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Friday, March 27, 2015

Father James Expresses Concern And Details Catholic Church's Position On LGBT Choice

Recently Pope Francis expressed serious concern about the Western world imposing gender ideologies on less economically developed countries by attaching them to foreign aid and education. The Pope has referred to this type of indoctrination as “ideological colonization” which is a strategic and calculated effort “to change a mentality or a structure.” This systematic and strong armed effort is both alarming and disconcerting as is the fact that these gender ideologies are also being imposed upon young people here in the United States. Part of this effort has been to attack, reject, and discredit anyone who is opposed to the LGBT movement. As a result the Catholic Church has been portrayed as a hate mongering, insensitive, intolerant, and homophobic institution. 

This cheap caricature would be laughable if it were not so grossly and intellectually dishonest. While the Catholic Church is not an NGO it has often been referred to as such primarily because of its large scale and seemingly inexhaustible charitable work and outreach to the poor and marginalized. Even those who have had ideological differences with the Church have acknowledged her charitable work, as was the case in 1979 when the Nobel Peace Prize Committee recognized Mother Teresa after she had served the poorest of the poor for 30 years in the slums of Calcutta. Needless to say, this cheap caricature seems to be rather inconsistent with the Church’s identity and character.

Christians are not hateful, insensitive, intolerant, and homophobic just because they hold to traditional views on marriage and the family. We love and accept all people as brothers and sisters in Christ. We don’t label people with same-sex inclinations as Gay, Lesbian, or Homosexual, because labeling is disrespectful and they are first and foremost children of God. To label one according to their sexual preferences and/or choices would overemphasize their sexuality to the negation of their personality. The Church opposes any behavior it calls immoral, but always teaches support, love, and respect for the person.

The Church strives to teach the truth in charity and this truth is not nuanced or negotiable, it is something very plain and simple. The truth is not something that is dark and mysterious, rather it is a bright lamp that illumines and gives light. God created the human sexual faculties for a purpose, to express marital love between a man and a woman. Any use of the human sexual faculties outside of marital love is a misuse and is therefore considered immoral and disordered. To say that certain sexual acts are disordered means that they are not directed to their proper end which is both unitive and procreative. There is a complementarity that exists between a man and a woman that does not exist between two people of the same gender, that allows the married couple to come together in an authentic union which is able to transmit life and this complementarity is evidence of God’s sexual design. Christians cannot identify homosexual behavior as anything but immoral and disordered because as Pope Francis makes clear, such behavior “does not recognize the order of creation.” 

To conclude, the gender ideologies that are being thrust upon our youth today ultimately call into question the very notion of being and what it means to be human. These ideologies deny that the body is a significant and defining component of the human person. They fail to acknowledge that God created people male and female and instead teach that gender is a societal construct that we may pick and choose as we wish. Proponents of this radical, new, and revolutionary understanding and re-creation of man deny their nature and declare boldly that it is not given to them, but that they create and style it for themselves. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI warned Christians about these revolting ideologies back in 2012. He said, “When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.”

Respectfully,
Rev. James C. Campbell
St. Eulalia Catholic Church
6 East Maple Street
Coudersport, PA 16915

23 comments :

Anonymous said...

Whew. Where to we start? Biblical prohibitions about judging would be one place. Denying of equal rights and protections with those who may not have been born with the same biological proclivities would be another place. Living in the word of Jesus Christ would be a third place. It's very hard to have such a dialogue if bigotry and discrimination is considered acceptable from a Christian perspective.

Anonymous said...

Amen 1:46!!! Also, I'm so tired of the religious community speaking of sexual preferences/choices. It's not a choice!! If you think it is, ask yourself when you chose to be heterosexual! enough said.

Anonymous said...

"Christians cannot identify homosexual behavior as anything but immoral and disordered because as Pope Francis makes clear, such behavior “does not recognize the order of creation.”

What a crock. I bet James Campbell is all bent out of shape over Pope Francis. It's about time we had a worthy Pope. Hey James, if you want to promote bigotry, convert to Baptist.

Anonymous said...

Amen, I believe everyone is born hetrosexual the way god intended for continuation of our species. Homosexuality seems to run rapid in some families. Whether this is learned behavior or a sick trick the Devil snuck in the person or families genetic code is up for debate. Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve said God.

Anonymous said...

Wonders how the clergy being celibate honors the order of creation? Wonders how sexually abusing young boys for years honors the order of creation? Get off the high horse christians yer a bunch of hypocritical a holes with antiquated beliefs on morality. Get with the times or fade into the past where you belong.

Anonymous said...

This is a very well written article and I would like to thank Father James for his time and effort writing the letter, but also for his countless time and effort is supporting our communities in countless ways. It is refreshing that the Pope has taken a position and can defend and standby that position. The world is so full of lip-service politicians and leaders that waffle from one decision to another based on public opinion, I again appreciate a solid stance on this issue.

Anonymous said...

Did you ask to be born straight?

Did the Afro-American down the road ask to be born dark skinned?

Did Mother Theresa ask to be born female?

Did Helen Keller ask to be blind?

Anonymous said...

