Orthodoxy Returns to Religion

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, December 02, 2005

Orthodoxy Returns to Religion

December 2, 2005

The Roman Catholic church has had some serious problems in recent years. I need not repeat them.

Now the Vatican has issued a new directive on homosexuality which bars even celibate homosexuals from its seminaries.

The President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, William Skylstad, said he thinks the document is flexible enough to allow homosexuals to be ordained as priests so long as they are not “consumed” by their sexual orientation. Whatever could he mean by that? Would he say the same if the priest was heterosexual and was only occasionally engaging in sex with a woman?

If one is going to be a Catholic and especially a priest, one must abide by the rules and regulations. A priest is supposed to be celibate. Period!

The new pope has set up a long-needed showdown with the more liberal wing of the church in America. The same is happening with Episcopalians. It happened earlier with southern Baptists. Orthodoxy is returning to religion after years of freelancing. It’s about time. Let’s hope truth emerges from the battle


Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.

 

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