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Chicago archbishop decries targeting of gays in Orlando attack

Archbishop Blase Cupich leads his first Easter Mass in Chicago in 2015 at St. Julie Billiart Parish in Tinley Park, Ill. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Chicago.  

(RNS) Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has decried the apparent targeting of gays and lesbians in the Orlando nightclub massacre and called for greater efforts on gun control, the first senior U.S. Catholic churchman to identify a reason the victims were singled out and raise the controversial issue of access to weapons.

“Our prayers and hearts are with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, their families and our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters,” Cupich said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon (June 12).

Cupich also sent a letter that was read at the Sunday evening Mass sponsored by the archdiocesan LGBT ministry assuring them that “the Archdiocese of Chicago stands with you. I stand with you.”

“Let our shared grief and our common faith in Jesus, who called the persecuted blessed, unite us so that hatred and intolerance are not allowed to flourish, so that those who suffer mental illness know the support of a compassionate society, so that we find the courage to face forthrightly the falsehood that weapons of combat belong anywhere in the civilian population,” Cupich wrote.

His comments came as details emerged about the early morning attack on a gay nightclub by a Florida man — a Muslim who pledged loyalty to the extremist Islamic State group — that left 50 dead and more than 50 injured.

It was the largest shooting rampage in modern American history and the worst terror attack since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

“In response to hatred, we are called to sow love. In response to violence, peace. And, in response to intolerance, tolerance,” Cupich said in his statement Sunday.

Cupich, whose city faces a scourge of gun violence, also raised the issue of gun control in his statement as he did in the letter to the gay ministry.

After Memorial Day, the number of people shot this year in Chicago was at about 1,500 — up more than 50 percent over last year, according to the Chicago Tribune. Of those, at least 250 had been killed.

The attacker in Orlando, Omar Mateen, 29, who was killed in a shootout at the club with police, recently bought a handgun and an AR-15-style assault rifle, the type of weapon commonly used in mass shootings.

“The people of the Archdiocese of Chicago stand with the victims and their loved ones, and reaffirm our commitment, with Pope Francis, to address the causes of such tragedy, including easy access to deadly weapons,” Cupich said. “We can no longer stand by and do nothing.”


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Earlier Sunday, the Vatican released a statement saying that the attack prompted “the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil” in the pope, who called for prayers for the victims and their families.

The statement did not mention the sexual identity of the victims or the mass marketing of weapons — a topic the pontiff raised in his historic address to Congress last September.

The Vatican statement Sunday did say that Francis hopes “that ways may be found, as soon as possible, to effectively identify and contrast the causes of such terrible and absurd violence which so deeply upsets the desire for peace of the American people and of the whole of humanity.”

Cupich has been one of the few U.S. prelates to speak out against gun violence and for gun control, but his mention of the sexual orientation of the victims in the attack at a gay nightclub was unusual as well.

Many Catholic leaders expressed their grief and horror at the massacre, and called for prayers.

But it was rare to find any mention either of the gunman’s apparent motive or the fact that gays and lesbians were targeted.

Indeed, even using the terms “gays and lesbians” is notable, as churchmen tend to prefer the term “homosexuals” or to speak of people with a “same-sex attraction.”

The head of the Orlando diocese, Bishop John Noonan, late Sunday afternoon called for a prayer vigil for Monday evening (June 13) but made no mention of the fact that the attacker targeted a gay nightclub.

Noonan lamented the “massive assault on the dignity of human life” and said prayers had been offered for “victims of violence and acts of terror … for their families and friends … and all those affected by such acts against God’s love.”

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami also did not mention the sexual orientation of many of the victims but in his statement said: “Hatred blinded the conscience of the perpetrator of these horrible acts, acts no one must be allowed to excuse or justify. The survival of civilization demands zero tolerance towards such acts of barbarism. Hate-inspired terrorism is still a clear and present danger in our world.”

Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik warned late Sunday against “taking out our grief or anger on any group of people” and added:

“Our Muslim neighbors are grieving over this tragedy as much as our gay and lesbian neighbors. We are all God’s children. May we love, honor and respect one another as such.”

A brief statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, bemoaned the “unspeakable violence,” called for prayers and “ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.”

That statement contrasted with Kurtz’s statement a year ago after the shooting massacre in a black church in Charleston, S.C. Speaking two days after the attack on Mother Emanuel by a white supremacist, Kurtz repeatedly condemned the “racism and the violence so visible today” and called for efforts to combat both, in personal change and through public policies.


