Cardinal Ratzinger (presently Benedict XVI) was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine ofthe Faith (CDF) from 1981-2005, it is the oldest office of the Vatican, which was called the Holy Office of the Inquisition, oversees Catholic doctrine and combats or suppresses heresy. It is the same office that condemned Galileo as a heretic because Galileo insisted that it is the earth that revolves around the sun and not the sun that revolves around the earth, which this Holy Office of the Inquisition claimed was in opposition to the bible.
A PBS miniseries: Secret Files of the Inquisition, tells a story of epic proportions and powerful themes of Holy Wars and Crusades, of torture and terror, of the struggle for human rights and dignity. Based on previously unreleased secret documents from European Archives including the Vatican, Secret Files of the Inquisition unveils the incredible true story of the Catholic Church’s 500 year struggle to remain the world’s only true Christian religion. For over half a millennium a system of mass terror reigned. Thousands were subject to secret courts, torture and punishment.
During his 24 years as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and now as Benedict XVI, he has silenced and continues to silence, a large number of priests and sisters, who questioned and challenged the teachings of the Vatican regarding homosexual orientation and human sexuality with the facts from research studies and biblical scholars, which clearly validated homosexual orientation as a normal part of human nature. These priests and sisters were and are silenced or removed from their ministry without any open, public discussion of the facts human sexuality with the professionals in these fields of study. This practice is in total opposition with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which states, it must be an authoritative explanation of issues of faith and morals and not an authoritarian approach – meaning no discussion or explanation – much like it was at the time of Galileo. History is being repeated, only this time the lives of millions of children in early childhood continue to be abused by the influence of the unsubstantiated antigay teachings promulgated by Benedict XVI and the hierarchy of the Vatican. All Christians who remain silent or are indifferent to this devastating form of global child abuse, once again, will have to answer to God for their neglect.
The Last Judgment - Sheep and the Goats
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers [and sisters] of mine, you did for me.”
Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”
They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?”
He will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. Matthew 25: 31-46
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And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:5-6
We have witness what an authoritative approach in Church leadership is like regarding issues of faith and morals by the conferences that took place among the Episcopal and Lutheran Churches this summer 2009. The Episcopalians declared “...unequivocally that the LGBT baptized can and will have equal access to ordination processes in the Episcopal Church," said the Reverend Susan Russell, president of Integrity USA. The Lutherans “…voting to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.” What we have witnessed is the leaders of these two Christian denominations, which was inclusive of men, women, sexual orientation, and gender identity, including people in committed relationships coming together to discuss and deal effectively with very controversial issues about human beings of all ages. It definitely was not conferences for those weak of faith or the faint hearted. It had to be true believers, people of strong, tried and tested faith, to be able to be that open to the work of the Holy Spirit. They came together, after having spent several previous years in prayer, study and open discussion with many people related to the research facts from science and biblical scholars about the issues of homosexuality and human sexuality that together in the light of Christ they were to decide upon the future direction of their congregations. Their process so closely resembles, if not an exact replication of how the disciples of Christ gather together in prayer before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Both the Episcopalians and Lutherans arose from their conferences of dialogue and prayer this summer 2009 with a bold and fearless sense of direction willing to face head on even fierce opposition, which they anticipated but with a strong renewed sense of the love of God.
We saw the numerous pictures of how the Episcopalians and Lutherans with their heads bowed and holding hands at tables in prayer. I think that this portrays the true meaning of what it means to be Church; a community of believes of true love for all people, everyone is included and no one is excluded. Knowing the extreme complexities of the issues these responsible Christians leaders were facing they did not falter in their duty, they faced them through active study, open discussion and sincere prayer. Most definitely, not an easy task more than we could possibly know. Because it is an authoritative approach in Church leadership, which is more difficult, seems messy, takes more time and energy, but is more beneficial, and life-giving in the end for everyone and most especially - "Kids are not being hurt!!!" It is the difference between a functional family and a dysfunctional family where no discussion, explanations or exchange of new ideas are allowed, which is the authoritarian approach. The process and the outcome of the conferences of Episcopalians and Lutherans 2009 were more beautiful to witness then any sunrise, sunset or any wonder in the world, because it was about true love. Together they inspired new "hope" in us all around the world! They gave us all a most vivid and powerful example to follow if we are to call ourselves true disciples of Christ, how to care for all people. They and others before them chose the part of being Mary, "...who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said" and not be distracted, who Jesus praised for her undivided attention.
