Are you really a Catholic if you don’t uphold Church teaching?

One of my rules regarding talking about religion is to pretty much never talk about any church except the one I attend.  Islam would be an exception since it’s not a religion, but more of a political movement.  So if Presbyterians change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, well, so be it.  I’m not a Presbyterian, so I consider that none of my business.

On the other hand, when Catholics act badly, that is my business.  Much ado is being made over Indiana’s Restoration of Religious Freedom Act, one, I might add, that is probably going to be gutted due to the homosexual activists claiming they will be unfairly discriminated against.  No never mind if the person who declines to bake a cake for their “wedding” will have his life ruined due to their harassment.

Which brings me back to Catholics acting badly.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has come under fire for calling on teachers and staff members at high schools within the archdiocese — Sacred Heart Cathedral, Archbishop Riordan, Serra and Marin Catholic — to accept contract and handbook language against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives and artificial insemination.  source

Let me make this abundantly clear.  The good Archbishop, a true defender of Church teaching, is not telling the staff they can’t ever sin.  He’s only asking them to not promote teaching that is contrary to the Catholic faith while in their employ.

Sounds reasonable to me. I wouldn’t want to spend money to send my child to a Catholic school whose teachers promote whatever their pet (petty?) agenda happens to be.

So how do some of the parents and teachers respond?

By marching in defiance of his contract requests.

Carrying signs reading “Who Am I to Judge?” and “Love One Another,” hundreds of students, teachers and supporters marched Monday evening from the Mission Dolores Basilica to the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco, where they delivered petitions opposing the archbishop’s “morality clauses” at four Catholic high schools. source

Getting the picture?  If you teach that homosexual acts are wrong, you no longer “love” someone.  It didn’t take long for some of the marchers to conjure up the “hate” word, either.  If you believe adultery is wrong, cohabiting without benefit of marriage,  or  abortion is wrong, then you have become a “hater.”

These mighty leaps of thought with a complete lack of logic in any of these statements is proof that even a Catholic school is not teaching the children very well.

“I can be a Catholic and a follower of Jesus without accepting what the hierarchy says but accepting what I think Jesus would have said,” said Sue Fandel, a parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro who married her longtime female partner this month.

Let me be blunt here, Mary.  No, you can’t be either a real Catholic and a follower of Jesus with that attitude.  May I also remind you that it is not the “hierarchy” of the Church making these statements, but the teachings of Jesus which they’re trying to uphold.  And these teachings do not include what “you think Jesus would have done.”  If you don’t like it, start your own church.  Lest you think I’m being harsh, let me further add that I’m telling you this precisely because I love you.

Saddest of all is the brain-washed students who have obviously never had  decent catechetical formation.

“At the core of the religion is love, acceptance, respect and dignity,” said Gino Gresh, 18, a senior at Sacred Heart. “Whatever the archbishop is doing is completely contrary to that.”

No, Gino, what the good archbishop is doing is the most loving, accepting, and respectful position to take.  Would you decline to tell your friend who is indulging in dangerous drugs that what he was doing was just A-okay with you because you accept and love him?  Of course not.  When you love someone, you want what is best for them.  Living in sin is not dignified, no matter how you try to spin it.

For these teachers and parents to encourage the debasement of the teachings of the Church to the children God has given them to protect and teach, is beyond any thinking person’s comprehension.

The two greatest Commandments are:

  1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength;
  2. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

Truly loving your neighbor includes teaching them right from wrong.  We can only hope that on this, the most holy week of the year for Christians, that these dissenters will have an epiphany of thought.


Adrienne blogs about politics and culture with a heavy dose of kitteh’s at Adrienne’s Corner.  She used to have a writing muse, but she died and is in Purgatory awaiting the return of Jesus.