October 30, 2011
LA Catholic Church coming to terms with homosexuality?
Speaking of Catholics in California, it’s been 25 years since then-Bishop Roger Mahony created a gay and lesbian ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, though the Roman Catholic Church officially condemns homosexual behavior as immoral. The ministry is led by Father Chris Ponnet, and he tells the Los Angeles Times that local parishes have become much more tolerant of homosexual members.
Read the rest here.
I’m not surprised to read that L.A. parishes have become more tolerant of homosexual members during the past 25 years. This is a relative comparison—and I suspect that this mirrors a societal shift.
But Catholic doctrine on homosexuality has not softened. It still causes quite the stir when a Catholic priests comes out in support of gay marriage. And rainbows are still too “politically charged” for at least one Catholic school.
The Roman Catholic Church is not part of the open-church movement. And despite plenty of similarities, Catholics still are not Episcopalians. You need a conversion to get that.