At the Home of Martha and Mary
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42
And what He said was...
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that she/he lay down her/his life for her/his friends. John 15:12-13
that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments.
In a resolution adopted by the APA's governing council, and in an accompanying report, the association issued its most comprehensive repudiation of "reparative therapy" — a concept espoused by a small but persistent group of therapists, often allied with religious conservatives, who maintain gays can change.
No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the resolution, adopted by a 125-4 vote. The APA said some research suggests that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies. Read complete article by - David Crary - The Associated Press (AP)
For the first time, researchers have established a clear link between rejecting behaviors of families towards lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents and negative health outcomes in early adulthood. The findings will be published in the January issue of Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics…The paper, authored by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and her team at the César E. Chávez Institute at San Francisco State University, which shows that parents’ rejecting behaviors towards their LGB children dramatically compromises their health, has far reaching implications for changing how families relate to their LGB children and how LGB youth are served by a wide range of providers across systems of care, including HIV prevention and care…
“Our research has established a predictive link between specific, negative family reactions to their child’s sexual orientation and serious health problems for these adolescents in young adulthood—such as depression, illegal drug use, risk for HIV infection, and suicide attempts,” said Caitlin Ryan, PhD, Director of the Family Acceptance Project at the César E. Chávez Institute at SF State and lead author of the paper. “The new body of research we are generating will help develop resources, tools and interventions to strengthen families, prevent homelessness, reduce the proportion of youth in foster care and significantly improve the lives of LGBT young people and their families.
Major Research Findings:
• Higher rates of family rejection during adolescence were significantly associated with poorer health outcomes for LGB young adults.
• LGB young adults who reported higher levels of family rejection during adolescence were 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to report having engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse, compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection…
“This study clearly shows the tremendous harm of family rejection, even if parents think they are well-intentioned, following deeply held beliefs or even protecting their children," said Dr. Sten Vermund, a pediatrician and Amos Christie Chair of Global Health at Vanderbilt University. Read complete article – visit - the Family Acceptance Project website for a PDF
Support LGBT people 2009
Tony Blair - April 8, 2009 – Benedict XVI and Vatican should rethink entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality, claiming its views on gay rights were out of step with those of ordinary Roman Catholics. www.guardian.co.uk
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I found two issues that seem to be consistently prevalent among individuals who are strongly opposed to homosexual orientation and gender identity issues. First, there is an absolute void of any intellectual study or substantial familiarity on the topics, however, at the same time there is a complete discrediting of all research regarding LGBT issues without any knowledge of the research. They strongly resist any attempts at discussion or explanation of these issues. Secondly, which is most frightening is what seems to be an almost unconscious, total sense of cold indifference, void of any human empathy for the harm and violence done to LGBT individuals even to children, completely oblivious that these human beings actually exist. They seem quite unknowingly to give off a telltale sign of a stark sense of acceptable meanness for human beings that is seamless to their own self-awareness. This is what is so frightening, because again, if there is a way to dehumanize even one human being then no one is safe. Depending on the kind and the degree of intensity of this kind of dehumanization, it has ever so slight aspects similar to a psychopath personality, however, even the slightest would seem to be a cause for concern.
No matter how many people gather together and if all agree that it is the sun that revolves around the earth will, in fact, not make it so.
Christians who are most opposed to homosexual orientation and or gender identity issues need to follow Christ words to first take the plank out of their own eye, first, so they can see more clearly. First, by studying the research on sexual orientation and gender identity thoroughly, before judging anyone. Second, then applying this new learned knowledge to oneself, because in truth sexual orientation and gender identity variations is in well over 90% of the world population. And the less than 10% of the world population who are predominantly heterosexual, they then not to be oppose to homosexual orientation, but instead tend to be more eager to learn about homosexual orientation, because it is so foreign to them.