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It remains to be seen if Catholic leaders will become more specific in their comments in the coming days. The American hierarchy is currently gathering in California for a closed-door retreat that is expected to last several days.

Indeed, Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Monday wrote a blog post expanding on his initial reaction.

In that column, he called for banning assault weapons, saying it was a “pro-life” issue, and he warned against using the tragedy to ramp up prejudice against Muslims.

But he also said that “it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people.”

“Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence,” Lynch wrote, saying the victims “were all made in the image and likeness of God. We teach that. We should believe that. We must stand for that.”

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky also issued a statement on Monday calling for action to promote “a less violent, specifically a less gun-violent society” and added: “We must contribute to more rational and tolerant speech and action in the public sphere and unequivocally condemn crimes of hatred motivated by homophobia.”

Other Catholics have not been hesitant to note the elephant in the room, as it were.

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and popular writer, tweeted early Sunday afternoon that while he was not sure about the gunman’s motivations, “church leaders must speak out against hatred and violence directed against LGBT people.”

 

Blase Cupich’s Response to Orlando Shooting

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  • It is the pope and his officials who engender violence and hatred of LGBT persons. Pope Francis called same-sex marriage an “anthropological regression” in 2014 and compared transgender persons to nuclear weapons in 2015.saying both do not “recognize the order of creation.” Francis-appointee Cardinal Sarah stated at last months’ Catholic prayer breakfast in Washington DC that transgender rights are “demonic” and marriage equality is “poison.” (newwaysministryblog) Not one US prelate denounced his rhetoric.

  • Thanks, archbishop.

    I guess.

    Am I being mean if I say something about crocodile tears?

    Maybe you can start addressing the role that your church has played in this violence, with its talk of justifiable discrimination, threat to marriage and family, intrinsically morally disordered, inherent tendency towards grave moral evil?

    And let’s not leave out your late, unlamented predecessor, with his comment about how gay people wanting marriage “have lost touch with their humanity.” Or Cardinal O’Brien, denouncing gay people as morally disordered while hiding his own homosexual past. He’d know all about it, wouldn’t he? Or archbishop nienstedt, your neighbor. With his similar “issues.”

  • If you have read anything I have had to say, you would know that I condemn ALL of the toxic spew from every religion and its condemnation of gay people.

    This column was in particular about the Catholic Church. You can read my comments elsewhere about other churches.

    But you won’t.

  • I’ll believe that Americans are genuine in their call to do something about gun violence when people start calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment.

  • While the Chicago Archbishop’s statement is better than the others because he at least had the courage to speak the words Gay and Lesbian, he still represents a Church that teaches homosexuals are intrinsically disordered. An amazing condemnation of God’s creation. This condemnational teaching is a significant part of the larger societal negativity towards homosexuals that engenders and emboldens the Omar Mateens of our nation and the world.

  • SATAN and his DEMONIC ANGELS are the ONLY Spirit – Driven BEINGS responsible for these murders !! Woah to those that think this is just a hate – filled human battle – on EITHER side !! Be carefull whose side you take !!! It’s Black and White . No more Gray areas !!!

  • We disapprove atheism. That doesn`t mean that we should support or encourage hatred or violence against atheists. We should respect and engage in dialogue with the LGBT community, and condemn any sort of violence against them, but that doesn`t mean that we should change our faith because of that. I agree with Father James Martin comments. All sorts of violence are deplorable.

  • What “BEINGS” does gay/ transgender “natural” ( no I.V.F. or surrogate / 3rd party interventions ) – CARNAL – anal & vaginal stimulation “activity” create ??? NOT ONE PERSON !!!! That is what all the outrage is about !! What is so “natural” about the perversion of the sexual act. Anthropologically , this is how the human race has continued in existence ; not through sterile-copulation.

  • Let us pray today to assemble our energies to create synergy in coming up with solutions, strategies and more to STOP such tragedies. The facts are there: it occurred in a club where LBGT’s gathered for fun and enjoyment, and tragedy did strike; and second, it was caused by a Muslim, for whom we learn more and more information, hour by hour on radio, TV, etc. Can we deny it all! NO!. Again, the facts are there, let us say it the way it happened. But more than that, let us pray for those who perished and their families.

  • The pope is still an insular whack job allowing this hatred to percolate throughout his church.

  • The church makes pretty talk while inflaming the hate by their bigoted interpretation of a book.

  • If we’re going to claim to be speaking of “facts”, let’s look at all of the fingerprints on this gun that he used.

