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PENTECOST PASTORAL LETTER, 2018
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
As stated before, it is incumbent upon every true Catholic priest and bishop to correct errors in matters of faith, wherever they exist.
It is especially painful when one feels compelled to correct such matters that are uttered from the highest level of authority within the Church.
The Pope is indeed INFALLIBLE – when he speaks on matters of faith and morals “ex cathedra – that is when he, using his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his apostolic authority, defines a doctrine of faith or morals to be held by the whole Church.”*
At all other times, when the Pope speaks, he is subject to fallibility, just as all other human beings. He can speak “off the cuff” on any matter, joking or just through plain ignorance, making off-hand remarks that astonish most of us. Such a thing, of course, is generally most unlikely and historically unprecedented.
The present Pope – while I wish I could refer to him as the Holy Father, but that name seems out of place for the present Pontiff – seems to enjoy uttering statements that make ordinary Catholics, and other people all over the world, feel both uncomfortable and confused by his outlandish statements. Indeed, this present Pope seems to thrive on such remarks.
When the Pope embraces a known homosexual, and tells that person he is the way he is because God made him that way, or words to that effect, the Pope has spoken erroneously. Such a statement is totally contrary to Catholic teaching; it has absolutely NO Scriptural foundation.
When the Pope says there is no hell, he goes against every-thing that says the opposite in Sacred Scripture.
No Catholic or any other person is expected to accept such falsity as the teaching of the Church; indeed, it would be SINFUL to accept such gibberish as truth.
It is reported that the Pope went on to tell that man that he is loved by God; and, by God, that IS the truth, totally consistent with Catholic teaching. God loves every one of His creatures – yes, even Satan, and the homosexual in no exception to that.
No person on the face of this earth has any definitive knowledge of why a person becomes a homosexual. To say that God made one that way is to deny God’s placing something of Himself in every one of His creatures. Throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, we learn that man is made in the image and likeness of God. God CANNOT create evil. We create the evil within ourselves by abusing the goodness that God has placed in us – we call that sin.
It may well be that a person who is a homosexual cannot help being the way he is, but such tendencies rest within the individual, by the way he lives his life. Indeed, we are convinced that there are many persons who are homosexually oriented who live completely celibate lives. They learn to sublimate, just as those persons who are not homosexuals who live celibate lives by choice – good, holy priests and nuns, for example. Moreover, there are people from all walks of life who live as celibates, but have no homosexual tendencies whatever.
We might also distinguish between the homosexual and the homoerotic. One may have homosexual tendencies, but not engage in homosexual practices. Homosexuality in and of itself is NOT sinful, and each such person is to be loved and respected.
On the other hand, to engage in homoerotic actions IS sinful, just as ALL OTHER sexual activity outside of holy matrimony is sinful. There is nothing new in these remarks.
Unfortunately, there are those people who attempt to make the rest of us feel guilty for not sharing in glorifying such aberrations. That is simply more and more of that thing we call political correctness! It is neither politic nor correct. It is just that: an aberration from normal human behavior – and no pope should ever attempt to glorify it!
With every good wish and prayerful blessing to you and yours, I am faithfully yours in Christ,
s/ +John J. Humphreys
The Most Reverend John J. Humphreys, Archbishop
*A Catholic Dictionary, Donald Attwater, Ed., The Macmillan Co., 1949, p. 254.
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