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Monday, July 14, 2008

Local Priest Posts Truth About Moral Guidance

West Bend Daily News, July 14, 2008
"Your Views" section

Preferential Treatment Irresponsible

The time has come for me, a priest, to make arguments against high school policy that is inconsistent in its moral directives. Whether or not a child struggles with a samesex attraction, sexual expression is inappropriate at school. Promoting homosexual behavior as acceptable to those who are morally opposed is offensive. Giving preferential treatment to self-identified homosexual students is irresponsible. Here’s why. From secular law, our state defines marriage as between a man and a woman. To agree with that definition is not discriminatory, nor harassing. From natural law, attraction to the opposite gender is natural and normative. Heterosexuality is ordered to the procreation of children as well as the good of the spouses. Same-sex attraction is not natural because any sexual activity between like genders cannot accomplish its natural end, and there deviates from the norm which by definition is abnormal. From God's law, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind. It is abomination” (Leviticus 19:22). Homosexuality is forbidden by God in the Old Testament.

These Scriptures, which are sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, judge homosexual acts as gravely immoral. The New Testament has additional admonitions (Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:9; 1 Tim 1:10). The Catechism of the Catholic Church distinguishes between the inclination toward homosexuality and acts of homosexuality. The inclination is “objectively disordered,” a temptation, but not sinful. “Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” and always sinful. Those who experience the inclination “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” 9CCC 2357 and 2358).

To make the distinction between accepting a person but not their behavior is not prejudice, discrimination or harassment, it is called right judgment.

To teach reading, writing and arithmetic is the responsibility of our educators. Moral guidance is the responsibility of God’s Church.

Father Rick Wendell, Holy Angels Parish, West Bend

Ok, so I don't even know this man, but his words gave me goosebumps and tears... The first word that came to my mind when reading this was "courageous." Why? It takes courage to speak up in a small community where many people may know you, especially when you are one of the very first clergy to do so in a public platform. I applaud this man's obedience to speak what is right.


mark west said...

And how many little boys has this man assaulted?

onemoremark said...

"Moral guidance is the responsibility of God’s Church."

Does this mean it is the responsibility of the Catholic Church (God's Church - no one else need apply)? Does this mean moral guidance should only be obtained via church & give unchurched people a pass on moral guidance? I guess if the Catholic Church hadn't practiced so much homosexual behavior by priests against young boys, they wouldn't have paid out so much $$$ in settlements, and same $$$ could have been used to build their membership so that more people fell under their "moral guidance".

"his words gave me goosebumps and tears" - imagine the tears shed by those young boys as they were getting "moral guidance" from their homosexual priests.

Ginny said...

I believe God's church is a large territory of those who believe. His church is not a building, Mark, it is His people.

Anonymous said...

In repsonse to Mark West's comment,

You don't know Father Rick. He's a priest who speaks the truth. He was engaged to be married before he had a near death experience and decided to become a priest. With all due respect, it's more likely that a homosexual would be the one with the same sex attraction to little boys. Pick up the book "Goodbye, Good Men" to fully understand what happened to the Catholic church and priesthood in the 60's and 70's in Milwaukee. Our Archbishop at the time, Rembert Weakland, who also happened to be a homosexual and paid a six-figure settlement out of court to silence his homosexual lover, promoted the gay lifestyle within the priestly vocation. He allowed pedophelia and homosexuality to run rampant within the archdioscese. Please don't try to justify your lifestyle by shoving it down the throats of everyone else. Since when did unnatural behavior become the norm in society.

"Hate the sin, love the sinner".