Tuesday, November 9, 2010
ANONYMOUS TO HOLY FATHER(S): STAY OUT OF THE BEDROOM!
I received this anonymous comment on my "hyper-secularized" post that has 94 comments or more, on my little old blog no less! I never would have thunk! But I digress. Read this comment and I respond below it.
The pope needs to STAY OUT OF THE BEDROOM. What two people do there is NOBODY'S business. Especially someone who has never had sex, namely the pope. Or, should we never say never. That is a vote for heterosexuals and homosexuals alike."
Several years ago I spoke to a Sunday School group at the First Baptist Church in Augusta (the birth place of the Southern Baptist Convention, by the way) on the Church's teaching on birth control and human sexuality, including marriage. I was asked about the fact that many Catholics disregard these teachings. My answer was that these teachings, based upon Scripture, Tradition and natural law are precisely that, teachings. No one can force anyone to follow the moral law and "I'm not a policeman standing over the bed of any couples, married or not, exerecising their unconverted instincts and ready to arrest them if they don't follow Church teaching as it concerns sex. I stay out of the physical bedrooms of the my parishioners and only offer revealed truth as advice to them." The Southern Baptists liked my answer!
I gave a presentation on Stewardship in three cities of the Diocese of Bismarck this past week. Apart from my presentation, the group also viewed a video tape by Msgr. McGreed of the Diocese of Wichita who is a pioneer in stewardship. He made it clear that stewardship is a Biblical principle that helps us to live our Catholic faith. Our Catholic faith touches every aspect of our lives, from sex to the pocketbook and calls us to be good stewards of all that God has given us. The two areas that many Christians resent God or the Church touching or striving to convert is our sex lives and our pocket book. But yet in both of these areas converting is necessary, but is only accomplished by being open to the grace of God to allow this to happen by God's grace.
Evidently, anonymous above is not open to conversion in the area of sexuality as God as enlightened the Church on this issue. Anonymous is not a good steward of God's gracious gifts evidently. That's sad!