|Mallon's Media Watch|
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Fun with Jesuits
Top British Jesuit suppresses Web site which pictured males kissing
By Simon Caldwell
Catholic News Service
LONDON (CNS) -- The British provincial of the Society of Jesus has suppressed a Jesuit Web site that featured an image of two young men kissing.
The Web site was set up by Jesuit Father David Birchall of St. Wilfrid's Church, Preston, to promote a weekend retreat for gay and lesbian Christians called "Clear as Your Conscience." Incorporated into the design of the site was the image of the two men locked in an embrace, juxtaposed with a picture of two young women cuddling. Both images were under a single, superimposed cross.
The Web site also had links to gay Web sites.
The provincial, Father David Smolira, shut down the Jesuit-run site when he was told of the contents by The Catholic Herald, a London-based weekly newspaper that reported the story Feb. 21. Ged Clapson, province communications officer, told the paper: "It would appear that the material there had not been approved by the provincial. It has now been withdrawn until it achieves approval by the provincial."
Father Birchall told the paper that the weekend retreat had run for the last 12 years and usually attracted between 40 and 50 people of all denominations. He said the links to the gay directories were included as a reciprocal arrangement in order to advertise the weekend. "We are not linking directly to porn sites, I want to make that clear," said Father Birchall, who has studied in the United States. "These were links to directories, among whose other links we certainly would not be approving of." However, Father Birchall defended the pictures of the kissing.
"Christian lesbian and gay people do kiss each other," he said. "It's not as if they're naked on it. They're fully clad folk and, as far as I can gather, they're over 18." Before its suppression, the site said that feelings of guilt after sexual liaisons could be dealt with by internalizing them over time. It urged gay Christians to seek out fellow homosexuals in churches by turning on their "gaydars." It said moral theologians now based their reasoning not on the intrinsic worth of sexual acts but on what was "appropriate for a relationship."
The Web site also encouraged gays to put themselves forward for the priesthood, arguing that "the place where most influence can be put on an institution for change is the inside." It said, "There need to be people in the churches fighting for the rights of people who are gay." The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts "are contrary to the natural law." The "Catechism of the Catholic Church" says, "This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them (homosexuals) a trial."
Good for Olivier! Lesson: Email your Bishop...
FRENCH BISHOP ORDERS PRIEST TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHILDREN
PARIS, Feb 27, 03 (CWNews.com) - A French bishop has
ordered a priest to admit to fathering three children after
his affair with their mother became public.
The priest of the Diocese of Sees in Normandy fathered a
boy, Olivier, and two girls during a long-term affair with
their mother. "We found out after Olivier sent an email to
the bishop," Father Jacques Roger, a spokesman for the
diocese, said on Tuesday after the story became national
news. In his letter, Olivier, at 33 the oldest of the
three, complained of growing up without a father and
suffering from not being recognized by the priest as his
son. "The bishop asked the priest to assume responsibility
to ease the suffering of the children," said Father Roger,
adding the priest had paid child support for his children.
The affair became public when the mother spoke out on
television last month about the affair. The unidentified
priest was semi-retired before the affair became public,
but will no longer be allowed to perform any public
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
I received this announcement for a new movie on the life of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower
Thérèse - Official Site
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I want to tell you about the launch of a new web site for the movie THERESE, produced by Luke Films and scheduled for theatrical release October 2003. Please visit the site and support this beautiful family film on the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. There are all kinds of things to do and see on the site. You can learn about the people who made the film, learn more about St. Therese and join the discussion group, plus there's a contest where you can win a free trip to the movie premiere. The more of you who visit the site the greater the impact the film will have and it'll show the theater owners and the distributors what kind of films you want to see. Make sure you post a message on the discussion board to show your support. Here's your chance to make a difference in the entertainment industry.
Check it out, www.theresemovie.com
Monday, February 24, 2003
This is rich...
Catholic Scholar Going to Rome to Make a Case for War (washingtonpost.com)
The trip by Michael Novak, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, has generated fierce opposition from American Catholic leaders. Sixty of them, including the provincial heads of many men's and women's religious orders, sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Embassy saying, "Our church has spoken clearly and with an almost unanimous voice condemning this buildup to war."
In a cover letter to U.S. Ambassador James Nicholson, the Rev. Stan De Boe, a Trinitarian priest, referred to Novak as a "dissident theologian" whose support for a "preemptive" military strike against Iraq was at odds with the church's teachings on what constitutes a "just war."
Perhaps when the heads of US religious orders come out and affirm Humanae Vitae they may have some credibility... They must lie in wait looking for an opportunity to call an orthodox theologian like Novak a "dissenter." Please spare us the pious outrage.
From Mark Miravalle:
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