HOMOPHOBE OF THE DAY

Yes, we are resurrecting this series for a one off special. The following quotation, taken from INSIDE THE VATICAN and written by contributing editor, John Mallon, is so offensive and ignorant that I couldn't not bring it to the world's attention.

The Rev. Gerald Chojnacki, SJ, head of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, is unhappy. According to a recent Associated Press report on a forthcoming Vatican document (expected in November) which will reiterate the Church’s teaching that “gay” seminarians should not be ordained priests, Chojnacki, in a September 26 letter to the Jesuits of his province, said he is asking bishops to tell Vatican officials who are drafting the policy “of the great harm this will cause many good priests and the Catholic faithful.”

Great harm? Father Chojnacki must not speak to many of the faithful, who simply want to attend church and have their children taught the Faith with fidelity by priests who are happy with Church teachings and their priesthood, and are not ostensibly celibate men preoccupied with their sexuality. The AP said Chojnacki wrote in the letter that he had participated in the funerals of several gay Jesuit clergy over the last few years. “I find it insulting to demean their memory and their years of service by even hinting that they were unfit for priesthood because of their sexual orientation,” he wrote. Chojnacki said he would be working with the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, which represents leaders of religious orders in the United States including the Jesuits, Franciscans and others, and with bishops, to fight “for the opportunity of a gay person to say yes to God’s call in celibate service of priesthood and chaste religious life.”

It seems odd, if not telling, that Father Chojnacki cites these men’s deaths. It raises the inevitable question, “How did they die?” One cannot help but think of AIDS in this connection. If, in fact, these men met untimely deaths from AIDS, the question is of course raised as to whether this is the “celibate” and “chaste” religious life of which Chojnacki speaks. Don’t dead young priests qualify as “great harm?” Most sane Catholics would say yes.


COMMENT: Actually, you dumb ...., they probably all died from the embarrassment of being in the same church as you.

Comments

HOMOPHOBE OF THE DAY — 18 Comments

  1. MP, I recognize that at times I can be a bit dense, but I had to read this post a few times before I sorted it all out. The homophobe in question is the contributing editor – got it.

    For some reason I slipped into thinking the final paragraph was your commentary which completely through me.

    In the end, I was just left a bit flabbergasted. Apparently Jesuits don’t die unless they contract HIV? The ignorance of this man is truly beyond belief – particularly because in this country most people are LIVING with HIV.

    What would be the polar opposite of Brick of the Day?

    How about Stale Turd of the Day?

  2. Sorry, Renz. I wasn’t taking into account that some people will have had a stroke today 🙂

    And, yes, I know I owe you twice the agreed figure now.

  3. I read the (long) Mallon article in full and it all makes sense, except there is one… tiny…problem. What he’s propounding is not the Gospel. Its some form of ‘I’m alright, Jack’, Catholicism. Very similar to ‘I’m alright Jack’, Protestantism and ‘I’m alright, Jack’, Capitalism. They’re all the same.

  4. What would be the polar opposite of Brick of the Day?

    How about Stale Turd of the Day?

    LOL, an excellent idea from Renz, as ever.

    Re John Mallon, totally offensive and ignorant, and also laughably moronic. I was going to point out more about it, but in fact it’s not even worth addressing in detail.

  5. Odd thing is: the article didn’t say they died young, just several died (unless the longer article specifies ‘young’). This guy is just playing his negative mind-tape
    in print. But he’s toadying up to the now official line in print also and that’s how it works there.
    In fact, that’s how it works in most churches, n’est ce-pas?

    Nij

  6. Oh, of course: if a gay priest EVER dies, it means he died of AIDS (and if he ever died of AIDS, it must mean he was promiscuously boinking other men willy-nilly, after his ordination).

    {snark/Off}

    Tell that to Fr Mychal Judge. Holy Mychal, pray for us—but especially pray for this shite-for-brains, John Mallon!

  7. It is necessary to read the entire article to realize how truly sick is this man’s (John Mallon) thinking is. This article exactly represents the type of stuff that is broadcast by EWTN 24/7.

  8. At a Jesuit retreat house some years back (they rented it out to a bunch of Episcopalians), i walked through their cemetery. There were rows and rows of headstones. The ones that died young were primarily those who had served in the military and died in service. Most of the men buried there lived long lives. I think the author of that piece is an idiot. Some of the most enlightened RC’s I’ve met have been Jesuits.

  9. At a Jesuit retreat house some years back (they rented it out to a bunch of Episcopalians), i walked through their cemetery. There were rows and rows of headstones. The ones that died young were primarily those who had served in the military and died in service. Most of the men buried there lived long lives. I think the author of that piece is an idiot. Some of the most enlightened RC’s I’ve met have been Jesuits.

  10. One of the living saints I have been blessed to encounter on my journey was a gay monastic who died well into his 90s, presumably celibate through more than 60 years of religious life.

    Maybe the SSJE, OHC, the Mirfield Fathers and other Anglican orders should invite all the Roman monastics who are fed up with Rome’s homophobia to come on over.

  11. As if gay priests don’t get shot by South American reactionaries objecting to “liberation theology”, don’t drop dead of heart attacks, don’t have car crashes, and for that matter don’t have sex before they enter seminary at age 25 or so.

    Apparently, Mallon wants the priests to die the old-fashioned way – drunken car crashes, cirrhosis of the liver, and such.