homosexualist forces always talk about
tolerance, equal rights, personal dignity,
freedom to choose. All well and good.
But when what they advocate violates
the truth, when it involves the murder
of the unborn, when it is about overturning
traditional and time-honored Judeo-Christian
values, when it is an all-out assault
on family and life, when it endangers
the eternal salvation of souls, when
it is the very work of the evil one,
then such anti-life and anti-family
actions should be opposed vigorously.
Praise God for faithful clergy like
Paso Priest on Homosexuality: Genuine
Love Seeks Eternal Salvation, not 'Tolerance'
PASO, Texas, August 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- Although his small stature and gentle
voice don't betray it, Rev. Michael
Rodriguez's strong words and fidelity
to Catholic Church teaching against
homosexuality have caused quite a stir.
local media began paying attention when
Rodriguez, a parish priest at El Paso's
San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, issued
several columns against the homosexualist
agenda earlier this year in response
to the city council's decision to grant
benefits to domestic partners of city
a column issued earlier this month entitled
"Every Catholic Must Oppose Certain
Things," Rodriguez laid out the
simple proposition that "Every
single Catholic, out of fidelity to
charity and truth, has the absolute
duty to oppose (1) the murder of unborn
babies, and (2) any and all government
attempts to legalize homosexual unions."
urge all of the Catholic faithful to
treat homosexuals with love, understanding,
and respect," wrote the priest,
who called homosexuality
an "unequivocally intrinsic moral
evil" alongside abortion.
"At the same time, never forget
that genuine love
demands that we seek, above all, the
salvation of souls. Homosexual acts
lead to the damnation of souls."
response to the controversy caused by
Rodriguez's columns, Darren Hunt of
ABC KVIA 7 interviewed the priest alongside
Pifas Silva, an open homosexual and
former Catholic who is member of several
local homosexualist groups.
argued, with respect to city policy
on homosexuality, that "you really
want to keep religion separated."
"I really don't believe it's a
religious issue, I believe it's a moral
issue and a civil rights issue,"
he said. Silva also took issue with
what he perceived as Rodriguez's lack
of "forgiveness" and other
priest, in turn, emphasized that the
Church's teaching on homosexuality is
based on Jesus Christ's love for each
individual: thus while the Church promotes
the human dignity of homosexual persons,
he said, the issue
of "tolerance" can sidetrack
from the real issue.
question always has to come back to
what is the truth," he said. "Jesus
Christ came to this world to bring us
to Heaven. He teaches the truth with
love. He loves all of us, all of us
homosexual activists continue to avoid
the real issues under the cover of these
words ... equal rights, dignity ...
The Church acknowledges all that, but
there's still the real issue that, what
is right and what is wrong? What are
God's commandments? We like to
talk a lot about rights: what is our
duty to our fellow men, what is our
duty to God, what do we have to do to
priest pointed to the Gospel story of
the rich young man who approached Jesus
as guidance for what questions should
be asked. "It's a beautiful question
... he doesn't ask Jesus about what
are my rights ... he asks the key question
that all Catholics must ask themselves:
he says, 'Teacher, what good must I
do to gain eternal life?'" said
one audience member questioned whether
Rodriguez spoke officially for the diocese,
the priest said it was not a matter
of "just one person's opinion or
another." "I'm definitely
not just presenting my own opinion,
I'm doing my best to transmit faithfully
what the Church teaches," he said.
priest encouraged the audience member
to look up the Vatican's own statements
on homosexuality. The Catechism of the
Catholic Church, as well as documents
from the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith and the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops, are unanimous in
calling homosexual acts intrinsically
disordered and incompatible with the
union of man and woman that constitutes
the fruitful union of marriage.
[the Church] has to really love her
children who are struggling with a homosexual
orientation, she has to help those children
to salvation, to be faithful to the
truth with the love and tenderness as
a mother," explained the priest.
"Ultimately it's a question for
a need for a profound healing. That's
the question of any sin."
to me to live is Christ, and to die
is gain." (Phil 1:21)