    The fingerprints are those of the following:

    Islamism
    Homohatred
    Self-hatred of the shooter.
    Christian based Homobigotry
    Lax gun laws.
    The NRA.
    THe Republican Party obstructing any meaningful gun legislation.
    The gun manufacturers, putting profit before all.
    ISIS?
    Madness
    Congress

  • No one cares if you change your faith. I don’t care what you believe. I care about what you do with those beliefs.

    Get your goddam and goddaming religion out of my life, out of our civil laws, and mind your own goddam business.

  • If you have ever had sex for any reason except for procreation, or had a sexual thought that doesn’t lead to procreation immediately, you have just invalidated your own argument.

  • Here is what a much better Christian than this doofus from Chicago says. Still not as far as he could go, but light years ahead of this doofus.

    Bishop Robert LynchBishop Robert Lynch of the St. Petersburg diocese penned a surprising op-ed for the Washington Post:

    …sadly it is religion, including our own, that targets, mostly verbally, and often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.

    Those women and men who were mowed down Sunday were all made in the image and likeness of God. We teach that. We should believe that. We must stand for that.

    Even before I knew who perpetrated the mass murders at Pulse, I knew that somewhere in the story there would be a search for religion as motivation. While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe and judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion, their sexual orientation, their nationality must be offensive to God’s ears. It has to stop, too.

  • Have no idea what you mean !! As my “FAITH” statement it makes perfect sense ! As a FAITH- “LESS” reader I suppose it makes no sense !!!

  • Doesn’t anybody find it “STRANGE” that all these “hate-filled” comments AGAINST religion and mostly the Catholic religion are being posted on a RELIGIOUS web site ??? I thought all these recent Florida killings were about a “hate filled” perpetrator !! So how is ranting about religious – persons solving any HATE !! I assume these comment – contributors believe they have the answers ! Without any religion we’ll all live in perfect harmony and peace !! Is that their message ? How about the millions of pre-born humans being killed every day so some & many women can say they have that RIGHT !! It’s their body !! Whose body are they hating enough to kill it before it leaves their body ?? This is a “supernatural” battle since time began that feeds on hate as long as our hearts & minds are open/closed to the influences !

  • Must be wonderful to have such an “superior” intelligence AND all the answers , humming !!!! All us “FAITH”/ ” Religion- Belivers” are undoubtably dumb/ deluded , poor souls in your mind !! Oh, I forgot – we have no souls !!

  • This is a religion news site, not a religious site. It contains straight news, commentaries and features concerning all religious topics, from fundamentalism to atheism.

  • Well, EXCUSSSSEEEEE me for my “religious” analysis most learned ones !!! Why not call this a ” pick on the Catholic Religion ” web – site since that is what a majority of the commentators are ranting about !!!

  • You forgot to add one thing: The perpetrator was gay. This was a gay killing other gays.

    So, now you own it.

    A gay man, non-Christian and a Democrat to boot, perpetrated the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, and he did it against fellow gays.

  • If he was anything, he was a homosexual hating homosexual, not gay. He was the product of what religious bigotry does to gay people. It teaches them to hate the finest part of themselves, to exercise their personal demons while pretending to exorcise mine. As I have said repeatedly throughout all of this, the greatest opposition to ending your vicious prejudice comes from homosexual hating homosexuals.

    But hey, whatever you want to believe. I can see who you are.

    But while you are on the subject, let’s talk about Christians killing Christians, Christians killing Jews, Christians killing Muslims, and all of you religious people killing all of you religious people.

  • But while you are on the subject, let’s talk about Christians killing Christians, Christians killing Jews, Christians killing Muslims, and all of you religious people killing all of you religious people.

    Why, yes. Let’s divert the topic and talk about something irrelevant to what happened in Orlando. That way, we won’t have to face the ugly truth.

    And, of course, only Christians have prejudices. “Gays” don’t. We all know that. “Gays” love, say, the Catholic Church.

    “Gays” are as bigoted as any Westboro Baptist fundamentalist; they just choose a different type of bigotry, that’s all.

  • I’m not the one trying to tar a whole group of people based upon one person’s actions. You are.

    Own it.

  • You don’t try to tar a whole group of people? Are you serious??? Did you not read your last paragraph? What did you say about “religious people”?

    See where you talk about “Christians killing… Christians killing.. Christians killing…”?

