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Title: Vatican appointee says gay sex can express Christ’s ‘self-gift’
Source: Life Site News
URL Source: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/v ... 143221886185206838242298360572
Published: May 21, 2015
Author: Lisa Bourne
Post Date: 2015-05-21 11:37:06 by redleghunter
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ROME, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pope Francis has appointed radically liberal, pro-homosexual Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The Holy Father made the appointment on Saturday, according to Vatican Radio.

Father Radcliffe, an Englishman, author and speaker, was Master of the Dominican order from 1992 to 2001, and is an outspoken proponent of homosexuality.

"We must accompany [gay people] as they discern what this means, letting our images be stretched open,” he said in a 2006 religious education lecture in Los Angeles. “This means watching 'Brokeback Mountain,' reading gay novels, living with our gay friends and listening with them as they listen to the Lord."

In 2005, as the Vatican deliberated the admission of men with homosexual tendencies to study for the priesthood in the wake of the Church sex abuse scandal, Father Radcliffe said that homosexuality should not bar men from the priesthood, and rather, those who oppose it should be banned.

As a contributor to the 2013 Anglican Pilling Report on human sexual ethics Father Radcliffe said of homosexuality:

How does all of this bear on the question of gay sexuality? We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift. We can also see how it can be expressive of mutual fidelity, a covenantal relationship in which two people bind themselves to each other for ever.

Father Radcliffe often celebrated Mass for the U.K. dissident group Soho Masses Pastoral Council (now renamed the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council).

The priest is also a supporter of the proposal of to allow communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

He currently works as director of the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars at Oxford University, a social justice center.

Social justice is the focus of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, established in 1967 by Pope Paul VI in response to the Vatican II proposal for establishment of a body of the universal Church that would “stimulate the Catholic Community to foster progress in needy regions and social justice on the international scene.”

The pope appoints roughly 40 members and consultors to the pontifical body, according to their background and experience, who serve for five years, giving input to the planning for the Council.

When the Council gathers for assemblies, it’s for discernment of the "signs of the times," Vatican.va states.

London, Ontario's Father Paul Nicholson suggested in his blog that observers can wonder how much Pope Francis knows about Father Radcliffe.

“The Holy Father is only a man, and is limited in how much he can know about any and every appointment,” Father Nicholson wrote. “His primary language is Spanish and perhaps he has not been sufficiently briefed. And that may be done intentionally by those around him.”

The Boston Globe’s Catholic website CRUX called the appointment “a move sure to raise eyebrows among the Church’s traditional guard,” and termed Father Radcliffe “a strong ally of Pope Francis,” before listing various controversies surrounding the Dominican over the years.

The selection of Father Radcliffe by the Holy Father drew criticism from many Catholics.

The Scottish blog Catholic Truth blog called it an “absolutely shocking papal appointment.”

“It’s very clear indeed now, that to be 'a priest in good standing' means to be opposed to all that is truly Catholic – and that includes true morals,” the post read, and called for prayers for the Holy Father.

“Interesting that these appointments are going out over the weekend so people can't comment as readily,” The Eponymous Flower blogged in a post titled, “Evil Dominican Tapped For Important Post.

“Good times for dissident Dominicans” was the headline of the Rorate Caeli post on the papal appointment, which called Father Radcliffe “Uber-liberal.”

“It is true that Radcliffe has ‘opposed’ ‘gay marriage,’” the post said, “but his farcical ‘opposition’ rests on grounds entirely contrary to those of the Church: Radcliffe opposes it because, in his words: ‘gay marriage’ ultimately, we believe, demeans gay people by forcing them to conform to the straight world."

“Radcliffe's acceptability has just received a major upgrade with this latest appointment,” Rorate Caeli stated. “A tremendous slap to the face of so many good Catholics who had opposed him out of fidelity to the faith.”

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#2. To: redleghunter, Pericles (#0)

"How does all of this bear on the question of gay sexuality? We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift."

Ok there Father, well, the same thing can be said of divorce and remarriage, unmarried sex between boyfriend and girlfriend, polygamy and polyamory.

Men are certainly capable of loving two or more women at the same time, and raising all of their children as their own. Israel did it. Solomon did it. And David, and Abraham.

And of course since sex can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non- violent, birth control between consenting boyfriend and girlfriend makes eminent sense, right Father?

So tell me, Father, is simple MASTURBATION still a mortal sin?

