The au courrant mantra of many on the left is that of "diversity" and "inclusion." When the Sirens sing, not being "diverse" and "inclusive" is being uncharitable or, worse yet, bigoted.
Take Church teaching concerning homosexuality.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are immoral (CCC #2357). Furthermore, the Church teaches that human beings are not "born homosexual" and warns against using terms that would reduce any human being to one's sexual attraction (cf. "On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons," Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith).
Why does the Church teach this?
Embracing the homosexual identity under the false assumption that human beings are "born homosexual" can lead persons with same-sex attraction to commit acts which the Church teaches are immoral.
Defending Church teaching, in general, and Her teaching about homosexuality, in particular, does not make the individual doing so uncharitable or, worse yet, bigoted.
Try telling that to those who proved successful in getting the Board of Trustees of New York's Cardinal Spellman High School ("CSHS," located in the Bronx) to cancel a lecture by Rev. Donald G. Timone.
A retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York, Fr. Timone has been involved with the Catholic organization “Courage.” The organization offers spiritual support to individuals with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives in fellowship, truth, and love, as the Church teaches. Fr. Timone was to address the CSHS Parent’s Association in order to offer help and support those parents whose children may sense a same-sex attraction.
However, on November 19, 2013, the Bronx LGBTQ Center objected to Fr. Timone's address. A petition at Change.org did the same.
So, if The Motley Monk understands those who objected to Fr. Timone's address, a Catholic school is not free to sponsor a Catholic priest to address parents whose children may sense a same-sex attraction about Catholic moral teaching?
Cardinal TImothy Dolan took to the New York Post to denounce real uncharitable bigots in this case. In an opinion piece, Cardinal Dolan wrote:
Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I learned of the
cancellation of a talk by a retired priest of the archdiocese (a
remarkably gentle and holy man, by the way), active in Courage,
that was to be given, at their request, to parents of Catholic high
school students, intended to help and support those parents whose
children may sense a same-sex attraction.
The reaction to the planned lecture at Cardinal Spellman High School
is a shame — one that distorts the very meaning of “tolerance.”
The Motley Monk could not concur more with Cardinal Dolan's assessment, despite what some uncharitable bigots commented about the opinion piece. The "take away" from this incident is that many of those on the left who most vociferously promote the agenda of diversity and inclusion are themselves being uncharitable or, worse yet, bigoted.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the CDF's statement, click on the following link:
To read the Change.org petition, click on the following link:
To read Cardinal Dolan's opinion piece in the New York Post, click on the following link: