Sunday, July 18, 2021

"Not a Hotel"

Very solid essay here.

The author, Don DeMarco, makes the observation that 'the Church is not a hotel,' by which he means that some people simply cannot be in 'the Church' while holding beliefs contrary to those of the Church.

For example,

...The hotel Catholic wants not only to affirm everyone but to affirm their actions however their actions clash with Catholic teaching. In Toronto, members of the Catholic school board have approved celebrating the LGBTQ ideology and displaying the rainbow flag while venting hostility to their fellow board members for being staunch Catholics. Several board members who refuse to make accommodations to the world have resigned rather than promote an ideology which conflicts with authentic Catholic teaching. There are no Archbishop Rummels on the scene, however, to chastise the heretics and reinstate the faithful.

The supporters of LGBTQ may think they are being progressive, on the cutting edge of a brave new world. The plain fact of the matter is that the acceptance and promotion of sexual promiscuity, which includes sodomy, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and a high potential for personal tragedies, is inconsistent not only with Catholic teaching but with what we know about fundamental health norms. It is one thing to affirm every human being as a person made in the image of God, but it is quite another to affirm a lifestyle that is injurious to both self and society. Why not fly the flag of the Ku Klux Klan? Its members are also oppressed human beings who are in need of love and affirmation....

Yes.  He didn't bring up Biden* but he could have.

...Our mission in life is to love one another, not to be accommodating. We are wise to heed the words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him to truth.” Accommodation leads to nowhere.   ...

There is a rough parallel to political America, too.  At some point in time, radical Leftists must be asked to leave; this country cannot survive as a "hotel" when many of the inhabitants are tearing down the foundations and walls.

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