A letter to the editor of April 11 is an insult to the Catholic hierarchy and to the priesthood.
Not the Catholic hierarchy, but the Catholic church teachings, going back to Genesis (the Judaic foundation for Catholicism), supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman. First, in Genesis, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, including "Thou shalt not commit adultery." The use of reproductive organs outside of marriage between a man and a woman or illicitly inside a marriage (e.g. use of contraceptives) is always mortally sinful. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah underlines that position. The church's teachings are no different for individuals attracted to the same sex than for a man and a woman - sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is morally wrong.
Secondly, at the wedding feast at Canna, Christ made marriage a sacrament. Violating a sacrament is sacrilege - also mortally sinful.
The fact that religious and laypeople violate these mandates does not change the church teaching. That's why we have the sacrament of penance. All humans make mistakes and sin. If you are truly sorry, God forgives. God knows what is in your heart.
Priests, bishops, cardinals, and the pope have an obligation to teach the truths (unchangeable). When they do not, they violate the sacrament of ordination and will have to answer to God. They cannot change the teachings of the church.
Will we lose our religious freedom as the letter seems to indicate we should? On his deathbed, Cardinal George of Chicago said, "I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a marty." He believed we will lose our religious freedom. If we don't pray and do penance, we may.
Catholics remember the battle of Lepanto.
Illeen Reninger. Front Royal