A few days ago, I posted about the sorry mess that Cardinal George created with his implication that the teaching of Jesus Christ regarding the mortal sin of homosexual behavior was open to question. Today I was given a copy of a letter written by Father George Wilkinson, pastor of Holy Redeemer Church in College Park, MD. It is addressed to the parish at large and touches on the Church's opposition to gay "marriage". You can read it here. Written on December 28th, it predates Cardinal George's gaffe, but you'll see many of the same lamentable traits.
In speaking of the upcoming legislative battle, he notes that priests will be asked to oppose the mutilation of marriage. Then he writes, "I understand such a request." Maybe it's just me, but I sense a tone of regret in Father's acknowledgement of the Church's defense of authentic marriage. He then writes, "I fully accept all people as my brothers and sisters in Christ". Well, that sounds nice, but we cannot accept the sin in which these people engage in an ongoing basis.
He then goes on to say, "as a priest, I am morally obligated to extend my pastoral love and understanding to everyone". Well, yes, but included in that priestly call is the solemn obligation to preach truth and repentance to those in his charge who are placing their souls in grave danger of eternal damnation. The "gay community" as he calls them are in that community because of their ongoing sins of homosexual behavior. These are objectively mortal sins. I am not contriving this; such has always been the teaching of Almighty God. By the same token, no one can disregard such teaching without placing him/herself in great peril. That especially holds true for those who have solemn responsibility for souls enjoined on them by the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
As you progress through the letter, you'll notice his four questions. All these have to do with how the gays can "most conveniently" continue their sinful lifestyles. Nowhere therein does Father mention how he'll proclaim the Church's teaching to them in order to bring them to soul-saving repentance and reconciliation with God. In fact, nowhere in this letter do I see one iota of concern about the salvation of the gay community. Should that not be Father's overriding concern? Ask yourselves - should one of these members of the "gay community" die unrepentant and stand before Our God's judgment throne, do you think any of these "property advantages" will amount to a hill of beans when he/she considers the eternal fate that awaits them? But such are the priorities that Father Wilkinson mistakenly touts in this letter.
I can only hope that Father understands that the gay lifestyle is literally a ticket to hell. I do not detect any such clarity in his letter. Rather, I see much of the same confused, garbled message as that spouted by Cardinal George a few days ago. Matt Abbott put out an excellent article a few days ago; please read it, as well as Laurie Higgin's article, to which he links. Additionally, today's Vortex touches on the confusion caused by clerical vascilation, such as those by Cardinal George and Father Wilkinson (click here if you cannot see embedded video).