Some gay activists are "excited" about what they perceive as a "softer tone" in the Church when it comes to gay lifestyles. To be certain, Cardinals Dolan and Wuerl seem to be falling all over themselves, almost apologizing for the need to exercise the First Spiritual Work of Mercy, that is, "Rebuke the sinner".
Cardinal Dolan opined "we gotta do better to see that our defense is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit we haven't been too good at that. We try our darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody". Dolan confuses perception with reality. In this case, the "perception" is deliberately feigned, with the most recent example being that of the witch-hunt being conducted against Father Greg Shaffer at GW. Would any sane person say that the Church is "anti-alcoholic" when its priests preach of the evil of drunkedness? It is precisely because the Church loves the sinner that she speaks so vehemently against the sin that threatens to cast that sinner into hell for all eternity (and there is "softer tone" in hell!). The Church wants to bring that person to repentance, conversion and everlasting life.
Now on the surface it appears that Cardinal Wuerl may have had an epiphany. He stated in a recent Fox interview (starting at 8:00) that gays fall into the same category as those who have divorced and remarried, a situation that normally precludes them from receiving Holy Communion. On the surface, that appears to be a stark improvement from the chancery's attitude towards Father Marcel Guarnizo last year. But wait! Where does this "normally" come from? If any Catholic in those situations receives Holy Communion, they commit a mortal sin of sacrilege. And there is no "participation in the life of the Church" unless they leave behind that sinful lifestyle, for that sin will preclude the presence of sanctifying grace, the basis for "life of the Church".
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