by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
“Why should the sexual practices of the clergy matter?”
Oh, I know that this quote is taken out of context, but the question is a valid one. After all, Bill Donohue is all for ignoring all of the horrible things that the Roman Catholic Clergy are doing in order to stay on the Pope’s good side while, at the same time, attacking other Christians for, well, determining what their faith believes for themselves. It is actually rather ironic that some five hundred yeas after Henry VIII told Pope Clement VII and his representatives in Rome where to go and how to get there in some rather frank terms that a Roman Catholic is trying to tell a Church that was founded in 1541 under the leadership of John Calvin as a breakaway denomination from Roman Catholicism.
This week, the Presbyterian Church USA became the latest Protestant Church to allow the ordination of non-celibate lesbians and gays. This was the fourth time that they voted on this issue. One elder and deacon explained her vote saying “I finally decided at the age of 63 that it is inevitable. I think it’s like letting black people come to white churches, or letting women become ministers. It’s inevitable.” She also said “For the Presbyterian Church, which is a mainline church, a graying church, it’s something.”
However, Bill Donohue, who leads the Catholic League, was not happy and stated:
We knew that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was in trouble when it had to pass an amendment to its Constitution in 1997 affirming its teachings on ordination: married couples were expected to practice “fidelity” and single clergy were supposed to practice “chastity.” The fact that such a staple of Christianity was a matter of debate suggested that it was just a matter of time before it was jettisoned. After all, if the biblical injunction proscribing homosexuality can be ignored, why should the sexual practices of the clergy matter?
Of course, this is a man who believes that priests should be buggering young men in dark rooms in the churches instead of loving men in the open. This is a man who has supported the Roman Catholic priests in all that they have done while also doing and apologizing for anything that they happen to do wrong.