Cardinal Dolan has posted a response to the negative reactions his capitulations to the Gay Lobby has produced.
You can read it here.
In my opinion, his response is very disturbing if he really believes what he is saying. Why? Because some of the things he believes about the circumstances surrounding this attack on the Catholic Church strikes me as either naïve or willfully blind.
Either way, the coming years will soon disabuse him of his fantasy beliefs about the Gay lobby. He’ll have plenty of time to reflect — although have we not lived through enough evidence of the Gay Jackboot to know where this sorry tale is going to end up? Gay activism is all about demanding and forcing acceptance. That’s all anyone really needs to know about the faux-tolerance that the rainbow activists push on the rest of society. And the last vestige of at least FORMAL repudiation remains the Catholic Church. It’s the last bastion of resistance that they will attempt to overcome.
Here are a few comments which Cardinal Dolan has made that are exceptionally problematic:
However, the most important question I had to ask myself was this: does the new policy violate Catholic faith or morals? If it does, then the Committee has compromised the integrity of the Parade, and I must object and refuse to participate or support it. From my review, it does not. Catholic teaching is clear: “being Gay” is not a sin, nor contrary to God’s revealed morals. Homosexual actions are—as are any sexual relations outside of the lifelong, faithful, loving, lifegiving bond of a man and woman in marriage—a moral teaching grounded in the Bible, reflected in nature, and faithfully taught by the Church.
Ask the wrong question, as Cardinal Dolan does, and you get the wrong answer. The question that Cardinal Dolan asks is not the relevant question (and there are more than one) in this scandal. The question here is this: Does Cardinal Dolan’s participation in the parade with a group that openly espouses homosexuality as normal (and even desirable) compromise the Catholic Church’s teaching on the depraved behaviour that these individuals engage in? That’s one question that Cardinal Dolan does not answer. Does Cardinal Dolan want us to believe that the people marching in this parade think that their behaviour is not morally acceptable? If they really believed it was immoral, then why would they want to show their pride in it by marching? The mind boggles at the refusal of Cardinal Dolan to examine the logic of his position.
So, while actions are immoral, identity is not! In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, people with same-sex attraction are God’s children, deserving dignity and respect, never to be treated with discrimination or injustice.
Since when did the Catholic Church recognize “Gay identity”? There is no such thing as “Gay identity”. “Gay identity” is a heretical formulation of the culture of sodomy to carve up the human person and assign an “identity” which is based solely on their sexual conduct. Identity is distinct from one’s behaviour. It is rooted in the immutable nature of personhood given to us by God:
So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. – Gen.1:27
A person may have sinful inclinations to immoral behaviour, but that is not his or her identity.
We do not define a person’s identity by any sexual activity, even natural, moral sexual activity. A person’s identity is rooted in the image and likeness to God and nothing else.
Therefore, the Cardinal should not be recognizing a fiction that the Gay lobby has foisted on him and the culture. Instead, he should have the courage to call it out as a fraud and refuse to recognize such a demonic teaching.
To the point: the committee’s decision allows a group to publicize its identity, not promote actions contrary to the values of the Church that are such an essential part of Irish culture. I have been assured that the new group marching is not promoting an agenda contrary to Church teaching, but simply identifying themselves as “Gay people of Irish ancestry.”
Does anyone really believe that this group or the army behind it is not promoting an agenda? Oh please! Just stop and open your eyes, your Eminence! Can you not hear the clamour around you as the next assault comes barreling down on your head?! It’s coming. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is next.
And, for the record, it appears that the main point is being missed here. The real battle going on here is whether the Catholic Church (even through a tame proxy like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade) is able to publicly exist in civil society. Will it be possible, I wonder, to have any public event without bowing down to our Gay masters? That is what this question is ultimately about.
It appears that Cardinal Dolan has contented himself with allowing the Church to retreat into the proverbial catacombs…except in the future, they won’t be so proverbial.
Instead of squabbling for the scraps that civil society gives, THIS should be the Church’s attitude to confronting the tyranny that awaits us: