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Chaput vs. Martin-What Catholics Must Do to Hold Clergy Accountable

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Chaput vs Martin

Recently, Archbishop Chaput responded to a flood of emails that were in his emails regarding the recent visit of Father James Martin, SJ at St. Joseph’s University this week. Fr. Martin, the author of Building a Bridge, visited the Jesuit run university that is on the mainline. He gave a talk on his book that discusses how to handle homosexuality.

One day after his appearance, Archbishop Chaput released a statement criticizing him for how he is causing ambiguity with church teaching on homosexuality. In turn, Fr. Martin wrote a commentary responding to Archbishop Chaput’s column.  He thanked him for the thoughtful critique, yet he vows to continue doing what he is doing.

While I admire the archbishop for taking the time to clarify the vague preaching of Fr. Martin, he has missed the mark in dropping the harsh truth on what he has done. Many Catholics were hoping for the hammer to be drop. However, I admire that Philadelphia’s humble shepherd has a certain approach to controversy.

It is clear that Catholic Americans are divided today because of poor catechism and worst of all is poor preaching from our priests who are afraid of telling the honest to God truth. The best solution is to encourage our priests, deacons, bishops, and even religious to live out their call. They must know that they serve a greater purpose and that is from God.

What Can We Do?

  1. Hold our clergy accountable
    1. I, like many of my fellow Catholics, grow tire of hearing homilies that miss the mark. We need priests that are willing to preach the truth at all times through words and actions.
    2. We must continue to encourage our priests to preach the truth even if it makes certain parishioners uncomfortable. Newsflash: The truth is never meant to make you comfortable. Rather, it is and will always be true.
  2. Read the catechism
    1. According to the catechism, 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.” The solution is “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.” (CCC 2359).
  3. Read books and watch interviews of Catholics with same-sex attractions.
    1. I am blessed to have some across two amazing young adults who are gay, but they are living out their faith. Here’s a YouTube Video that breaks down the church’s teaching on homosexuality. Note: It’s a two-part series, so here is the second half.
    2. Another Catholic with SSA is Avera Santo. This month she made an appearance on EWTN’s Life on the Rock.
    3. One book that is high on my recommended reading is one by popular YouTube sensation Fr. Mike Schmitz called Made for Love
  4. Visit Courage International
    1. Parents, if you have children with SSA, there is a ministry that will help you called Courage International. Fun fact: The spiritual director of the organization was once a priest at my parish. His name is Father Philip Bochanski and has had speaking engagements and even appearances on EWTN, particularly on Life on the Rock

Truth and love go hand to hand as we reach to God’ds special people. Homosexuals do not need pride parades or even exclusion from heretical clergy. Rather, they need to seek God’s truth and have the humility and fortitude to walk with him.

Written by mkelly22

September 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM

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