One Catholic couple who can -- and do -- tell the story of the benefits of same-sex marriage are Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon of Louisville. In a committed relationship for 33 years (and married in Canada in 2004), Bourke and DeLeon are lifelong practicing Catholics and active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish for 28 years. Together, they are raising two children. By all accounts, they have become vital to their community...
Bourke and DeLeon are emblematic of this major challenge facing the church today, because they force us to ask not how will we live out a hypothetical situation, but how will we live with Greg and Michael. They give flesh to an abstraction.
The answers the church is giving now are confused, uneven and often cruel. Greg and Michael -- and countless gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics -- deserve better.
For their historic roles as plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges and for their faithful public witness as gay Catholics, we name Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon NCR's persons of the year for 2015. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Question: Why is the National Catholic Reporter allowed to keep the name 'Catholic' when it is no longer Catholic? Their editorial positions regularly run afoul of the infallible teaching of the constant magisterium of Catholic Church for the past 2000 years, reiterated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teachings of recent popes, including St. John Paul II who was canonized by Pope Francis in May of 2013. So what gives with these guys?!
Of course, the anti-Catholic editorial positions of the NCR are certainly nothing new. But I have a question for our friends the neo-Catholics: Has it finally become a "rad trad" position merely to defend the Church's infallible teachings on morality, marriage and the sin of homosexuality? Is SAINT John Paul II the GREAT now a "rad trad" just like we are here at The Remnant?
After all it was SAINT John Paul and the future Pope Benedict who wrote and promulgated Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, which clearly teaches that: “Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior, with the consequence of making it a model in present-day society, but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity."
Is the National Catholic Reporter more Catholic than two popes?
“No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman,” taught SAINT John Paul.
“Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law,” continued SAINT John Paul, and "homosexual acts ‘close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
You know what this means, Neo-Catholic brothers and sisters? That in a few years when your little John Paul turns 10 years old, or when your Church of St. John Paul or John Paul the Great gymnasium comes to the attention of the authorities, you'll be rounded up as a hater. After all, you. named. your. own. child after a homophobe! You belong to a parish that is dedicated to someone who might as well have belonged to the KKK. You are part of a hate group!
You ready for that? In a few short years, ‘rad trad' will apply to everyone who's kept the Faith--even you. And then where will you hide?
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