Don’t call Gay: Objectively disordered… Intrinsically evil…etc!
Clean up Augean stables of Catholic Vocabulary!
dr. james kottoor
Cover image: Fr. Martin is known for his now famous book: “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church & the LGBTQUI Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” He has the support of 3 US cardinals
Ireland has been making global news breaks of late. The latest is lead by the Catholic laity in Ireland to hand over a petition to Pope Francis coming to Dublin to attend and bless world meet of families due to be held from Aug.21 to 26. Pope’s visit will be confined to last two days 25-26.
LGBTQI Means: Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer; Intersex
What the Irish Church is revolting against is picturously presented in poster prints for the whole world to see as above. It is against the unchristian, judgmental, offensive language still used against the LGBTQI community in Ireland. LGBTQI is the short form for: Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer; Intersex, The short form used till recently was: LGBT or Gay & Lesbian.
‘Who am I to judge?’
And think of it, it was Francis, the first Pope in Church history, who started out his papacy with the words of a Prodigal Father of Mercy Unlimited and non-judgmental: “Who am I to judge?”about ‘gay people’ who seek God in prayer. Now even after four years under his papacy, are the gay people of God in Ireland to be addressed with the language of the accused? Objectively disordered? Intrinsically evil?
Would Jesus ever use these words? If not why shouldn’t the Pope take the initiative instantly to get this totally unchristian and objectionable language removed from the Catholic catechism and parlance?
The object of this world-wide campaign is to collect as many signatures as possible to support their petition to the Pope, so that the new decisions he takes in support of the LGBTQI community to whom he has been exceptionally compassionate, benefit not only those in Ireland but also those all over the world.
Sign the Petition
So the readers of CCV are requested to sign this petition on the basis of the compelling reasons adduced and the opinions of persons of international repute like Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai who has been pressing the Indian Government time and again to legalize gay relationships in India. Cardinal Tagle of Manila, senators and journalists support this cause.
Can you help us distribute this petition? We have set it up on Change.org.
This petition is open to all to sign: You do not have to be a Christian. The Vatican’s language about LGBTQI people is encouraging homophobia around the world!
In the picture: At the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park are 3 supporters of this petition: Pádraig Ó Tuama, Ursula Halligan and Senator David Norris.
You can read more and sign the petition here:
We are hoping to build up big support for this petition before Pope Francis arrives in Ireland 25-26 August 2018.
If you can share this with your network and on social media that would be great!
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We Are Church Ireland
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Ireland’s Topsy-turvy past
Ireland has a topsy-turvy story to tell the world. For long it was known as the most Catholic country in the world, more Catholic than the Pope even. Time was when that reputation rang out loud and long.
Now the pendulum has gone to the other extreme, to be in the fore front leading liberal nations to speak out and act out first. Thus it became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage in the country in 2015 through plebiscite with 62% approval; quite recently it voted out the country’s abortion law with 66 % against that archaic law in a referendum; the widely publicized cruel death of the 31 year old Indian dentist Savita from Karnaraka. She had to die on 28 October, 2012 due to refusal of a savage state law not permitting abortion. Thus she became the publicity symbol and trump card to swing vast majority in favour of the referendrum.
Another Indian connection in this context is, that the present Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is a publicly known and nationally accepted gay person and partly Indian (his father Ashok Varadkar is Indian). Can such liberal things happen in our present BJP-RSS ruled India? According to Gandhi ji Indian nationalism cannot be exclusive, aggressive or destructive
Dublin World Family meet
To come back to the main topic of world Family Synod in Dublin and Papal visit, according to Vatican Insider some 30 thousand people from 103 different countries have already registered to attend this function. "The highest number of any world meeting of families". About 6 thousand are 18 years old or younger. More than a quarter of the participants are couples between the ages of 29 and 40. Already 5500 volunteers have already registered.
Among notables who will be attending this meet are Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children, Marie Collins, Irish woman victim of a pedophile priest as a child and former member of the same pontifical commission and American Jesuit James Martin who will be a keynote speaker on matters surrounding LGBTQI;
Fr. Martin(seen in the above picture) is known for his now famous book: “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church & the LGBTQUI Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” He has the support of 3 US cardinals
Though many sensitive and explosive issues are expected to be discussed at this meeting one may expect that more sense than sound and light than heat will come out of the whole exercise. Besides Francis knows that we are now living in a world where traditional type of faith is becoming marginalized and fading out from public space and so he has to find new ways to convince hearts what the teachings of Jesus implies and how they are to be spread, not by imposition or judgment but by conviction and attraction, not coercion.
God’s Mercy in the Family of Man
So all the demands made in the petition are likely to receive a positive response from Pope Francis. Why? In this case the patient is asking for is what the doctor has been prescribing for long ago. He is not there to judge or punish, but to make shine his God of prodigal mercy and compassion in the Family of Man!