Press each of the Pillar’s underline names for their articles on McElroy’s wolf in shepherd’s clothing heretical teachings on inclusion. Bishop Baron’s is the point of my post below.
I just read Barron’s commentary and it is good. But there are two elephants in the room that need to be distinguished.
1. All Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass and to follow Divine and Church law. That is as inclusive as it gets. However, we are all sinners in need of conversion, repentance and conversion. At Mass and other “churchy” activities, but especially at Holy Communion, there are some exclusions. Usually these are self-imposed if the communicant is the only one aware of his mortal sin. In public sins, the Church places a censure, such as divorced and remarried outside of the Church for heterosexuals and attempted “marriages” of homosexuals. Also in the RCIA process, we invite everyone, but have to make some prudential decision about inclusion or exclusion of those who show no conversion, are in public sinful situations, such as an invalid marriage, etc.
2. But apart from that, do we allow Catholics to attend Mass in drag, a la those who entertain that way? Do we allow transsexuals, those in irregular marriages, living together, promoting ideologies contrary to the Faith, to teach in our schools and CCD programs, proclaim the Scriptures at Mass, distribute Holy Communion and in leadership positions in the parish. I think we can be exclusive in this area. Can we apply what I just wrote to those interested in the priesthood, diaconate or Religious life.