Another typical Father McBrien article this time of homosexual adoption. It ends with the following.
Unfortunately, there are still many Catholics who believe that such columns have no place in the diocesan press or in parish publications. For such Catholics, a diocesan paper is merely a house organ, the bishop’s vehicle by which he communicates with his flock and insures that they will be exposed to no ideas, opinions or even news stories that might "disturb" their faith or lead them to question church teachings and policies.
I guess "unfortunately" I am one of those Catholics who think that "such columns" shouldn’t appear in diocesan publications. I have no problem questioning Church policies, but not Church teaching. When it comes to Church teaching I want to be able to come to a deeper understanding of it which is something that Fr. McBrien’s is guaranteed not to deliver.
This column does not presume to challenge the document issued by the CDF in 2003, nor the decision of the Archbishop of Boston and the remaining members of the Catholic Charities board to terminate their adoption services. But the column does presume to raise questions prompted by both.
The last is what is called on the Laura Ingraham show a "But… monkey."
Is there evidence that "violence" is, in fact, done to children placed in adoptive households of same-sex couples, as the CDF asserted? What of the 13 children already placed by Catholic Charities since 1987?
Of course it will not matter just how much evidence is stacked up to show that the CDF document is exactly right in what it claims. Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex previously had an excellent post on this subject here.
If a homosexual Catholic, including many gay priests and bishops, were to read and ponder the entire CDF document, could he or she continue to feel at home in the Catholic Church?
Well those Catholic with same sex attraction who are striving to truly live the Catholic faith will say a hearty yes to this. The point Fr. McBrien is really making is that those people with same-sex attraction who already don’t believe that active homosexuality is sinful in the first place will also take a dim view on this also. How about some intellectual honesty here Father. Don’t just talk about the prudence of homosexual adoption when you also don’t have a problem with homosexual activity and same-sex marriages in the first place.
If such questions are not addressed, the adoption controversy can have no constructive outcome.
Kind of like his columns.