These days there are more people out of the closet and who are warmly supported by allies from all walks of life, this is a number that continues to grow, but most especially by so many parents and families. This leaves only those who are still in the closet are quite obviously almost exclusively those who are so strongly oppose to sexual orientation and gender identity issues. It is these people who are afraid to face the truth about their own sexual orientation and gender identity issues. And because there are less places to hid many of these people in the closet have become quite hostile towards LGBTQI people indiscriminately, which ends up being most harmful and destructive to very young children. A possible quick test whether or not you are in the “closet” is by deciding how willing you are to thoroughly study the facts about sexual orientation and gender identity and then discuss how this new information applies to you personally with another or other human beings. In any case, to speak out of ignorance about sexual orientation and gender identity issues most severely harms innocent children, first and then many others besides. It is an insidious way to spread violence in the world blindly, which eventually hurts everyone.
”Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher."Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. Luke 6:37-42
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March 1997 - Fr, Marty Kurylowicz “Comes out” to his parishioners to draw public attention to the harm caused to children as young as 4 and 5 years of age who grow up to be gay, by the influence of harsh anti-gay societal and religious norms, after attending New Ways Ministry Symposium, Pittsburg PA
June 1997 – Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) authorized that Fr. Kurylowicz’s 2 terms of Sabbatical leave time be denied. Fr. Kurylowicz is to submit to conversion therapy, a reeducation on sexual orientation. Any future assignments in his Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michgan, USA were in question. Fr. Kurylowicz requested time off to study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; time was approved, however, regular priest salary ended and no educational funding given, though he received a letter from the Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA that stated that Fr. Kurylowicz is “a priest in good standing.”
August 14, 1997, APA - Resolution on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation - Adopted by the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives
August 5, 2009 - APA appointed the six-member Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation in 2007 to review and update APA's 1997 resolution, "Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation," and to generate a report. APA was concerned about ongoing efforts to promote the notion that sexual orientation can be changed through psychotherapy or approaches that mischaracterize homosexuality as a mental disorder.
September 10, 1997 ... Always Our Children – document by the United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops
October 1, 1997, Bishops Urge Parents of Homosexuals to Accept Their Children, Themselves, Church Teaching on Human Dignity By the US Catholic Bishops' Committee on Marriage and Family Life released Always Our Children.
October 1, 1997, Bishops: Parents, love your gay children - By David Briggs, Associated Press writer
NEW YORK -- U.S. Catholic bishops are advising parents of gay children to put love and support for their sons and daughters before church doctrine that condemns homosexual activity.
October 8, 1997, Cardinal Ratzinger, judged that the statements on homosexuality made by Father Nugent and Sister Gramick, [cofounders of - New Ways Ministry] through the procedure of the Regulations for Doctrinal Examination, were in fact erroneous and dangerous.
June 1998, “Always Our Children” - revised by Cardinal Ratzinger -Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers, NCCB Committee on Marriage and Family, Third Printing, Revised, June 1998
July 1, 1998 – DignityUSA Washington, DC – DignityUSA is Disappointed and Saddened By US Catholic Bishops' Dilution of "Always Our Children" Message
"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson
1. Study All the Facts about Human Sexuality,
2. Talk with all parents of LGBTIQ children,
3. Talk with all LBGTIQ people and
4. Follow the words of Jesus - "A new command I give you:
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35
Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13
5. Isn't the above your job - Benedict XVI and of all the hierarchy, as well as, everyones?
Written by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Important note: I mean no disrespect to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids are being hurt!!!
Report: Sexual orientation not a factor in priest sex abuse -Philadelphia Gay News - Jen Colletta
Child Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin, November 2009 -Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child abuse against clerics of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Read complete report->Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin
Report: Homosexuality No Factor in Abusive Priests - By RACHEL ZOLL - ABC News – 2009
"Kid Are Being Hurt !!!"