By Deborah Johnson
You can read his column in it's entirety here: Here's my latest column on Saint Patrick's Day Parade in 2015.
With all respect due to His Eminence from a small, member of the laity like myself who knows she is nothing compared to him: something still bothers me - I'm truly sorry.
From Cardinal Dolan's column
"To the point: the committee’s decision allows a [gay]group to publicize its identity, not promote actions contrary to the values of the Church that are such an essential part of Irish culture."Should we really be referring to Gay as an "identity"? Are we now defined by "sexual attraction"? If so, if it is a disordered one - and we know homosexuality is - should we be advertising it with a BANNER in a Catholic parade?
Further: isn't holding a banner promotion?
Your Eminence, if you are reading this I humbly submit the words of our Blessed Lord to heterosexuals. If homosexuality is an identity - this teaching would also apply, would it not?
in Matthew 5:28:
But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Cardinal Dolan continued:
"So, while actions are immoral, identity is not! In fact, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, people with same-sex attraction are God’s children, deserving dignity and respect, never to be treated with discrimination or injustice."
Amen to that. We should not and I pray we do not marginalize any person. I wrote about this last week here: "The Watering down of The Catholic Faith." However and again, when did "gay" become an identity? I'm sorry Your Eminence - this point is a big one. Referring to a disorder - and a sin - as an "identity" and allowing it to advertise under a banner does not, in fact appear to me to be loving, corrective elenchein.
May the Holy Spirit lead us all to His Truth, amen.