"Using a document named Always Our Children priests of Chicago, Rochester, and their GLBT [gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgende red] allies throughout the nation, have attempted to demonize two thou
1/19/2004 6:22:00 PM
By Michael F. Brennan
-Coalition in Defense of Church Teaching
To the Most Rev. Matthew H. Clark, Bishop of Rochester and President, Catholic Courier (1136 Buffalo Road, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624)
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His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect, Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
The Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States of America
Most Reverend Francesco Pio Tamburrino, O.S.B., Secretary, and Monsignor
Mario Marini, Undersecretary, Congregatio de Cultu Divino et Disciplina Sacramentorum
Most Reverend Joseph L. Imesch, Bishop of Joliet, IL
January 17, 2004
(revised January 22, 2004)
Using a document named "Always Our Children," priests of Chicago, Rochester, and their GLBT [gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered] allies throughout the nation, have attempted to demonize two thousand years of explicit Church Teaching on the tragedy of homosexual/lesbian tendencies and relationships.
As your excellency knows, "Always Our Children" is not a product of the body of the USCCB. It was created by a bureaucratic committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB].
The document had to be revised in June/98 after its sudden appearance in Oct/97 related to its core misinformation, and tone of GLBT and Dignity organizational activism.
Among other problems, the committee document known as "Always Our Children" of Oct/97 advised parents to take "wait and see" attitudes when their children had questionable friendships. It did not encourage parental rights and responsibilities.
Its current revision also has not been voted on by the body of bishops, because it would require more revision for approval, and has no ecclesiastical authority or magisterial weight. The revised document can be viewed at http://www.usccb.org/laity/always.htm
A document related to pastoral teaching on homosexual and lesbian relationships that was voted affirmatively by the American Roman Catholic body of Bishops is at
A recent news item in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle notes that the City government of Rochester appears to favor "gay marriage." Your Eminence could use this document "Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same Sex-Sex Unions" to explain to the Rochester City Council why homosexual and lesbian marriage/unions endangers American families and culture, as well as the sacramental marriage bond you protect.
In addition, as the closing paragraphs of this letter documents, Magisterial Teaching authority are opposed by the Reverends Marcoux, Kennedy and Tyman of the Rochester Diocese, who are leaders in the Catholic Gay & Lesbian Family Ministry (CG&LFM) of Rochester, and have authored an endorsement of the "Chicago attack" by 23 priests of that diocese.
This attack on clear Catholic Magisterial Teaching, which you are consecrated to protect, endorse and teach is an affront to your authority.
Their endorsement is circulating throughout our diocese, requesting signatures as an "OPEN LETTER TO THE HIERARCHY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH REGARDING THE PASTORAL CARE OF GAY AND LESBIAN PERSONS." I was made aware of this by a female member of CG&LFM [who believes "real Catholicism" is what Frs. Marcoux, Tyman and Kennedy tell her.]
Our group sent it to the editor of the Catholic Courier, Karen M. Franz, whose office is next to your office of President. It is also documented on the website: http://community-1.webtv.net/mfb2 Diocese of Rochester News and Views.
Please remind your priests and laity of the clear, compassionate teaching of the Roman Catholic Church in order that confusing signals and rhetoric stop. Examples of clear, compassionate, authentic Catholic Teaching are as follows:
Catholic Catechism on Homosexuality from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (English edition 1994)
2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity , tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered ." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstance can they be approved.
2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. [They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial.] This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
(Note: The bracketed text was removed on 8 September 1997 by the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Ex-homosexuals and lesbians, as well as their families, played a part in that correction.)
2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
cf. Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith: Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, VIII
"At the present time there are those who, basing themselves on observations in the psychological order, have begun to judge indulgently, and even to excuse completely, homosexual relations between certain people. This they do in opposition to the constant teaching of the Magisterium and to the moral sense of the Christian people. A distinction is drawn, and it seems with some reason, between homosexuals whose tendency comes from a false education, from a lack of normal sexual development, from habit, from bad example, or from other similar causes, and is transitory or at least not incurable; and homosexuals who are definitively such because of some kind of innate instinct or a pathological constitution judged to be incurable. In regard to this second category of subjects, some people conclude that their tendency is so natural that it justifies in their case homosexual relations within a sincere communion of life and love analogous to marriage, in so far as such homosexuals feel incapable of enduring a solitary life.
"In the pastoral field, these homosexuals must certainly be treated with understanding and sustained in the hope of overcoming their personal difficulties and their inability to fit into society. Their culpability will be judged with prudence.
"BUT NO PASTORAL METHOD can be employed which would give moral justification to these acts on the grounds that they would be consonant with the condition of such people. For according to the objective moral order, homosexual relations are acts which lack an essential and indispensable finality. In Sacred Scripture they are condemned as a serious depravity and even presented as the sad consequence of rejecting God. This judgment of Scripture does not of course permit us to conclude that all those who suffer from this anomaly are personally responsible for it, but it does attest to the fact that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered and can in no case be approved of."
Michael F. Brennan, Coalition in Defense of Church Teaching, Diocese of Rochester News and Views, P.O. Box 15743, Rochester, New York 14615
Michael Macaluso, Citizens for a Decent Community, 7 Harwood Lane, East Rochester, New York 14445
Karl Maurer,Vice President, Treasurer, Web Editor - Catholic Citizens of Illinois, 106 Calendar Court, PMB 122, Lagrange, IL 60525, http://www.catholiccitizens.org
Mary Ann Kreitzer, Les Femmes, Woodstock, VA, In the Diocese of Arlington, VA, http://www.lesfemmes-thetruth.org
Jeanine Notter, Supporter in affiliation, Les Femmes
Betty L. Gudat, Defenders of the Magisterium, San Antonio, Texas
Barbara Kralis, Jesus Through Mary Foundation, Avemaria@earthlink.net, phone: 903-532-5555, fax: 903-532-6544, 919 Harrell Road, Howe, Tx. 75459
J. Hallett, Ed., http://www.supportourdiocese.com, Oakland, California
Jim Fritz, Defenders of the Faith Inc., PO Box 1000, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Domus Dei, http://www.domusdei.com, Springfield, MA.,
Cecilia H. Martin, Ed., The Catholic Advocate, Diocese of St. Augustine, FL
Mrs. Katherine A. Parker, 2541 Magnolia Pl., B'ham, Alabama 35242
Fred Paschall, Ed., The Defender, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, WV
Romans in the Desert, Georgene Sorenson, President
Laurie Balbach Taylor, "Called to Conversion" newsetter, Hope of Saint Monica, Inc., Milford, Ohio U.S.A., (Archdiocese of Cincinnati)
Carolyn Wendell, V.O.C.A.L., Voice of Catholics Advocating Life
Tim Ehlen, Petoskey, Michigan, Valerie Lubitz, President, Los Pequenos de Cristo, P.O Box 16117, Albuquerque, NM 87191-6117
Since the note has circulated in the Rochester Diocese, the following individuals - who we are told are Rochester Diocese priests - have signed the letter in solidarity with the pro-homosexual "Chicago 23."
Priest's names are Otto Vogt, John Walsh, William H. Shannon, Dennis Shaw, Mike Bausch, Alexander Bradshaw, Lee Chase, Peter Clifford, Patrick Connor, Brian Cool, Stan Kacprzak, Jim Lawlor, Francis McNamara, William Mihatek, Ed Palumbus, Jim Schwartz, Joe Marcoux,
Bob Kennedy, Gary Tyman
For more information on the Rochester Diocese see Rochester Diocese News and Views
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