Sunday, January 30, 2005

Don't ask Don't Tell Policy in the Catholic Church

Andrew Sullivan addresses the Vatican's possible decision to ban gay priests from the Catholic Church, and gives good reasons as to why that would be a bad idea, as well as quoting a celibate gay priest ,who cannot reveal his true identity, as to why this would hurt the Church and it's followers.

If the Vatican document, silencing gay priests, goes through the Catholic Church is abandoning its "love the sinner, hate the sin" mantra. Not to mention, the Catholic Church can't afford to lose 'good' priests considering the shortage it now has, and would actually escalate the possibility of 'inferior' priests, because the need will become so great, the bar for entering the priesthood would be lowered.

Father Mycheal Judge (New York City Fire Department Chaplin) who died September 11, 2001, while administering last rights to a fallen firefighter, would be considered unfit to be a priest. This is a man who was told not to take off his hard hat because of the danger involved, but did anyway so he could hear what the fireman's last words were. He was loved by all and truly served his community by ministering to the homeless, people sick and dying of AIDS, and to all of those Jesus Christ would have attended. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ is here on earth, and we can see him when we look at people like Father Mychael Judge.

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