Vicomte13  posted on  2015-05-21   13:04:02 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Vicomte13 (#2)

I've tried to warn you guys about this pope. He's way too eager to be a world-pleaser.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-05-21   13:13:17 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#14. To: TooConservative, Vicomte13, redleghunter, All (#3)

I've tried to warn you guys about this pope. He's way too eager to be a world-pleaser.

Hey, follow the Pope's lead when he said "who am I to judge?" What a Vicar of Christ, no? So if it's not for the Vicar of Christ to judge I guess it's not for Christ to judge either.

SOSO  posted on  2015-05-21   15:51:16 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#18. To: SOSO (#14) (Edited)

What a Vicar of Christ, no?

According to tradition, yes.

In reality, maybe yes, maybe no.

The Borgias were Popes too. Were they Vicars of Christ?

The Church doesn't survive its own evils unscathed. It, too, has failed, just as all men do, because it is made of men.

There's a tradition that says that the Church cannot sin. That tradition is obviously wrong. It can. It has. Maybe it is now, maybe it isn't. I guess if the Church really had POWER over us, I'd care more. But as it is, the real truth is that I have something IT wants from me: my money and my time. So, if it doesn't give me what I want, it doesn't get what it wants from me. Just like the Republican Party. My loyalty to ANY human being or organization is NEVER absolute. It's ALWAYS contingent: you please me and I'll please you. You do what you're supposed to do and I'll do my part. But if you don't do what I think you're supposed to do, then I'm not really going to go out of my way to do anything for you either. That's the way it is.

The Protestants have played the game the Pope and the liberal Catholics seem to be playing now. They made priestesses and bless gay marriages and support abortion and all that. And they emptied out. The liberals for the most part stopped coming - waste of time and money. The conservatives went and found evangelical Churches. Many Catholics buy their own propaganda that "The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church". The error they make is in thinking that the government organization and political structure they call "The Church" is what Jesus meant by "Ecclesia". It isn't. The Catholic Church can dry up and blow away like any other human government. God is present among the faithful there, in supernatural power, for it's that assembly of the faithful that is the Ekklesia. If they leave the physical and political structures that are called "The Catholic Church", then the Gates of Hell have not prevailed against the Ekklesia - God is still with the Ekklesia. All that has happened is that a bunch of men in a political organization have overplayed their hand, lost their contributors, and destroyed their organization, which they CALL "The Church", but which is not REALLY "THE" Church, and which never, ever was. Catholics do not currently believe this. One need only see the empty and dead churches all over Europe to see that Satan - or just plain human indifference, can indeed prevail against the political governmental structure that CALLS ITSELF "THE" "Catholic Church". God's still there, in the Ekklesia, but the Ekklesia - those called out - is wherever two or more people loyal to God assemble to call upon Jesus and pray to the Father. THAT is THE CHURCH, and the gates of Hell will never prevail against THAT. The Roman Catholic Church can fail and fall into a ruin just as the Mainline Protestant Churches are, for the same reasons. If the inner political controllers walk away from the constituency, the constituency will stop giving money and stop attending, and the Catholic Church, like any other human organization, will cease to exist and disappear from the face of the earth. The Ekklesia will always be there. Whether the Catholic Church houses it or not depends on whether the people who are the Ekklesia choose to make church within the buildings of the Catholic "Church", and whether or not they choose to tolerate Catholic "priests" as their spiritual shepherds. If the priests become odious by molesting children, running away with money, and then preaching absurdities, the Ekklesia will leave and reassemble somewhere else, and the "Churches" will turn into museums. To traditional Catholics, what I have said is "apostasy". It is not. It's the Truth. The belief that the Catholic Church - the political structure that calls itself that, is the thing that is holy and cannot err - even when it visible DOES err, sometimes quite monstrously - well, THAT is idolatry. And it's an error. But there's no point in tearing open these wounds. The better answer is for Catholics and all other Christians to huddle together in Ekklesia, follow the (few, direct, clear) precepts of Christ, and rely on God directly and on each other. Any particular Pope may or may not be the Vicar of Christ - that depends on Christ. Men were never given the power to decide such things. Just following Christ and sticking with each other is hard enough. When the shepherds start acting like perverts and sticking up for perverts, it's time to stop calling those men shepherds.

Vicomte13  posted on  2015-05-21   16:37:22 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#28. To: Vicomte13 (#18)

According to tradition, yes.

In reality, maybe yes, maybe no.

The Borgias were Popes too. Were they Vicars of Christ?

Pope = Vicar of Christ

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