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The moral and spiritual relativism of our society can make the Church’s teaching on sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular appear bizarre, out of touch, and even intolerant. Yet when people cease to base their moral judgments on objective truth, confusion results. All too often they fall victim to lies about the meaning of true freedom and authentic self-expression. True Christian freedom is not first of all an acceptance of one’s own desire to do what one wants, but an acceptance of the truth which sets us free (cf. Jn 8.32).
Marriage defined as a man and a woman in life-long union expresses the beauty of sexual complementarity. The goodness of human sexual activity is for strenghthening the bond of a married man and woman, leaving them open to receive the gift of newborn life.
Homosexual activity is closed to bringing forth the gift of newborn life. Homosexual activity is against the law of nature itself; it’s more disordered than a quarterback wearing scuba gear throwing a basketball to a receiver swinging a hockey stick. Their equipment does not complement their activity; neither does their activity complement their relationship to one another.
You may change the rules of a sport, but you are mistaken if you think that anyone from the mayor to the state legislature to the pope himself can change the rules, purpose or definition of marriage. The laws of God and nature must be understood, respected, embraced and upheld to make us truly happy.
Rev. Peter Pomposello
Holy Cross Church 620 Thieriot Ave. Bronx, New York 10473
… describes something that happened at last week’s US bishops’ meeting.
But the most productive session came on Friday morning. As usual, we began with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. But then we gathered as the Blessed Sacrament was placed in the monstrance on the altar. There we prayed:…
Trying to get organized for a Natural Family Planning conference in July in the far away land of Duluth. I think its easier to get a direct flight to Katmandu. Looking forward to the conference, but not the connecting flights.
Our 8th Grade will have a dinner/dance with their parents this week. Call it a Junior High School Prom. When I attended the event last year the DJ played horrible, inappropriate selections that go against what our school is all about. I cringed all night long. I used my Shazam app on my iphone to sample the songs at the dance and I read the lyrics aloud to the teachers at my table. They blushed. I vowed things would be different this year. Hiring a different DJ was only the beginning.
I recently asked each of the 8th graders to give me their own, personal top 20 songs that they would like to hear played at the dance. They submitted the song titles as well as the lyrics for the songs. I spent about 5 hours today with the help of another parishioner going through these lists and song lyrics. We judged each song for its subject matter as well as word usage. I am well aware that innuendo is a mainstay of pop music, however I set my sights on the obviously offensive. I discarded songs that were just raunchy, pornographic depictions of sex acts. I discarded songs that were about gangland tales, drug dealing and street violence. Parents, please don’t fool yourselves into thinking that your kids are fine listening to so-called “Clean” “Radio” versions of popular songs. The expletives may be bleeped-out, but it doesn’t change the subject of the song.
I’m hesitant to print the list here because I don’t want to give the impression that I endorse the songs themselves. Also, I have little respect for most of the performing artists on the list. With the exception of only a few of the artists, their lifestyles are far from anything I’d like my students to imitate.
We completed a 75 song list with lyrics that will not make me embarrassed to say that this is a Catholic junior high school event. All the songs on the list were from their own selections, with a few oldies thrown-in for the parents to enjoy.