Here is an update to the letter written by 19 priests in Quebec in support of homosexuality.
Sherbrooke Archbishop André Gaumond, who is also the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he wasn’t surprised that the 19 priests had decided to go public with their opinion.
He appreciated that the letter had a polite and non-aggressive tone, he added in an interview with CBC.
"I’m not very happy with the means, to have a public declaration, a public article in the newspaper on a Sunday morning to say, ‘We priests are not in accord with our church,’" he added.
"I’m not very happy with that, but it’s not a reason to throw them out of the church."
Gaumond said the issue will be discussed at a meeting of Catholic bishops of Quebec in about 10 days.
"What will be the result of our discussion, I do not know, but well, life is going on."
Priests who penned letter hope for dialogue
Wow open up dialogue! What a novel idea! I just have never heard that before from people who dissent on Church teaching. Hey let us also open up dialogue on other settled Church teaching. How about the divinity of Christ for example or the natures of Christ. Or how about the the Church’s love for the poor? Let’s us dialogue about charitable efforts for the poor. Dumping these charitable efforts could really help the bottom line of most parishes. Maybe we can find 19 priests tired of running soup kitchens, etc that could write an open letter in support of cutting off the poor and opening up dialogue on the issue.
Now as to Sherbrooke Archbishop André Gaumond. This reminds me that most days (if I am sane) I thank God that I have no vocation to the priesthood and possibly being a Bishop. That crushing weight of the care of souls and having to deal with idiotic priests who must think they are Episcopalians or something is not something anyone would willingly desire other than submission to God’s will.
"What will be the result of our discussion, I do not know, but well, life is going on." My simplistic mind would think that either the priests repent of their promotion of heresy or that they be relieved of any position where they can harm souls until they do. My first reaction is to give them the boot, when I should want to present them with knees in supplication. But plan B in this case is much better so I would encourage both myself and my readers to send some prayers the way of the bishop and his misguided shepherds.