CATHOLIC PewPOINT for Monday-Tuesday, July 17-18, 2000
The Sequel: "The Frustration Factor Strikes Again!"
What triggered this series of sequels on "The Frustration Factor" was an incident that occurred last Monday night and the following morning. We will treat the former in this issue and the latter in the next installment. My bride Cyndi and I had turned on the Channel 8 weather out of habit about 11:20 p.m. and then I always catch the sports right after the weather before we turn in for the night. To our surprise following immediately after the weather on July 10th was an editorial by the CBS affiliate's high-profile news anchor Michael Tuck. He hadn't had many of his "Tuck's Perspectives" for awhile and we can remember looking at each other and commenting to each other what was this liberal, egotistical anchor going to pontificate on now. We should have known. He was pontificating on the Pontificate of Rome and not nicely.
Michael Cain, editor
As we alluded to in our first editorial on "The Frustration Factor" on Friday, Catholic-bashing has become the sport of so many in the media but Tuck went too far and we weren't going to take it lying down. So what did he say that was so inflammatory? In indented italics are his words, followed by our comments:
Well, sounds fair so far. But does Tuck realize that he also has voluntarily entered that arena by his criticism as do we with ours of him? One of the great tricks of the liberal media - the "false prophets" - is to call moral issues "public" issues. This whole thing harks back to the intimidation factors levied by the IRS recently over threats to take away non-profit tax exempt status from churches and organizations who promote or endorse a candidate or issues. What they fail to realize is Christ's words in Matthew 22:21 to the Pharisees, not unlike our government and media moguls today, "Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" When it comes to abortion, the sanctity of life, adultery and homosexuality those are no longer public issues but moral issues established by God on Mount Sion when He bequeathed the Ten Commandments to mankind through His prophet Moses. It is one of those moral issues that Tuck takes issue with.
"I've always regarded religion as a most intimately personal matter; yours alone, inviolate. Nor should the religious beliefs of any person or church ever be judged by an outsider. It's only when religious leaders voluntarily step into the public arena and try to influence public issues that effect all of us that their words invite both scrutiny and outside criticism. Pope John Paul II has voluntarily entered that arena."
"Over the weekend, 70,000 people took part in a gay pride parade in Rome. It was not unlike a parade we might see here in Hillcrest, or West Hollywood or the Castro. The clothing ranged from conservative business suits to sequins. The marchers ran the gamut from dock workers to drag queens, and the Pope was upset."
And well he should be. He is the only moral, sane voice left in a society devoid of values. Every Catholic and Christian alike should be equally upset how satan has so desensitized man's conscience and principles. Thirty years ago a gay parade would have aroused a total feeling of disgust as well as wierd, or as they have referred to themselves: queer. Today, they strive to legitimize their shameful sin, attacking those who strive to uphold God's moral order as "homophobes" who are automatically labeled by the liberal and pro-gay media as "bigots." To be a bigot one must hate the person. We, as Catholics are taught to love the sinner, but hate the sin. There is no bigotry in that, only compassion. Yet Tuck chose to go down this road.
"The parade, he [the Pope] told the crowd in St. Peter's Square, is 'an offense to Christian values.' Well, it didn't seem to offend the Christian values of the man who led the parade, who happened to be a Catholic priest, or any of the other priests who came from throughout Europe to take part. Nor were the values of millions of Protestant Christians offended, though some Protestants probably were. But clearly, the Pope did not speak for all Christians. There seem to be other contradictions here."
There seem to be a lot of contradictions in his logic. First of all, the "priest" who the gay organizers put at the forefront to lead the parade was a defrocked priest, not in good stead with Rome; nor, we doubt, were the other priests from Europe who openly took part. Secondly, the fact "millions of Protestants" were not offended speaks for the implosion of their values and the spiritual structures of their denomination. The sands of compromise. In all fairness to our separated brethren, I would think more Protestants than not were offended by the disgraceful flaunting that went on. Tuck did not bring up the fact, as we did in our last editorial, that the gay organizers scheduled Rome for "World Gay Pride Days" in order to embarrass the Church and target the one obstacle that is preventing the act of sodomy from gaining total acceptance in society today. Over nearly two thousand years the Church has not waivered from Our Lord's charge to despise the sin, but love the sinner. When a sinner flaunts those sins shamelessly, hating what he or she does is the natural reaction in the mind and heart of the moral person.
"The Church's Catechism says homosexuals should be treated with compassion and respect. But if you truly respect someone then how can your values then be offended, simply because that person has stood up in public and said they are proud of who they are. Most disturbing though was the Pope's explanation it was his duty 'to distinguish between good and evil.' Certainly the Pope would never wish harm to anybody, but harm comes to gays everyday. They are beaten, fired from jobs, and now the Pope no less uses the word 'evil' when talking about gays, the last thing any bigot ever needs to hear."
It is clearly evident that Tuck knows nothing about the Catechism of the Church nor Sacred Scripture, but has been living by the false prophets' mantra for too many years and knows the clever manipulating tools of key words that incite rioting, resentment and retaliation. In article 2357 of the Catechism, it reads "Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that 'homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.' They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved." The Holy Father, during his Sunday Angelus Address in which he spoke out, quoted from the Catechism, article 2358. "The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.
They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."
Tuck didn't include that part. That doesn't sound like His Holiness was inciting hate or insurrection among bigots, but cautioning all to treat them with respect as God's children made in His image and likeness. Because they are our neighbors, we must love them as God so deigns, but we are also commanded to strive with all our power to convert them to the truth, to save them from eternal damnation. Why? Because God said so!
