On the Nature of the Crisis in the Church

Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, has written a letter to his flock, which is available in it’s “official” form here. I have provided what I see as one – and only one - of his main conclusions below. Read the entire thing for yourself to get the full thrust and context of his comments. Keep in mind that the good Bishop calls each and every one of us to examine our own lives first, as not one of us is free from sin. That said (and all emphases are mine),

There has been a great deal of effort to keep separate acts which fall under the category of now-culturally-acceptable acts of homosexuality from the publically-deplorable acts of pedophilia. That is to say, until recently the problems of the Church have been painted purely as problems of pedophilia — this despite clear evidence to the contrary. It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held ANY of it to be acceptable…

It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. And the decision to act upon this disordered inclination is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable. Such wickedness should be hated with a perfect hatred. Christian charity itself demands that we should hate wickedness just as we love goodness. But while hating the sin, we must never hate the sinner, who is called to conversion, penance, and renewed communion with Christ and His Church, through His inexhaustible mercy…

The Bishop’s letter has been covered by the National Catholic Register, Catholic World Report, and probably elsewhere. Again, please read what the Bishop himself said.

I, for one, think this level of clarity and honesty is way overdue, and I applaud the Bishop’s bravery.