While New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan recently made a strong statement against same-sex “marriage”, the senate of the State of New York ignored his plea and passed a bill to legalize gay “marriage”. Since the state’s Assembly has already passed a similar bill and the Governor is a huge supporter, it’s essentially a done deal.
Michael Voris, commenting on Archbishop Dolan’s statement, predicted that his efforts would fail. He turned out to be right. What was the reason for his pessimism? As he explains on RealCatholicTV.com (scroll to the video at the bottom of the page), the teachings of many clergymen on this issue ring hollow because the ranks of the clergy are filled with so many gay men or supporters of the gay agenda. If you don’t have time to watch his whole video, just start at 4:50.
Even the New York Times, an avowed enemy of the Church, saw this hypocrisy when it wrote:
The church refuses to acknowledge the hypocrisy at its heart: that it became a haven for gay priests even though it declares homosexual sex a sin, and even though it lobbies to stop gays from marrying. (Source)
That statement is bang on.
And Michael Voris is right. When the clergy don’t practice what they preach, they’re wasting their saliva and our eardrums. Something sounds wrong. Your soul can feel it, much like when you hear a dissonant note in a choir.
Likewise, when gay bishops force faithful priests to remain silent about these issues.
In the end, the Church in the West has ended up with flimsy and unauthoritative teaching on sexuality, much like the scribes and unlike Jesus (see Matt 7:28-29)
Even Archbishop Dolan is sending mixed signals because there are at least three parishes in his own diocese of New York that are openly welcoming of the homosexual agenda or rejecting the Church’s teaching on the matter. Perhaps the Archbishop should start there.