  • To have sexual contact by “artificially” blocking ( using contraceptives /prophillactics) ” or “un-natural” – anatomical genital contact is definitely not pro – creating ! Thoughts alone cannot reproduce , Duhh !! Our society is constantly stressing natural ways of living i.e. natural/organic food products ; natural water ; natural gas, wind & solar energy etc. So why do some heterosexual / homosexual and trans- gender people believe it’s their right to contracept or copulate and that’s “their” natural act ?? Define perversion and relativity . What’s good/right for me is not necessarily good/right for everyone , mentally . This is the reason we have this ” sexually ” diverse conduct in the world. So there is no such thing as TRUTH – GOOD – EVIL !! If relativists believe this we can live whatever way we want and it doesn’t hurt anyone.

  • If the catholic church is so supportive and can’t understand this violence, why do they approve of bishop hounder who quotes Leviticus in its entirety as being the church’s “unambiguous position” on homosexuality? how about the statement on their website that gay families cause “violence toward children”?
    They describe us as subhuman and wonder why these things happen? They’ve been giving tacit approval to everything else.

  • Officially the Catholic Church does not condemn homosexuality despite how your interpretation of certain bishop’s comments seem ; it condemns “homosexual – behavior” as not being “natural” and that as far as I understand has always been It’s position !! Children psychologically need a female mother and a male father since that’s how they were created ; THAT’S JUST A FACT . Not by a “self – chosen” same – sex couple ! It’s in the DNA. So , same – sex adopted and “surrogate” children , deliberately , are not being allowed the entire advantage of being raised by there true biological heterosexual parents . It’s called “deliberate” deprivation so that the same-sex couple can have a family their way ! The same- sex couples selfish need to do it their way ; to as it were ” change the natural rules ” ; intentionally ; because they biologically cannot conceive a child . This is the “type” of violence they have imposed on the child.

  • I don’t care about your reproductive plans.
    Threatening to kill people is detrimental to them
    Saying we are objectively disordered and unable to love is not exactly supportive, it’s hostile slander.

    Sounds like you have a selfish need to have everyone else do it your way.

  • and it’s been brewing for a while.
    But let me get this right: it’s others who are picking on catholic religion?

  • Sorry , but I had nothing to do with creating the reproduction – PLAN . Or don’t you think that you are a product of reproduction ?? Killing the “pre-born” is not exactly an ordered activity – either !! Unless you believe the pre – born are much less important than THE ” GROWN UPS” !! I personally don’t care what YOU care about reproduction ! But I do care that not just threatening but actually killing any living being is wrong and how a being comes into existence does involve reproduction ; it’s not “my” reproductive plan . It’s a fact of life , whether you care or not !! Sounds to me like it’s YOUR way or the highway !!! Care – LESS !!! Whose way are we talking about here ???

  • I’m not sure why you somehow make “killing the “pre-born”” as a gay thing but right there it’s spreading hostility. Somehow you think that gays are less important than heterosexuals. Not sure why you claim I want everything my way, look at your above statement.
    I just want you to stay out of my personal life, thought I made that clear. Obsessing over someone else’ family in your way is gravely disordered.

  • It’s not about not having religion. They are saying a religion that paints a picture of hostility is not healthy.

  • “All” lives matter and are important not just HOMOSEXUAL – lives , this is my point !! We are all in a Human family . How is that obsessing ??

  • My tone is that hate & killing is wrong and the pre born have been and continue to be targeted so the hate is not just against homosexual people and that’s why I bring up the pre born although there are probably pre- born homosexual human beings being aborted , realistically speaking.

  • Sorry you feel that way !! But I can discuss my reasons for this dilemma however I see it ! No more discussion !!

  • .
    Matthew 5:17New King James Version (NKJV)

    17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.

    Genesis 2:24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. –

    Deuteronomy 25:5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6 And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. (It is always male and female)

    Leviticus 18:22 – 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.

    Leviticus 20:13 – If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

    Matthew 19:4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

    Acts 15:19-20New International Version (NIV)

    19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

    1 Kings 14:24 New International Version (NIV)

    24 There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. – what do male prostitutes do? Abominations.

    Acts 15:19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11English Standard Version (ESV)

    9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

    New International Version

    Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

    1 Corinthians 10:8English Standard Version (ESV)

    8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

    Jude 1:7 – In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire

    1 Timothy 1: 9-11 “ …. understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,a liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.”

    1 Corinthians7 – Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.”

    Romans 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

    1 Corinthians 11:9 -neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

    1 Thessalonians 4:3-8New International Version (NIV)

    3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

    Galatians 5:19-21

    New International Version (NIV)

    19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Ephesians 5:31

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

    Colossians 3:5

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.

    2 Peter 2:6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);

    Ephesians 5:24-25 New International Version (NIV)

    24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

    25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

    Ephesians 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

    Matthew 15:19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.20 These are what defile you.

