All in the Disfunctional Family

Rev. Ed Cachia, a former Catholic priest who was chastised and eventually excommunicated for speaking out in favour of the ordination of women, has found a new job and a new calling at Ste. Anne’s Country Inn and Spa. This spring he joined the spa’s customer care team, becoming the unofficial Chaplain of Ste. Anne’s. He greets guests upon their arrival at the spa, and is always available “to offer a listening ear, a listening heart.”Formerly the parish priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cobourg, Rev. Ed wrote a controversial newspaper article in 2005, but had been speaking out about women’s ordination since 1998. “My purpose was not to create division, but to make people think and reflect, and to encourage dialogue about women priests, celibacy, same-sex marriage, and contraception.” He initially felt angry and upset about the controversy, but eventually accepted his situation and found peace.Adding Rev. Ed to the customer care team reflects the spa’s emphasis on the spiritual aspects of life. Like offering good, wholesome food and using environmentally friendly spa products, introducing a non-denominational Chaplain is just one more way of furthering the spa’s commitment to “fitness for the soul.” As Ste. Anne’s owner Jim Corcoran notes, “you have to take care of the soul before the body; only then can you take care of those around you.” Not only will having an informal Chaplain enhance the spa’s spirituality, but since some 80% of spa-goers are women, Rev. Ed, who sacrificed everything to speak out in favour of women, is a perfect fit. Whether guests at the spa are at a difficult crossroads in life or just wanting some friendly company, Rev. Ed will generously offer them his warmth and compassion. (Source)

As Socon or Bust readers know, Mr. Corcoran is the gentlemen who is seeking to usurp his own bishop’s authority by appealing to the Supreme Religious Authority of Ontario (the Ontario Human Rights Commission).  Despite his protestations of being unfairly singled out even though (he claims) he is chaste, Mr. Corcoran still likes to associate with and reward excommunicated priests.

The chances of him winning anything are nil since the Ontario Human Rights Commission does not have any jurisdiction over voluntary associations like the Catholic Church.  It is concerned with employment and housing “rights”.  For there even to be a hearing, Mr. Corcoran would have to be employed by the Diocese of Peterborough which he is not.  If Mr. Corcoran was a deacon or a priest who was paid, THEN there would be an issue.  As it stands now, however, the inquisition will have to be deferred to the Mullahs of another Kangaroo Kourt like the CHRC, and its she-priest, Jennifer Lynch.

10 thoughts on “All in the Disfunctional Family

  1. How do you evaluate Mr. Corocran’s claims to be chaste (not whether you believe him but the fact that he lives with another man)?

    On one hand you could say “No alcoholic recognizing the temptation of alcohol and wishing to ‘overcome’ it would spend every night in the bar,” and then you might draw the parallel to a homosexual man living with another homosexual man, chastely…

    But on the other hand, if he is living chastely, isn’t that what the Catechism calls for him to do?

    These musings aren’t relevant to the news regarding his relationship with his diocese, but after reading his claims of chastity it got me thinking. What do you think?

  2. Two issues here:


    There two scenarios here: a chaste homosexual living with a presumably active homosexual

    a. – if the chaste homosexual is serving in a public function of the Church

    b. – if the chaste homosexual is NOT serving in a public function of the Church

    a. is very problematic but b. is less so and perhaps could be justified

    #2 – Alcoholism is not the same as sodomy. Alcoholism concerns too much of a morally neutral thing (alcohol). Sodomy is participating in something *by its nature* that is against the moral law.

    Engaging in both is wrong but they are on 2 separate levels.

  3. Not comparing alcohol and homosexuality, but am comparing how one might make unwise decisions. A recovering alcoholic should not spent his evenings in a bar, even if he is just buying lemonade, and similarily it could be argued, a homosexual man wishing to live chastely should not be living with another homosexual. The whole temptation thing…

    You haven’t really given your impressions on what I was wondering about, namely how to move forward if in fact our character in question is living chastely (and assuming the person he is living with is living chastely as well…)

  4. The way to move forward is for this man to simply drop his complaint and apologize to the bishop for causing public scandal.

    As for his personal situation, he should move out or his partner should move out.

    He is only humiliating himself and the homosexual community…not because of the sexuality issue…but because of how the homosexual community is being perceived more and more these days in seeking to jackboot Christians. It’s an epidemic now. They should grow up and realize that there will always be people who don’t think that sodomy is a great idea.

  5. Your opinion about the news story is interesting, and it is your blog, but that isn’t what I am inquiring about…
    In any event, I agree that the complaint should be dropped

  6. Just how you evaluate his chastely living with another man (if we assume the relationship is a chaste one)…

    And your not being obtuse. It’s probably just me not being clear.

  7. D.

    I think all we have to go on is what Corocran says.

    Which shouldn’t really count for much.

    If you read his blog, he also talks about how he wants to become a priest, etc, etc.

    I think he protests too much to be believable.

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