Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Culture news: Homoheresy in the Roman Catholic Church

Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear that Pope Benedict XVI would be stepping down from his office as pope.   Benedict is a tremendous scholar and I have learned much from his books such as The Feast of Faith, A New Song for the Lord, The Spirit of the Liturgy, Jesus of Nazareth.  It has been said that Benedict has a better understanding of Lutheranism than many theologians who claim to belong to that confession today.  Naturally the differences that exist between and the Lutheran and Roman Catholic confessions remain, and those should not be minimized. Benedict certainly hasn’t.

Benedict has taken important stances in support of life.  There is another area where he has taken a strong biblical stance, and that is in relation to homosexuality.  Those outside the Roman Catholic confession (and probably many inside as well) do not appreciate in inroads that homosexuality has made among the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church.  It is not surprising that this has not received widespread coverage in the media.  The connections between homosexuality and the sexual abuse of boys in the Roman Catholic Church is an embarrassment to those who promote homosexuality in our western culture.

Recently, Fr. Dariusz Oko, Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow and Assistant Professor at the John Paul II Pontifical University in Krakow has written an article entitled, “With the Pope Against Homoheresy” that addresses this situation. It has been translated into English and is available online (  It is a long read, but an important one for understanding this topic. 

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