'this people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me 'but in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'" Matt: 15: 8-9As the people did in Galileo's time for which Pope John Paul II apologized to Galileo nearly some 400 years later and which Pope Benedict XVI had problems with. When I learned that homosexuality is a part of nature as much as heterosexuality and then later through studies that there are more than just two genders it was not hard for me to accept. It helped me understand that human sexuality is far more diverse than we can possibly imagine. This was because of my university studies that I was so privileged to have had, at a world class university (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), one of the top ten in the world. This is why when a Vatican official, at the time of my "coming out" (1997) called the University of Michigan "that secular school" as an attempt to degrade it, led me lose faith in the intelligence of the hierarchy, particularly Cardinal Ratzinger. But it did rise my respect for Pope John Paul II and his strong commitment to truth. He firmly believed that truth could only come from science and religion having no conflicts on any issue. Pope John Paul II will likely go down favorably in history. Pope Benedict XVI most likely will not, even though there are a number good things that he has done, however, innocent children are harmed because of his ignorance they are victims of inhumanity. (
This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin." In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.)
n Paul II was a humble
human being he relied on the input of many professional people from both sci
ence and religion. Whereas Pope Benedict XVI had dismissed the people of science from many of the committees inside the Vatican particularly those who were involved on the issues of homosexuality. This is the kind of arrogance, and pride that led Jesus to address some of the church leaders of his time
I think in truth on a much deeper level I was frightened, really frightened, to hear Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas remarks against homosexuals and transgendered human beings and even more frightened by the silence from the larger global community of human beings. What is so frightening is, even if there is agreement that one person does not matter or is not important, in truth then no one matters.
LONDON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are out of step with ordinary believers in their attitude toward homosexuals, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview published Wednesday.
Blair, who formally converted to Catholicism in 2007, said he believes there is a big generational difference on the issue, and that ordinary Catholics are more liberal-minded than their leaders. Read more Photo
Tony Blair receives the same treatment that the thousands of victims of child sexual abuse had received from the hierarchy for decades who were asking for justice and to stop the harm. Once, again Vatican and its hierarchy show a total disregard for humanity in favor of their own traditions. This remained so until with the use of the Internet and the strength of the human spirit to right the wrongs brought the hierarchy down to justice and it looks like it will have to happen again for the safety and well being of protecting children. Effie Malley a senior prevention specialist at the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). She is one of the authors of SPRC’s Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth. She works with federal grantees, advising them on youth suicide prevention and early. Effie Malley will be speaking at the upcoming 42nd Annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology, April 15-18, 2009 in San Francisco.
11-Year-Old Hangs Himself after Enduring Daily Anti-Gay Bullying
NEW YORK, April 9, 2009 - An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother's weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year. Read more
Even Tony Blair a world leader is dismissed by a smug arrogant smile of indifference in front of a portrait of Benedict XVI.
Leader of Catholic Church dismisses Tony Blair's gay rights comments
The next leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has dismissed Tony Blair's comments over gay rights in the Church.
Archbishop Nichols told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Mr Blair is a very fine politician and he has got very well-tuned political senses."But I am afraid the way the Catholic Church thinks is rather different to that and I think I will take my guide from Pope Benedict actually." Read More Telegraph.co.uk
(“...they are blind guides of the blind And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." Matt:15:14)
(IV. ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT - - 1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin." In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.) CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Jesus speaks clearly about how the Vatican, the church leaders of today, like the some of the Pharisees and scribes "teach as Doctrines the Precepts of Men."
Matthew 15 Tradition and Commandment
1 Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2 "Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." 3 And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? … 7 "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 8 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 9 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'" …12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?" 13 But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. 14"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Matthew 23 Pharisaism Exposed
4" They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. 5 "…they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; …13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in… 24 "You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! 25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 "You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. 27 " Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. 28 "So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.