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"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Rainbow Sash rebuke Cardinal George

Yet again...

mysan.de/international - Rainbow Sash Movement (Gay Catholics) Call on the Pope to Make the Decision (I'm not sure exactly where they got that headline from... I can't find any mention in the article about asking the Pope about anything! Then again, it's on a German website so...who knows.)

Quote: "Presently there is an attempt by fundamentalist Catholics to attack reason and pastoral practice. These fundamentalist elements within the Church consistently promote lies about the Rainbow Sash Movement. We say the Rainbow Sash is about identification, the fundamentalist say it is about protest. They have even drawn His Eminence Francis Cardinal Ainse, Vatican Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) into debate with deceptive practices."

Earlier in the article, they give the numbers of bishops in the USCCB and then claim that "only Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has denied members of the Rainbow Sash Movement Communion." This is false, Cardinal McCarrick, former president of the USCCB and now bishop of Atlanta (I think?) also has consistently denied them Communion. I believe other bishops have also stated that they would be denied if they showed up in their dioceses.

They go on to state, "Members of the Rainbow Sash Movement believe in the Church’s Teaching Magisterium, and a fundamental Teaching of the Church the Primacy of Conscience." Hmmm... If you believe in the Church's "Teaching Magisterium" then you have to believe the Catechism when it says,

(Catechism of the Catholic Church - section on Moral Conscience)


1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.

1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin."59 In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.

1792 Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.

1793 If - on the contrary - the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.

1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time "from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith."60

So, my question is, if the Rainbow Sash wearers profess that they accept the Magisterium and the "Primacy of Conscience," do they accept the Magisterium's teaching on the primacy of conscience?


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