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    Fr. Joseph Jenkins

  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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The Nature of Man Remains the Same

When dealing with the possibility (or rather impossibility) of rewriting Catholic moral teaching, another qualification that I would insist upon would be in the area of Christian anthropology. While we might come to a deeper understanding of what constitutes man, our basic human nature as fallen remains the same.  This is the case despite the irrationality that masquerades as enlightenment in science and the humanities. Homosexuality is disorientation and any subsequent acts violate both divine positive law and natural law.  There are two genders and all else is just a matter of dysphoria.  Marriage is between a man and woman and the marital act must be directed to the fidelity of their union and to the generation of new human life. The sins of fornication, adultery and same-sex intimacies cannot be excused as irregular unions.  They are forbidden, always and everywhere— case closed.  Sexual sins always constitute mortal matter even if culpability can be subjectively mitigated. Why is this? It has to do with the blatant fact that we are our bodies (spiritual-corporeal composites).  Misuse of the sexual faculties is an abuse of oneself and of others with whom relationships are formed.