There came to my attention a TV interview granted by His Eminence Joseph Card. Tobin, in the never-before-cardinalatial see of Newark, less than 17 miles and about a 45 minute drive from the digs of the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, across the river.
Card. Tobin did something remarkable in that TV interview.
When questioned by the woman from NBC’s Today Show, who implicitly attacked the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and manifestly got it wrong – she said the Church says that homosexuals are “intrinsically disordered”, which is not what the Church teaches – Card. Tobin did not correct her error. Card. Tobin did not defend what the Church actually teaches in a way that even someone from NBC can understand… with the help of repetitions and words of few syllables.
NB: The Church says that the inclination is intrinsically disordered.
Instead, Card. Tobin said – and I’m not making this up….
TOBIN: “The Church, I think, is having its own conversation about what our faith has us do and say with people in relationships that are same-sex. What should be without debate is that we are called to welcome them.”
NBC: “But how can you welcome people that you call ‘intrinsically disordered?’”
TOBIN: “Well I don’t call them ‘intrinsically disordered.’”
NBC: “But isn’t that the Catechism of the Catholic Church?”
TOBIN: “That is, it’s very unfortunate language. Let’s hope that eventually that language is a little less hurtful.”
“… a little less hurtful”.
So, Tobin did not correct her mischaracterization. He distanced himself from language used in the CCC, though she had gotten it wrong.
But what is the real problem with what he said? Follow the logic.
He suggests that, through some sort of “conversation”, whatever that is, the language used to describe who homosexuals are and what they do will be “a little less hurtful”.
Think about that.
Less hurtful is still hurtful.
How much “hurtful” is an acceptable level of pain? How much less hurtful is within acceptable parameters?
Once you accept the MSM and modernist and secularist and homosexualist and Jesuit position that the Church’s teaching (language = teaching) is “hurtful”, then you are on the ropes of logic. You have no where to go but to acquiesce to their desire to force the Church to deny her teaching and to jettison natural law and divine revelation as a foundation for morals.
You wind up like Peter, warming himself at the fire in the MSM’s courtyard while the Truth incarnate is on trial. When challenged about the Truth, he caved.
Charity is more important than being “less hurtful”. Charity involves the truth for the sake of the true good of others. That may require discomfort, even danger and self-sacrifice. It may involve not simply accepting the position of the MSM and the Jesuit homosexualists and the Fishwrap and others who hate the Faith. It may involve not being popular and safe and adored by the world.
I’ll turn on the moderation queue and try to keep the knucklehead stuff to a minimum.