Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Open letter to Barbara Walters re: The Catechism of the Catholic Church

One has to comment on your apparent familiarity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the September 22 episode of “The View” where you described a part of the Catechism that obviously repulses you. Your direct mockery of the teachings of the Catholic Church relating to homosexuality, celibacy and the role of women in the Catholic Church truly highlight a warped mind. The saddest part is that, in what you and your co-hosts did, you only clearly reflected 1. your ignorance 2. your lack of work ethic and capacity as a TV presenter/host etc. to be objective and ultimately 3. your clearly dysfunctional moral standards. These reflect upon you negatively and say much about the type of person that you are or are not!!! The most negative aspect they reflect is your ignorance and a lack of true understanding of the true teachings of the Church. They reflect your cowardice, as I am sure, you would not have the courage to make the same disparaging comments about the Muslim faith, the Jews, or for that matter probably most other religious organizations.

Let me clarify very briefly what the church says. I include some statements that will enlighten you on how clearly the Church is directing its attention to the action/sin and the need for this to be avoided, rather than attacking, as it is often portrayed, the individual. On the contrary the Church’s teachings seek to console. In the “LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS” issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1986 it is stated (all emphasis is mine) “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.” The same document continues to state (what is by nature obvious) that “Homosexual activity is not a complementary union”.

The document speaks with compassion of homosexual persons stating that “This does not mean that homosexual persons are not often generous and giving of themselves; but when they engage in homosexual activity they confirm within themselves a disordered sexual inclination which is essentially self-indulgent.” The document also reprimands discrimination against such persons stating that “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church's pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.

I also have to refer you to some statements in the document “Homosexuality and Hope” issued in 2003 and again this year (2005) without changes by the Catholic Medical Association. It is interesting to see such comments as those of Robert Spitzer, M.D., who was directly involved in the 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental disorders stating in an interview that he is now convinced that “many people have made substantial changes toward becoming heterosexual” admitting that he came into the study as a skeptic but now thinks otherwise.The document interestingly further states that “almost without exception, those who regard therapy as unethical also reject abstinence from non-marital sexual activity as a minimal goal”. Shockingly or maybe really not so shockingly, the study continues to state and describe that some studies “even support a lessening of restrictions on sex between adults and minors or deny the negative psychological impact of sexual child abuse”.

This is truly not so surprising. Once the moral fabric of society starts disintegrating and such behaviors become so openly acceptable so as to be thought nothing as reflected by your comments and those of many others, it leaves very little that is not acceptable or doable. Why should we be so awe struck with the happenings around us? Don’t we reap what we sow?

One last comment, highlighting to you the wisdom in the teachings of the Church and pertaining to your comments on celibacy – a recent paper by Hallfors D.D. et al published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine 2005: 29 (3) pp163-170 entitled “Which comes first in Adolescence – Sex and Drugs or Depression?” the authors’ results indicate that “sex and drug behavior predicted an increased likelihood of depression, but depression did not predict behavior”. Sounds familiar? What the Church in its wisdom has taught for over two thousand years, science is finally “discovering” to be fact.

Loss of God from the center of people’s lives leads to a total disintegration of moral standards and social disarray as people try to fill the resulting void, and then they get caught in an unending circle of never ending problems. In defending morals and encouraging such behaviors as chastity, the Church is standing by the Natural moral law – described in the Catechism as being “immutable throughout history”, the “necessary foundation for the erection of moral rules and civil law” (see §1979).

Society will only find solace once it comprehends and heeds the message of Christ. That is all the Church is doing. How true rings 1 Corinthians 1:25-26 - "For the Foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength"!!!
God Bless (+)
Stephen

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