CATHOLICISM IS NOT INCLUSIVE

CATHOLICISM IS NOT INCLUSIVE

[No perversity (in one form or another) under the guise of diversity here]

1/9/18

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on controversies embroiling two Catholic entities:

When the pastor of a rural Minnesota Catholic church learned that three male musicians each claimed to be married to a man, he dismissed them. When officials at a suburban Maryland Catholic school learned that a substitute teacher and field hockey coach was associated with a white supremacist group, they dismissed him.

Both decisions were merited.

The Catholic Church opposes gay marriage and racism. While neither the gay men nor the white supremacist were openly flouting their convictions, once their status became publicly known, Catholic officials had little choice but to dismiss them. Not to do so would be to give sanction to behaviors that are in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Church.

That should be the end of the story. However, the three gay men have garnered some community support, and one of them is refusing to leave the church. There has been no positive reaction to the teacher who has ties to racists, and he is not contesting the decision to fire him.

Similarly, gay activists have taken up the cause of the gay musicians, maintaining that the Catholic Church should be inclusive. But that is precisely the argument that white racists could make regarding the Maryland teacher: the Church should welcome everyone.

The word catholic means universal, but it is a profound misreading of Catholicism to suggest that it is an inclusive organization. It is not. Nor for that matter is any institution: from the smallest cell in society, namely the family, to global organizations such as the United Nations, all are founded on exclusivity: they have lines of authority, based on either kinship or institutional strictures, that exclude those who do not qualify for membership.

Diversity, si. Inclusiveness, no. That is what Catholicism represents.

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2 comments on “CATHOLICISM IS NOT INCLUSIVE

  1. Catholic theology and natural reason acknowledge the intrinsic goodness of every creature, qua creature, its origin being
    Supreme Goodness Himself. The Fall altered the course of history, however. This change for the worse has ever since been the object of God’s infinite charity and instruction.
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    Thus, rightly ordering diversity to serve the supernatural is the greatest challenge of authentic Catholicity, as opposed to merely sentimentalizing fallen man’s near infinite capacity for iniquity.
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    ‘Twas never an easy task but whenever churchmen stuck to the supernatural object of their calling there resulted miraculous improvement. And, when that dedication faltered, moral and temporal chaos followed.
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    One can argue that our present day is as threatening as the era Hilary White’s recent column, featuring St. Benedict, addressed. I have no doubt that only a supernatural response by the Church – and of that magnitude – has any prospect of taming present and future barbarism.
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    The false idols of conciliarist gadflies ARE being shattered and here and there scales are beginning to fall from certain eyes. It is only a tiny start but then, so was St. Benedict’s

    • That reminds me of St. Benedict being given poison by his monks because he was too strict. When he blessed the drink, it shattered.
      Sanctity is a lifelong pursuit. With this age of instant gratification, we’re going to need someone like St. Benedict to lead the charge.

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