Monday, June 10, 2013

Courageous bishop defends natural marriage before hostile crowd

Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you:

This, according to LifeSiteNews:
Bishop Thomas Paprocki
PHOENIX, June 5, 2013 ( - In what is being acknowledged even by liberal Catholics as a courageous move, Springfield, IL Bishop Thomas Paprocki debated dissident nun Sr. Jeannine Gramick on the topic of gay “marriage” before a decidedly gay-friendly crowd on Friday. In a shocking revelation in his opening remarks, the bishop told the crowd that his former secretary was brutally murdered by a gay activist simply for suggesting that he change his lifestyle.

Heckling and insults from the crowd and were expected and received as the bishop laid out the argument in favor of traditional marriage, after which he concluded, “some of you may be sneering, and I might be lucky if you said you were willing to hear me again on this topic some other time… In the end, I hope that at least a few of you will agree with my remarks.”
Moderated by journalist Robert Blair Kaiser, the event was held at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ Church.

The Jesuit alumni of Arizona, which organized the event, called it “Two Catholic Views on Marriage,” but in his remarks Bishop Paprocki was quick to point out that was a misnomer. “I corrected that, since there is only one authentic Catholic view,” said the bishop. “There are two views being presented here tonight by two people who are baptized Catholics, but only one of those views, the one I will present, is consistent with Catholic teaching, while the other view clearly dissents from Catholic teaching.”
Highlighted portion is by me. Please, read it all here.

Commentary. Bishop Paprocki is a bishop with a spine, the latest in a series of American bishops who proclaims the Gospel and its inherent truth about men and women without fear, in season and out of season.

You must read Bishop Paprocki's statement in full. It is an elegant, concise, and truthful analysis of the nature of human beings, of sexual love, and true marriage. I think of it as a "manifesto" for those of us who are convinced by sober and rational considerations as well as from true love and faith, that marriage is only between one man and one woman.

May God bless Bishop Paprocki and gives the Church more bishops like him.
- Bishop Paprocki’s full address is available here.