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megimoo
11-29-2008, 03:40 PM
Be careful not to offend gay worshippers, Catholic priests warned (by UK bishops)

Roman Catholic priests have been banned from using 'heterosexist' language in their churches in case they offend gay worshippers. They have been told by their bishops not to assume that every churchgoer is a heterosexual and to reflect this 'in language and conversation'. 'Remember that homophobic jokes and asides can be cruel and hurtful - a careless word can mean another experience of rejection and pain,' say the bishops in a leaflet advising priests and worshippers how to be more welcoming to gay people.

Priests are also encouraged to put up posters advertising 'support services' for homosexuals, a move bound to infuriate many Catholics who believe gay sexual activity to be sinful. The advice was welcomed by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell as a 'positive initiative which will bring great comfort to gay Catholics and their families'. snip
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The only thing that will save the Church in GB is the appointment of a decent Archbishop of Westminster (who is the Catholic Primate of England). The current one, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is terrible, but he’s retiring and some very good people have been mentioned as his replacement. Some bad ones, too, alas, so we shall see...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1090422/Be-careful-offend-gay-worshippers-priests-warned.html?ITO=1490

Aaron Burr
11-29-2008, 04:10 PM
Bah. Friggin' poms. The problem stems from the top down. Here's an example. I give to you the Prime Minister of England.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyvhMHDi6Mo

Lanie
11-30-2008, 04:41 PM
They're still condemning homosexuality as a sin (and probably denies communion to practicing homosexuals). I don't see the big deal.

Gingersnap
12-01-2008, 09:53 AM
They're still condemning homosexuality as a sin (and probably denies communion to practicing homosexuals). I don't see the big deal.

The big deal is that this type of "outreach" dilutes some of the core doctrines of the RCC in the minds of people who are not very knowledgeable about their faith.

Supporting someone to turn away from sin, resist temptation, repent of past errors, and make a sincere commitment to live out the teachings of Church is a noble and very Christian effort. Supporting someone in their erroneous belief that homosexual behavior is normal, valuable, and equal to the married state in terms of vocation is wrong.

It's only a matter of time before adulterers start telling themselves these same stories: it's genetic, it doesn't really hurt anyone (or shouldn't), it's a healthy alternative to being single and five times as promiscuous. :rolleyes: