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2/20/2013 10:02:00 AM
Letters to the Editor: Priest simply defending basic principles

I would like to respond to Sandy Slusarek’s letter which was posted in the Open Forum on Feb. 16.
First of all, to judge one’s actions or “lifestyle” according to Biblical teachings or natural law is not uncharitable. It is actually against charity to allow someone to continue living a sinful life without correcting them. Loving correction is not the same as judging the state of one’s soul (whether they will spend eternity in heaven or hell). God is perfect in all things. He is also a God of perfect justice. To assert that homosexuals in same sex marriage are not “morally reprehensible” goes directly against biblical teaching. All of the morally reprehensible acts she listed are indeed that and are all condemned in scripture either explicitly or implicitly. Homosexual acts are specifically and explicitly condemned in Holy Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church has always taught and always will teach the same. The issue of orphans she raised is misleading. The number is inflated and does not actually represent the number of children in orphanages or living in poverty on the streets. The impending world population crisis (rapidly decreasing birth rate) grossly overshadows the issue of number of orphans. The implication that allowing same sex marriage would be a fix for the orphan crisis is a serious error and a fabrication.
Sandy and many others like her have fallen into the trap of modern thinking which says that “you’re OK and I’m OK-let’s just all love each other and not offend anyone.” We should love each other and we do desire not to offend but not at the expense of truth. The truth can sometimes “hurt”. We should not run from this pain but embrace it because without truth, every moral teaching will be up for grabs. The definition of marriage is the bond between one man and one woman and the fruit of children can only flow from this bond. Not the bond between two men or two women.
Fr. Gardner is simply defending basic moral principles and he is not hateful or judgmental. To call him that is a defense tactic to push a general agenda which is sweeping through many Christian denominations.
An agenda to legitimize morally reprehensible acts such as homosexuality, abortion, contraception, and euthanasia. God is truth and he will judge us all on the last day.

Derek Bonnell,

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

I believe in Christ and His massage. His mes. was lived by many long before He came.
God ha been known by many names trough out the ages. History did not, I repeat, did not began a little over 2 thousand years ago. The written word started tens of thousands of years before Christ.
Do I believe that the massage He thought did not take before He came and was all but lost after He left.
I do.
Did what I posted support your claim? May be so Maybe no, Maybe partially but it makes no differance as U are stuck on what U think is true and not the truth.
U are right on one thing. With out Hetro sex life would hav ceased long long ago.
We both agree on that. What we dissagre on is that I know that nature is not perfect. I also know that most civilasations take care of thos not parfect, only modern Christians try to destroy differances.
Sad we be. so hateful we have become so intolerant of those differant than us. So sad. Help is no longer in our vocabulary, only name calling.
If God cries, He is doing so right now just looking at what we are doing to His creation.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

MW, Do you realize you have supported the facts I put forward? I have a feeling that was not your intention.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Why are the Gosples so differant?
Perhaps because only two new Him.
Which two Kepha?
Matthew was one of the first twelve disciples of Jesus (Matthew 9:1 10:1-4) and therefore an eye-witness he records more of Jesus' teaching concerning God's heavenly kingdom than the other writers, for example the entire Sermon on the Mount.

Mark was Peter's son (I Peter 5:13, possibly spiritual son), who wrote down what Peter said about who Jesus was, what He did, where He went and what happened Mark's gospel is therefore Peter's account, an eye-witness account, written down by Mark.

Luke was a doctor and a co-worker with Paul (Colossians 4:14 Philemon v24). Because some spurious stories about Jesus were circulating, Luke decided to interview local eye-witnesses and people who had followed Jesus closely. Luke collated all the interviews into a single account, recording details not mentioned elsewhere, for example regarding the conception and birth of Jesus and Mary's extended family, as you might expect of a doctor.

John was one of the first twelve disciples of Jesus and therefore an eye-witness (John 19:35) John brings out the spiritual significance as well as recording the practical aspects of Jesus' works and words. John lived to be older than any of the other writers. It is therefore likely that he was familiar with their accounts and wanted to supplement theirs with additional teaching and miracles by Jesus which had a bearing on the situation towards the end of the first century AD.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Ron, If I'm wrong don't just tell me, show me.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Kepha, you again show your lack of actual history. You seem to pick and choose only areas that back your beliefs. If this makes you happy than continue.

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