Wednesday, July 2, 2014
"WHO AM I TO JUDGE?" REDUX--DOES THIS APPLY TO AN ARCHBISHOP ACCUSED AND PRESUMED GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT?
What Pope Francis went on to condemn was a "gay lobby" that would promote immorality especially as it concerns natural law and marriage, secular or religious. "Lobbies are not good" in this regard.
Now we have Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt once again being accused of homosexual misconduct earlier in his priestly and episcopal career with consenting adults (outside of his current assignment). You can read the details by pressing the RSN news story HERE.
Archbishop Nienstedt last year was falsely accused of touching a young confirmandi inappropriately during a group photo session after a Confirmation with parents and others present taking pictures. Because of the nature of the accusation, he followed diocesan policy, stepped down and was found innocent and resumed his ministry.
Archbishop Nienstedt has been a very vocal supporter of natural law as it concerns sex and marriage and has opposed the changing of the definition of marriage which violates natural law. Because of this the "GAY LOBBY" in and out of the Church absolutely hates him and seeks to rid the Church of this man who dares to support the Church's teaching in the public square as it concerns natural law, sexuality and secular and religious marriage.
But let's say that Archbishop Nienstedt is guilty before being found innocent? If he repented of his sins, did penance and was returned to ministry and now "searches for the Lord and has good will," who is the homosexual lobby there to judge?
Isn't it telling that the homosexual lobby and the media are not invoking Pope Francis famous words as it concerns Archbishop Nienstedt?
But the question remains, can a priest or a bishop who may have sinned with consenting adults of the same sex be forgiven and can they still teach what the Church teaches in terms of this type of immorality and the need to repent and conform to Christ and His Church? Is not the Church a field hospital for sinners to seek medication and healing, that is the forgiveness of sins and the grace to rise above one's sinful disorders?
Keep in mind, though, that Archbishop Nienstedt is innocent until proven guilty and that the homosexual lobby will stoop to anything to stop his ministry in the Twin Cities. They have a proven track record in this regard.
Pray for the Archbishop and his Archdiocese!