    Revelation 2:20 International Standard Version (ISV)

    20 But I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and who teaches and leads my servants to practice immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.

    Revelation 22: 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments,[g] that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into thecity. 15 But[h] outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

    My favourite: 1 Corinthians 11:11New King James Version (NKJV) 11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.

    BIBLICAL SUMMARY OF HOMOSEXUALITY

    • A wicked act (Gen 19:7; Judges 19:23)

    • An abomination (Lev 18:22; Lev. 18:26; Lev. 18:27; Lev. 18:29; Lev. 18:30; Lev. 20:13)

    • Folly (Judges 19:23)

    • A vile act (Judges 19:24)

    • A vile affection (Rom 1:26)

    • An act against nature (Rom 1:26)

    • An abusive act (1 Cor 6:9)

    • A sin against one’s own body (1 Cor 6:18)

    • An act that defiles (Lev. 18:24; Lev. 18:25; Lev. 18:27; Lev. 18:28; Lev. 18:30; 1 Tim 1:9)

    • Those that practice it shall not inherit the Kingdom of God (I Cor 6:9-10; Jude 1:7; Jude 1:13; Rev. 21:8; Rev. 21:27)

    (many thanks to Adam in Christ for this)

  • 2 Timothy 3:16 – 6 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work.

  • We have in common that Jesus loves us. Whether we’re both going to Heaven is a different story. I am. Are you?

  • Are you going to Heaven – that does not entail superiority on my part – just blessings.

  • Jesus spoke about it. Jesus is the only way to Heaven – something you may want to consider.

  • No , that doesn’t outrage me , as well !! In fact heterosexual couples that have not been able to conceive through no fault of their own do have my compassion . It’s “SELFISH” couples that deliberately and intentionally prevent conception for “self-serving” motives alone who are defying/distorting the act of pro creation by eliminating/destroying the “natural” result of the marital embrace.

  • Within the Christian / Catholic Church there exists a formal organization called ” Courage” which was formed to help and support persons who have homosexual attractions in dealing with that aspect of their personality . Mainly on how to remain “chaste” /pure in heart & body without any self – hatred / bigotry or loathing for homosexual individuals. For years it has been very successful in it’s mission. It would be very beneficial to hear from people that are connected with ” Courage” to share some of their thoughts about this issue in this column . Maybe those people sense too many of the comments to be hateful judgments of Church/clergy individuals & will not contribute as to how ” Courage ” has helped them. Speak up for “Courage” !!

  • From the catechism of the Catholic Church..

    Legitimate defense

    2263 The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. “The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one’s own life; and the killing of the aggressor. . . . The one is intended, the other is not.”65

    2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

    If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s.66
    2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

    Suicide

    2280 Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.

    It would seem to me that Church Teaching is that self-defense is a legitimate recourse when our life is endangered. it would seem that the teaching also promotes we have a duty as stewards to preserve the life God has entrusted to us.

    My opinion is the Bishop should start promoting the ownership of firearms for the preservation of the precious life God has given us stewardship..

    there are two possible sins if we allow ourselves to be disarmed.. .1 Failing to protect the life God gave us.. and giving someone power to take our life is no different in result than an act of suicide. 2. Allowing another to commit murder by taking our life unjustly.. because you are in fact participating in the sin and allowing it to happen.

    my thoughts.. of course the devil likes to twist good to evil under the guise of good intentions…. i.e the gun bans, etc.

    Dear Bishop.. I hope you are able to read these thoughts… focus on the human being and the human heart.. God will work out the rest. When people stop murdering, then I will give up my firearms.. not until then.

    I wonder what the outcome in Orlando might have been if perhaps those poor people had been allowed to carry concealed in that location? To this point.. Chicago has some of the most strict gun laws in the nation.. yet the murder rate is extremely high. I suggest people should concentrate of having the “right to own and conceal firearms” whether they want to own or conceal a firearm at all. Perhaps if a criminal has to guess whether the next prey will be armed or not, they might not be so quick and ruthless in harming others.

    I will continue to protect myself and protect the lives of others.. I feel it is a duty to myself, my family, and my community. I think others should too.. anything else is allowing murder .. that’s participating in sin. Sin by omission, or sin by collusion.. however you want to call it. Have a good pure heart Bishop, but change will come by changing hearts through preaching the word and works of God/JESUS – not by meddling in politics to forcibly disarm law abiding people.. children of God, brothers in Christ who want to protect their families and others.

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