Rev. Campbell is only sharing the Truth from God's Holy Book - the Bible. (Look at Romans 1:25-28)Quoting from the Bible is not judging, it is clearly stating what is in the scriptures. In todays society, it is assumed everyone gets a free pass to Heaven and people can pick and choose what is sin and what is not with the misconception, if I don't agree and accept your sin, I am judging. We are suppose to love everyone (the sinner included), but not the sin. But that in most cases is not enough, because individuals would rather believe you hate them than the sin. They want us to love them and the sin or we are totally wrong in our understanding of the Bible. Rev. Campbell is stating the Biblical (Christian) perspective with no bigotry or discrimination and not the secular (worldly) position.

Anonymous said...

Pope Francis would own Rev. James in a cage match.

Anonymous said...

Good for you Father James. I am tired of all the fagging off on the television, on the street, in the diner, etc.... You were not born with jazz hands so knock it the hell off! Someone needs to stuff Ellen back in the damn closet where she belongs.

Anonymous said...

So people now sit around in social groups and decide what their sexual orientation will be? That's a .. er ... novel idea... I can't quite think of another appropriate adjective to describe that concept. Some updated courses in science and biology are respectively suggested.

Anonymous said...

It's fine to believe however you want to believe but when you try to demand that others must live the same way as you- well then now we have an issue. Freedom of religion means that I can believe however I want and so can you and neither of us can encroach on the others beliefs. The issue with the argument that sex is for creation and should be done only in marriage makes me wonder if all of those childless married couples should have their marriages annulled. Also people living together without being married to each other, children born out of wedlock, and cheating on your spouse are not illegal even those these are all commented on in the bible as sins. Yet we do not allow same sex couples, in all states, to get what is a civil contract from the state and can be wholly separated from religious marriage because- why? Because a religion says so? It was not that long ago when whites and blacks could not marry. When Loving vs Virginia went to the Supreme Court in 1967, there were many arguments against allowing interracial marriage and many of those arguments came from the religious sect who claimed that God wanted the races separate as He had put them all, originally, on different continents. But today not many people would argue that we should outlaw interracial marriage because the Supreme Court forced the country to accept it. And this is now what is happening with same-sex marriage. If you don't want to accept same-sex marriage, fine, don't. Just like you can disagree with having sex out of wedlock but don't outlaw behaviors between consenting adults just because you disagree with it. Unless you have irrevocable proof that these same-sex marital unions are harmful to someone (and no, you don't) then allow others to make their own choices. God gave people freewill to choose their own paths, even if others disagree.

Anonymous said...

It is important to consider Mr. Campbell as also a person separate from his holy duty. I ask you, Mr. Campbell, to look at the company you keep; your inclinations and tendencies aren’t as transparent as you might presume. I hope you Might Always Remember not to Zoom in On one facet of relationships; sex isn’t everything.

Anonymous said...

It is important to consider Mr. Campbell as also a person separate from his holy duty. I ask you, Mr. Campbell, to look at the company you keep; your inclinations and tendencies aren’t as transparent as you might presume. I hope you Might Always Remember not to Zoom in On one facet of relationships; sex isn’t everything.

Anonymous said...

Many same sex couples are content to just live together just as many straight couples. Then there are gay couples that want a marriage but would be just as happy to have a civil, legal contract to protect their assets just as a straight couple would in a marriage.

Just like there are GOD's laws and man's laws, there can be a GOD fearing marriage and a legal civil union. You know, separation of church and state.

How many people know that living together for decades gets you nothing come Social Security time? How many realize that living together guarantees you nothing when one dies and their family comes to clean out the house and bank accounts?

Anonymous said...

How ironic, coming from a local leader of the Catholic Church. No orginazation on the earth is built from top to bottom of more homosexuals than the Catholic Church.

Anonymous said...

"God gave people freewill to choose their own paths, even if others disagree." This quote from one of the commenters is very true. God did give us free will and the power to choose. However, also consider that He gave us a path to follow if we are return to His Embrace. We are free to turn away from Him and Heaven. The road to Heaven is straight and narrow while the to Hell is well-paved and wide. Anything worth attaining is going to be difficult in its attainment; otherwise it is of no worth. I have noticed that all of the immoral and unhealthy things in life are easy to obtain. Christ's forgiveness is also easy to gain if one is sincere in the request. It is hard to stay on the right path with wrong turns everywhere in today's society.

Anonymous said...

To the catholic church this is a money issue getting more into the church is their main concern. More people means more money simple economics. Just like Obama did with getting people to vote for him .

Once Is Enough said...

"Straight" people marrying 2, 3, or more times makes just as much of a mockery of marriage as does a same-sex-marriage.

Tim Cole said...

Father Campbell This big old homo celebrates and applauds your right to express your insights and opinions on this subject! Mother Tressa is one of my personal heroes. I also think this Pope rocks! If your nose is bent out of shape over this popes tendencies to have a slight practical humanistic slant towards social issues I would not be to concerned! His handlers will have him out of office soon enough, Lets face it the only reason we have a Pope from the slums of a Spanish speaking nation is to clean up the sex scandles the church is so well known for! I always enjoy reading everything you post and hope you understand that not all people perscribe to the same fairy tale you do!

Anonymous said...

and that my friend is one of the reasons the church has fewer and fewer members,This pope is at least headed in the future direction as the world has and is changing!!! and Preist who live in glass houses[well you all know the rest]!!!!

Anonymous said...

What does scripture say?
Read the bible, trust and obey.

Anonymous said...

I think Mother Teresa would be extremely disappointed in your "sermon".
Your very words reveal your intolerance, and your hypocrisy is breathtaking when you lecture us on morality.