THE SERVANT GENERAL
RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX UNIONS - 7
May 20, 2015
I don’t know why Pope Francis appointed this radically
liberal pro-homosexual cleric. Perhaps because in his concern
for the poor, he wants someone who likewise loves the poor,
even if he is staunchly pro-gay? But can we dichotomize spirituality
and social action? Don’t soul and body go together?
Those who are pro-homosexuality actually desire to make over
the Church to their image and likeness. They do not just want
to extend mercy and compassion to homosexuals, but they want
to anoint homosexuality as an acceptable and even “Eucharistic”
lifestyle. And they are not just calling for tolerance, but
are themselves intolerant of traditional viewpoints.
Evil is within the Church.
Timothy Radcliffe, a new consultor for the Vatican's Pontifical
Council for Justice and Peace
appointee says gay sex can express Christ’s ‘self-gift’
ROME, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pope Francis has
appointed radically liberal,
pro-homosexual Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe
as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Justice and
Holy Father made the appointment on Saturday, according to
Father Radcliffe, an Englishman, author and speaker, was Master
of the Dominican order from 1992 to 2001, and is an
outspoken proponent of homosexuality.
must accompany [gay people] as they discern what this means,
letting our images be stretched open,” he said in a
2006 religious education lecture in Los Angeles. “This
means watching 'Brokeback Mountain,' reading gay novels, living
with our gay friends and listening with them as they listen
to the Lord."
2005, as the Vatican deliberated the admission of men with
homosexual tendencies to study for the priesthood in the wake
of the Church sex abuse scandal, Father
Radcliffe said that homosexuality should not bar men from
the priesthood , and rather, those who oppose it should be
As a contributor to the 2013 Anglican Pilling Report on human
sexual ethics Father Radcliffe said of homosexuality:
does all of this bear on the question of gay sexuality? We
cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted
or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and
how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can
be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So
in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive
of Christ’s self-gift. We can also see how it can be
expressive of mutual fidelity, a covenantal relationship in
which two people bind themselves to each other for ever.
Father Radcliffe often celebrated Mass for the U.K. dissident
group Soho Masses Pastoral Council (now renamed the LGBT Catholics
Westminster Pastoral Council).
The priest is also a supporter of the proposal of to allow
communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.
He currently works as director of the Las Casas Institute
of Blackfriars at Oxford University, a social justice center.
Social justice is the focus of the Pontifical Council of Justice
and Peace, established in 1967 by Pope Paul VI in response
to the Vatican II proposal for establishment of a body of
the universal Church that would “stimulate the Catholic
Community to foster progress in needy regions and social justice
on the international scene.”
The pope appoints roughly 40 members and consultors to the
pontifical body, according to their background and experience,
who serve for five years, giving input to the planning for
When the Council gathers for assemblies, it’s for discernment
of the "signs of the times," Vatican.va states.
London, Ontario's Father Paul Nicholson suggested in his blog
that observers can wonder how much Pope Francis knows about
“The Holy Father is only a man, and is limited in how
much he can know about any and every appointment,” Father
Nicholson wrote. “His primary language is Spanish and
perhaps he has not been sufficiently briefed. And that may
be done intentionally by those around him.”
The Boston Globe’s Catholic website CRUX called the
appointment “a move sure to raise eyebrows among the
Church’s traditional guard,” and termed Father
Radcliffe “a strong ally of Pope Francis,” before
listing various controversies surrounding the Dominican over
The selection of Father Radcliffe by the Holy Father drew
criticism from many Catholics.
The Scottish blog Catholic Truth blog called it an “absolutely
shocking papal appointment.”
“It’s very clear indeed now, that to be 'a priest
in good standing' means to be opposed to all that is truly
Catholic – and that includes true morals,” the
post read, and called for prayers for the Holy Father.
“Interesting that these appointments are going out over
the weekend so people can't comment as readily,” The
Eponymous Flower blogged in a post titled, “ Evil
Dominican Tapped For Important Post.
“Good times for dissident Dominicans”
was the headline of the Rorate Caeli post on the papal appointment,
which called Father Radcliffe “Uber-liberal.”
“It is true that Radcliffe has ‘opposed’
‘gay marriage,’” the post said, “but
his farcical ‘opposition’ rests on grounds entirely
contrary to those of the Church: Radcliffe opposes it because,
in his words: ‘gay marriage’ ultimately, we believe,
demeans gay people by forcing them to conform to the straight
“Radcliffe's acceptability has just received a major
upgrade with this latest appointment,” Rorate Caeli
stated. “A tremendous slap to the face of so many good
Catholics who had opposed him out of fidelity to the faith.”