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2/16/2013 6:59:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Priest advised to stop judging people, start accepting

In response to the Open Forum on Feb 9, written by Fr. Gardner, I feel there are a few things that need to be addressed.
First of all, the whole letter was filled with so much anger and hate. I was taught that clergy are supposed to be representatives of Christ on earth. I can’t imagine God ever being that negative and judgmental about any of his children.
Fr. Gardner spoke of homosexuals in same sex marriages as being “morally repulsive.” No, what’s morally repulsive are people who shoot and kill innocent children at their grade school. The men who rape and mutilate women and young girls in the Republic of the Congo, is morally repulsive. And let us not forget the men who sexually exploit young boys. I think we can all agree that act certainly falls under the category of being morally repulsive.
He also stated that “we need babies.” There are over 153 million orphans worldwide.
Please Fr. Gardner, stop being judge and jury. There is enough hatred in the world. Leave the homosexual people alone and let them live their lives as they choose. Why should they be denied the right to have children to love?
The God that I know is good, loving, caring and compassionate.... The world would be a much happier place with less judging and more acceptance of others.
Sandy Slusarek, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Formerly of La Salle-Peru

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Kepha, I asked where Jesus said anything negative regarding homosexuals. His saying something positive about about a union of a man and a woman is not saying a negative about homosexuals. You should be the next Pope since you seem able to read Jesus' mind as to what he felt although he did not actually say it.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Ron, Jesus did not often speak out about specific acts...He never specifically condemned rape or incest or homosexuality but He did support the moral law of Moses which does specifically condemn homosexuality etc.

Jesus did directly support the natural order of human sexual union when he said, "Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. " Mt 19:4-5.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Sandy, I, for one, agree with you. And since homosexuals are also God's creation, how can a supposed "man of God" be critical of them? And please show me where Jesus ever said anything negative regarding homosexuality, or is descrimination against them someone else's invention?

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

And btw Sandy, you where pretty negative and judgmental in your letter. There is enough hatred in the world.

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Christ never found it necessary to be negative and judgmental? He called the Pharisees vipers, hypocrites, and fools. He overturned the money tables in the temple. What you call negative and judgmental can rightfully be called 'righteous anger'. Righteous because Jesus called out the Pharisees for their lack of faith He was trying to bring them to Himself. Righteous because Jesus had such love for His Father's House that it pained Him to see it turned into a den of thieves. Jesus gives us the example: admonish the sinner but always out of love and a desire to see them saved.

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