Sometimes I forget that non-profits like Catholic churches are forbidden by tax code from involving themselves in political matters, but here comes the Rev. Michael Rodriguez of El Paso’s San Juan Bautista Catholic Church reminding me they are immune to such restrictions.
“Remember: Every single Catholic, out of fidelity to charity and truth, has the absolute duty to oppose (1) the murder of unborn babies, and (2) any and all government attempts to legalize homosexual unions,” Rodriguez writes an El Paso Times op-ed. “Any Catholic who supports homosexual acts is, by definition, committing a mortal sin, and placing himself/herself outside of communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Furthermore, a Catholic would be guilty of a most grievous sin of omission if he/she neglected to actively oppose the homosexual agenda, which thrives on deception and conceals its wicked horns under the guises of ‘equal rights,’ ‘tolerance,’ ‘who am I to judge?,’ etc.”
But how can we fault a guy who is so gracious to also frown upon rape?: “Even the ancient Greeks had a basic respect for the principles of natural law. To simplify: One would have to be ghastly morally decrepit to think that if 51 percent of Americans opine that rape is OK, then rape becomes, in effect, all right. Sure, the majority is politically capable of such a vote, but this could never make rape morally right.”
Oh, this is how: “I urge all of the Catholic faithful to treat homosexuals with love, understanding, and respect. At the same time, never forget that genuine love demands that we seek, above all, the salvation of souls. Homosexual acts lead to the damnation of souls.”