When do we discuss sin? - Catholic Courier

When do we discuss sin?

To the editor:

I have read several times Bishop Clark’s column “Rumors can be misleading” in the Courier in our parish bulletin dated Nov. 12/13, 2005.

I agree with what the Bishop stated, but I feel he did not go far enough. I believe there is a second half. For example, as a Catholic parent and grandparent, I wonder if the Bishop told the two gay priests that came out to him that homosexual acts are grave sins and must be confessed? Will they commit from the pulpit that gay marriages are sinful? What assurances will I have that they will counsel young people that homosexual acts are sinful?

There is a lot of compassion and affirmation in the Bishop’s article and rightly so. But with compassion and affirmation goes responsibility. If we fail to tell the other side, i.e the sinfulness of homosexual acts, then one starts thinking that they are normal and acceptable.

Unfortunately, we do not hear much about the need for confession in our dioceses.

Clayton J. Prevost

Dunmow Crescent


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