By sure to check out my good friend Fr. Gerry Murray’s piece today at The Catholic Thing.
Fr. Murray tackles the “attempt by liberal clerics and laity to compel the Catholic Church to get rid of what they deem unacceptable doctrines on sexual morality”.
Their tactic is to “change the language used by the Church in setting out those doctrines”.
One strategy employed uses a self-contradictory form of attack: a teaching is dismissed as being unintelligible to modern people because of the use of obscure philosophical language. At the same time the teaching is condemned as cruel and hurtful because those same modern people, it turns out, are perfectly capable of understanding the language and meaning of the teaching. They just don’t like it.
They don’t like it because, often, they want to justify their own sinning.
Certain bishops and priests are the prime movers in a relentless campaign to have the Church abandon the doctrine that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. In line with both the Old and New Testaments and the long history of Catholic moral reasoning, the Church instructs us that such acts are intrinsically evil and can never be morally good, under any circumstance.
Furthermore, if the Church says my choice to engage in homosexual activity is wrong, it is the Church that is in fact wrong. Such a person, who wants to commit sin with a peaceful conscience, may already have had this line of reasoning endorsed by a “sympathetic and caring priest” – of whom there are a number these days, some even media celebrities – who is himself a “hero.” Our culture tends to cast such priests as bravely speaking truth to power and risking the wrath of superiors to give comfort to those hurt by unkind words from clueless, backward Catholic bullies who take the Bible literally.
Please go read the whole thing over there.
Force the Church to change language in, say, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
NB: The same machinations are used by other libs/progressivists/etc. in other realms, not just sexual morality. For example, this is being done regarding capital punishment. Introduced into the discussion are vague terms such as “inadmissible”. For example, this is being done regarding the ordination of women. Make claims about inequality with a smattering of unsubstantiated claims about ancient times, marinated in misleading statements about the sacrament of Holy Orders. For example, this being is done in regard to Holy Communion for manifest adulterers. Bring in a words like “accompaniment”.