The Not-At-All Catholic Reporter published an article of Father's, entitled, "Catholic Church Should Support Boy Scouts' Decision on Sexual Orientation". The first part of the article is a lame attempt to cajole us into thinking that the Boy Scouts will remain the healthy, morally-straight organization that it once was. After all that meandering, Father lets loose with can only be called moral poison. I will quote the pertinent segment below, leaving out only the paragraph breaks.
"Three times in my 27 years as a priest, I have had to sit across the room from young men who tried to commit suicide because they were gay. Three times, I have heard their anguish as they told me that their church regarded them as "intrinsically disordered" and their love as seriously immoral. Three times I have had to hear them say that part of the reason for their despair was our preaching. Conservative Catholic theologians would no doubt demand that I condemn all homosexual acts as immoral. They would want pastors to insist that all gay boys must learn to carry their unique cross of perpetual life-long chastity, a burden we would never dream of imposing on heterosexuals. They would want me to say that all gay acts are evil and all inclinations are intrinsically disordered. Well, let them say it. Let them say it to those boys who tried to commit suicide. Let them say it to the frightened little Scout who is still figuring out himself."
Let's unpack this mess, shall we? We'll do this, "bullet style".
- Three times, I have heard their anguish as they told me that their church regarded them as "intrinsically disordered" and their love as seriously immoral. Father, did you remind them that the Church doesn't consider them - as persons - disordered, but rather their homosexual inclinations? Moreover, their "love" is not true love at all. If you have confirmed any of them in their confusion, you have done them gross disservice and may well be confirming on the path to eternal perdition.
- Conservative Catholic theologians would no doubt demand that I condemn all homosexual acts as immoral. Well, not so much "conservative" as much as "Faithful to the moral teachings handed down by Jesus Christ Himself through the Church's teaching magisterium". It's a mouthful, but we get the point. And yes, Father! It IS the teaching of Holy Mother Church that all homosexual ACTS are immoral. Notice that it's the ACTS, not PERSONS, lest there be silly attempts to conflate the two. You will not be permitted to get away with it! At any rate, the "theologians" don't demand that you condemn these acts. That charge is laid upon you by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. You are called to proclaim the Gospel, to call sinners to repentance and to administer the Sacraments. Without all these elements, the unfortunate homosexual will find him/herself bereft of the graces needed to conquer these disordered inclinations. Father, knock off this politically correct schtick and administer some real help and compassion to these souls in your care.
- They would want me to say that all gay acts are evil and all inclinations are intrinsically disordered. Well, let them say it. Let them say it to those boys who tried to commit suicide. Let them say it to the frightened little Scout who is still figuring out himself. There are four sentences here. In the first sentence, let's substitute for the word "they" and rightly put in its place Jesus Christ Himself, for that is His teaching as revealed through His church. So in the first sentence, Father properly states what is his solemn duty as an ordained Catholic priest. In the following sentences, Father declares that he is abdicating his duty to proclaim the truth and to do all he can to save the immortal souls of those afflicted with homosexual inclinations. God help him if he doesn't reconsider the error of his current disposition for in addition to his own salvation, he imperils that of many others in his path.
The Cardinal Newman Society points out that this is not the first time that Father has coddled those who engage in self-destructive behaviors. This past year he gave scandal to gay students at Catholic University of America, instead of true compassion.
Of course all this begs the question, "Should Father Daly continue in his post while he is still of a mindset to lead confused souls to destruction?" We should at least contact the Archdiocese of Washington and petition for his removal, if only for his own salvation. The chancery has demonstrated its ability to move with extreme alacrity when it so desires; witness the speed with which they threw Father Marcel Guarnizo under the bus. Granted, Father Guarnizo's case was a bit different. Father Guarnizo acted in complete obedience to the Magisterium; he just happened to ruffle the feathers of the DC-area gay community and the latter simply got noisy. Father Daly, on the other hand, is thumbing his nose at the Magisterium. Will the DC chancery find the spinal fortitude and moral clarity to deal with him appropriately?