The Extraordinary Synod of bishops in Rome is apparently toying with the idea of offering us a new pastoral approach for those actively living an active homosexual lifestyle. Instead of getting fixated on the sinful nature of their lifestyle, we would supposedly focus on the gifts and qualities they
have to offer us.
Sadly, this is the approach that was taken for many years regarding the treatment of homosexual priests, who were "helping" teenage boys to discover the pleasures and fellowship offered by the gay lifestyle. These priests had gifts and qualities to offer us, which would have been denied
the Church and the world if they had been suspended - or much worse, prosecuted.
Apparently, then, it was sadly discriminatory for us to ignore these gifts and qualities, so as to fixate on the criminal nature of only one dimension of their priestly ministries. Had we merely encouraged them to nurture their other gifts and qualities, their homosexual attraction to young boys would allegedly have evaporated due to our refusal to fixate on it.
Unfortunately, our court system aborted this process prematurely and required Church bureaucrats to pay billions in fines, penalties and reparations for their "crime" of tolerance.
In another era, we saw how Nazis had gifts and qualities to offer us to help offset the negative aspects of their genocidal practices. They provided jobs, healthcare, the autobahn and technological breakthroughs that are still blessing us today. Should we ignore all of these by allowing ourselves to
fixate on the evil of genocide?
Again, it seems that we are being urged to ignore the fact that millions of human lives are being destroyed by Catholics through medical abortions and abortifacient "contraceptives." Instead, we are apparently to be urged to focus on the positive gifts and qualities offered by such Catholics. Furthermore, we are supposed to use the Blessed Sacrament to affirm these gifts and qualities
and to help all of us to appreciate the positive aspects of contraception and abortion.
In contrast to this perspective, it is interesting to note that, traditionally, the Church welcomes people by inviting them, through repentance and the obedience of faith, to be delivered from the bondage of sin and to receive the new life of God's gracious love in the sacrament of Baptism. As a hospital welcomes patients in order to cure them, the Church welcomes sinners in order to heal them of sin and its crippling consequences. We can ill afford to start embracing the perspective of a tribe in Africa, whose inadequate diet led to a pandemic of goiters. The way they responded to this problem was to regard this enlargement of the throat to be a beauty mark. The bigger the goiter, the better the beauty.
Hopefully, the "other gifts and qualities" detour in the Synodal discussions will soon be corrected, so that the end result of the Synod will be a resounding reaffirmation of the basic truth that we should love the sinner by curing the sin. The propositions of the progressive agenda notwithstanding, abiding in lust is never therapeutic.