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Stuck Between the Rock & a Hard Place

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Who are we going to punish? I worry about this as a priest in reference to the distribution of Holy Communion, absolution in the sacrament of Penance and in terms of preaching a faith message from the Scriptures that might immediately be interpreted as “hate speech.” Passivity and toleration is not enough to appease certain people… it is being demanded that conventional Christians become advocates for sinful behavior. If a priest gives the sacraments to anyone, no matter what their views and lifestyle, then does he not become an accomplice in their sin? Would he forfeit his own immortal soul for causing scandal and violating conscience, the commandments and his sacred duty? For the sake of accompaniment, can a bishop or even pope force a priest to say or do something that he views as sinful and wrong?

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  1. A question of moral logic:

    Marriage has been historical defined as sacramental, conditions met, between one man and one woman.

    If we have now been elevated to an enlightenment that has determined Gender does not matter, thus Gay marriage;

    then why should we not also be enlightened to accept that number no longer matters?

    It seems sensible that if Gender does not matter then number should not matter either.

    Thus we should accept Polygamy. Indeed if our logic is consistent then marriage should apply
    to any arrangement (gender and number) of participants. Within that arrangement there could
    be homosexual and bi-sectional relationships.

    I pose this question as it seems to be a logical extension of the logical argument for Gay marriage.

    FATHER JOE: It is coming. The federal laws that historically restricted the Mormons to one wife are being tested by those who avoid civil licenses. Anti-cohabitation laws might still be on the books but are rarely enforced. Muslims from certain nations are permitted three wives. I suspect that if things continue to go the way they are going, we will shortly see multi-partner and multi-gender unions or so-called marriages.

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