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(RNS) Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Participation in funerals of gay service members is also off-limits. But Catholic commanders may be able to facilitate same-sex benefits if they publicly register their objections.

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  1. Today’s morals have declined so quickly that it has become difficult for people to distinguish the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. Falun Dafa, Falun Gong, is a heart and mind cultivation practice, and we believe in truthfulness, goodness and tolerance. There are one hundred million adherents Worldwide and the practise is completely free. www.falundafa.org. Thank you for your consideration.

    • Jeff, numbers do not make anything true or right. Sex, sexual orientation, and variaties of marriage are not wrong because of numbers or any ancient ism. Everything in religion must conform to the realities of knowledge to be true. The knowledge of humans sadly advances much faster than their accommodations to their own learning.

  2. Americans are aware of the Catholic priest who attacked the lesbian daughter at her own mother’s funeral in suburban Washington DC, in violation of that Archdiocese’s rules. These further affronts to LGBT Americans contained in this shameful and essentially unAmerican policy will not advance the anti-gay agenda of the anti-gay Catholic hierarchy in the US.

    • The priest did not “attack” her. He refused to offer her communion, as is his duty as a priest not to knowingly allow someone to commit a sacrilige. He himself would have been committing one by knowingly offering communion to someone who is in a state of mortal sin.

      • That is only for mortal sins and a mortal sin requires the knowing commitment of a sin. There is no way any outsider can know if what another does is an knowing commitment of a sin. This is an analysis done in Catholic mind think.
        How many people in that church had sex that the church sees as sinful? Not a mortal sin.

    • The ‘attack’ was that he refused her communion. She had proclaimed her ongoing relationship to the priest before mass and, without confession and repentance, to receive the Eucharist in that state is to add another grave sin. He was trying to prevent her from such sin. Would that all ‘attacks’ be so mild and with our best interests at heart.

  3. When oh when oh when is the Catholic Church going to catch up with science and sociology? Why, especially in this time of advancing knowledge, must it remain so far behind knowledge, so far behind reality? Why can it not free itself from the fantasy surmises of ancient mythology and live in the reality of the present?

    That, even more than the consequent millennia of ignoring the natural reality of sex and forms of “marriage,” has been the cause of decline of an honest ministry–also of lay followers and whole church separations. It has resulted in the sexual deceit and abuse that have hidden behind its unnatural and hideous hoax of required celibacy for ordination.

    Why must we constantly repeat the horrors of crimes like the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and persecutions of seekers of knowledge like Galileo and claim that we are “one” or “holy”? Why do we dare claim we are “apostolic” when we know next to nothing of the sexual and married lives of the apostles who most certainly lived lives like the Jews of their time and since?

    Following Jesus does not require that we deny the natural realities of sex or sexual orientation. Rather, we should live to make everything holy, even sex, sexual orientation, and all forms of new knowledge.

    • You need to study history better. The Crusades did much to slow the invasion of Islam into Europe though they continued to militarily invade for several more centuries and it took about 700 years to retake Southern Spain from the Muslims. The Muslim invasions into Italy and Austria continued for many years even after the Crusades. Thank goodness for the battle of Lepanto. The Spanish Inquisition (I assume you mean that one) was started to try to stop the riots where citizens were killing off others just because they were suspicious that they were living a lie. It was a bid to protect the truly innocent. Know that you had to be a baptized Catholic to be under the Inquisition. While everything can be abused, the system (which ours in the US is currently based upon) was more strict about care for the innocence than anything else in Europe at the time. Torture, though it could be used, was discouraged and used less than in secular Europe. Over the course of about three centuries, some 3000-5000 people were surrendered as unrepent to the secular government who did execute them (most in the first few decades) so about 10-15 per year average. But while protestant England was killing 30,000 ‘witches’ and Lutheran Germany some 100,000, Spain’s inquisition looked at the accusations of witchcraft and ruled them nonsense. In other words–zero ‘witches’ were killed in Spain BECAUSE of the Inquisition. Most of the falsehoods that are spread about this period comes from a protestant publication from an author that had never been near Spain and made it up whole hog. Truth is very different. There were many incidents were people in the ‘regular’ prisons of Spain accused THEMSELVES of Blaspheme so they could be moved to the Jails of the inquisition where conditions were much better and more just. And all the museum displays of ‘torture’ devices from the inquisition, most have been found to be farm implements and tools for leather working and other trade instruments. People just wanted to find these objects that for the most part didn’t exist so they grabbed anything they did not understand and called it a torture device. The BBC did a nice exposé on this subject a few years ago. (But always remember that God loves you much more than you love yourself.)

  4. Archbishop Broglio had long been infected with Romanita, the ambition gained from early scholastic time in Rome to climb the hierarchical ladder. That’s how bishops acquire their miters and croziers. When Broglio speaks or writes about current sexual attitudes or practices of the church as if they were “gospel,” he makes the same error as John Paul II in wrongly claiming that celibacy was an apostolic, gospel tradition.

    It may eventually make Broglio Tim Dolan’s replacement in New York, but celibacy has nothing to do with the gospel. We wouldn’t have or need priests and bishops if it weren’t for sex and marriage. Broglio and his church need to catch up with science and sociology rather than blindly attempt to use ignorant history in defense of ancient errors.

  5. It is not the Catholic Church’s intention to “catch up with science” nor keep up with the changing morals of “sociolgy.” The Church’s purpose is put forth its teachings on following Jesus and lead it’s community in worship. Do some members of the Church make mistakes . . . of course. Does that mean the Church is wrong or does it mean some of its members are “human”? The Church does not condemn nor reject anyone, it simply says “this” is what we believe. You are certainly welcome not to believe the same thing, but don’t expect the Catholic Church to change because some people don’t agree. And contary to what some people think, the Catholic Church is experiencing a resurgence of vocations in young people and a return to worship of its members who are recognizing the stabilizing force of traditional values in an ever-changing world. What this wonderful Pope has said is that the Church needs to focus on the positive force of love and not the divisiveness of politics, a new balance in following its precepts.

  6. It is not the Catholic Church’s intention to “catch up with science” nor keep up with the changing morals of “sociolgy.” The Church’s purpose is put forth its teachings on following Jesus and lead its community in worship. Do some members of the Church make mistakes . . . of course. Does that mean the Church is wrong or does it mean some of its members are “human”? The Church does not condemn nor reject anyone, it simply says “this” is what we believe. You are certainly welcome not to believe the same thing, but don’t expect the Catholic Church to change because some people don’t agree. And contary to what some people think, the Catholic Church is experiencing a resurgence of vocations in young people and a return to worship of its members who are recognizing the stabilizing force of traditional values in an ever-changing world. What this wonderful Pope has said is that the Church needs to focus on the positive force of love and not the divisiveness of politics, a new balance in following its precepts.

  7. Would that the RCC Curia should come down as strongly on such unrepentent crfiminal enablers of clerical sex abusers, like the nearly 1/4 of all Bishops who connived at covering up their subordinates’ deeds!! Bury THEM in unconsecrated ground… or scatter THEIR ashes on the wind!
    Starting with the former Cardinal Law (now there’s an irony!) of Boston…

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