shepherd to lead them?