Monday, January 8, 2018

Oh dear: "Seven things a bishop should say when a priest tells his congregation he’s ‘gay’"

Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky (left) conversing with a nun
Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky has some advice for bishops about priests. It has little relevance to the plight of LGBT people. However, it is a reflection of what some conservative Catholic clergy are imparting to children and parents. For some, it fosters self-hate. For most, just hate. Here's what bothers Pokorsky:
Recently, a priest who was prominent in the pastoral care of those with sex addictions received his fifteen minutes of fame when he revealed to his congregation at a Sunday Mass and to the National Catholic Reporter that he was “gay.” According to news reports, his self-congratulation was met with thunderous applause. In a television interview, he proclaimed there is “nothing wrong with being gay.”
The next step is to demonstrate the persecution of the Church by a gay priest who has the temerity to assert that being gay is perfectly natural. To do so, Pogorsky indulges in projection. He assigns the following feelings and actions on to the gay priest whom he probably does not know.
  • Claim that sexual transparency is a matter of personal integrity.
  • Remind the public that you are a Catholic priest in good standing.
  • Proudly proclaim that you are “gay.”
  • Cultivate the adulation of your congregation by claiming victim status and the freedom that comes from such an honest revelation.
  • As a pre-emptive strike against disciplinary actions by ecclesiastical authorities claim that your self-revelation is truly courageous.
  • Feign humility and presume you have become a necessary role model for others.
  • Remind us that you and all gays (and members of the alphabet soup of sexual perversion) are created in the image of God (implying our sinful neglect).
  • Commit to celibacy (i.e., not to marry), but carefully avoid the term “Christian chastity.”
Wow. This guy really feels embattled and persecuted. What he is trying to do is to inoculate others. It's not an expression of hate. Oh no. It's just  frustration with political correctness run amok.

The demonization includes the narrative that gay people (and those who are transgender) are perverts per se. He is also implying that, unlike a heterosexual priest, a gay priest cannot resist sexual impulses. Being gay is special. They have yellow-highlighted that passage in Leviticus.

What really gets crazy (and revealing) are Pokorsky's seven obligations of a bishop:
  • Acknowledge that he is afflicted with “same-sex attraction” (SSA).
  • Admit that SSA is an inclination toward mortal sin that if not restrained will lead him and others to eternal damnation.
  • Identify and renounce any physical expression of SSA.
  • Properly define celibacy to include Christian chastity that precludes all sexual activity in thought, word or deed.
  • Invoke Scriptural references condemning sodomy (cf. Genesis and Saint Paul).
  • Renounce the use of the word “gay” because it is a political term that has its roots in the homosexual subculture.
  • Apologize for encouraging others to publicly reveal their mortally sinful inclinations. (The Eighth Commandment protects natural secrets.)
The term same-sex attraction is not present in the medical literature.  It was conjured up to suggest that being gay is  no different from being predisposed to abusing drugs or alcohol. Are they really telling gay kids and their parents that a particular sexual orientation is an affliction?

This is where faith becomes superstition. It relies on ancient texts written at a time when people believed that all illnesses were the result of demons and that the Earth was the center of the universe. Who is more credible? The priest who outed himself or Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky? The priest who says that there is nothing wrong with being gay or the one who threatens eternal damnation (which is how they keep people in line)?

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