"Millions of Protestants" may not accept the Catholic Church's Catechism, just as they refused the truths earlier in history. Therefore, we call on their fulcrum of faith, the Bible. Always remember that the Church and her traditions were solidly in place long before the "bible" was established. Also realize that the Catholic truths are based on the Word for the Protestants wouldn't have had the bible to interpret on their own and change so radically had it not been for the devoted monks and Fathers of the Church who passed Divine Revelation down from generation to generation. Genesis 19: 1-29 first deals with the depravity of sodomy and Lot who was accosted by the men of Sodom and the angel of the Lord struck them "...with blindness, from the least to the greatest..." In the times of Sodom and Gomorrah it was blindness, today it is AIDS. In Romans 1: 24-32, the Apostle Paul truly put the act of sodomy in perspective, outlining the punishments of the offenders, "Therefore God has given them up in the lustful desires of their heart to uncleanness, so that they dishonor their own bodies among themselves - they who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator Who is blessed forever, amen. For this cause God has given them up to shameful lusts; for their women have exchanged the natural use for that which is against nature, and in like manner the men also, having abandoned the natural use of the woman, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men doing shameless things and receiving in themselves the fitting recompense of their perversity. And as they have resolved against possessing the knowledge of God, God has given them up to a reprobate sense, so that they do what is not fitting, being filled with all iniquity, malice, immorality, avarice, wickedness; being full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity; being whisperers, detractors, hateful to God, irreverent, proud, haughty, plotters of evil; disobedient to parents, foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Although they have known the ordinance of God, they have not understood that those who practice such things are deserving of death. And not only do they do these things, but they applaud others doing them."
It wasn't the Pope who "coined" the word "evil" but God Himself when He banished lucifer forever to eternal damnation. The term "evil" was brought up by the Angel of the Lord in Genesis, by the prophets over and over, by Saint John the Baptist, by Jesus Himself, and by the Apostle Paul who, himself, was one time an evil man but saw the evil of his ways and repented, just as we pray all who practice sodomy will repent of their ways and return as the lost sheep to God's merciful arms. In Corinthians 6: 10, Paul reminds all, "Do not err; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor sodomites, nor drunkards, nor the evil-tongued, nor the greedy will possess the kingdom of God" whereas Jesus assures all that those who deny themselves and their vices, and take up their cross in faithfully following Him, will gain eternal life (cf. Matthew 16: 24). In 1 Timothy 1: 8-11, Paul reasserts, "But we know that the Law is good, if a man uses it rightly, knowing that the Law is not made for the just, but for the unjust and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for criminals and the defiled, for parricides and matricides, for murderers, for immoral people, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which has been committed to my trust." There is no pride in being proud of sin despised by God, and were homosexuals the only group the Pope spoke out on, Tuck might be able to raise the bigot banner, but the fact of the matter is the Holy Father and his predecessors have always spoken out against those who have no respect for the Law - from perjurers to murderers, from adulterers to sodomites, from abortionists to bigots. Definitely the Vicar of Christ is not stoking the fires of bigotry but striving to prevent those haughty, proud souls from burning forever in the fires of hell. That is a billion times more harmful than anything that could happen to gays "being harmed" as Tuck implies or for any other sinners for that matter. Therefore, as the rightful successor of Peter, it is the Pope's duty and ultimate responsibility to distinguish between good and evil for God knows the media and governments won't!
"The saddest irony here is the Vatican has now spoken out far more forcibly than it ever did during World War II about the deportation of Jews and homosexuals to concentration camps. Clearly, no person or institution is infallible. And so when the Pope says he feels compelled to speak out and tell the truth, those of us who see a different truth have the same responsibility. I'm Michael Tuck, and that's my perspective."
Can you say "media low-blow?" Rather than producing the facts, facts that Pope Pius XII went above and beyond the call of duty in protecting Jews from the horrible holocaust as documented by countless rabbis, Jewish, Catholic and secular historians, and by eyewitnesses, Tuck falls into that familiar trap of believing the lies of a bitter and deceiving Catholic who wrote "Hitler's Pope." The latter has become the bible for the media today and their ticket to bash the Church in anyway they can. It shows the total ignorance and superficiality of today's journalists who pass as so-called experts. They no longer dig for the truth but go on hearsay, lies and fabrications assuming if they're wrong they can print a retraction later in small print or plug it between commercials. You see, it takes too much time in research and follow-up to discover the truth when it is so much easier to go for the sensational. In so doing they always aim for the jugular since true journalistic ethics have gone the way of the dinosaur. The media today are carniverous wolves ripping apart lives and souls and will someday have to stand before the great Editor of salvation and explain to Him why they acted so irresponsibly. He will remind them of His charge in Luke 12: 48, "But of everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and of him to whom they have entrusted much, they will demand the more." He will also tweak their consciences, if they have one, with His words in Matthew 18: 6-7, "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of scandals! For it must needs be that scandals come, but woe to the man through whom scandal does come!"
The media and those who subscribe to their false doctrines are like the foundations Christ spoke of in Luke 8: 11-15, "Now the parable is this: the seed is the Word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the Word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience." Patience is not easy in the face of such fallacious editorials the ilk of Michael Tuck. If I did not have the Word, I wouldn't have a leg to stand on. But with the Word, we Catholics challenge Tuck to truly look into his words and see the errors of his ways. He'll see there is a big difference between "words" and "The Word." Had he truly done his homework before spouting off, he would have realized that indeed his words "no person or institution is infallible" are also in error for it is a Dogma of the Church that the Vicar of Christ, the successor of Peter, the Pope of Rome is indeed infallible in matters of faith and morals in speaking ex cathedra - from the Chair of Peter. The issue of homosexuality is definitely a matter of morals. Ergo the Pope is infallible when speaking out against homosexuality. To do anything less would be irresponsible and unforgiveable. In following our strong and respected Sovereign Pontiff, for us not to reply to Tuck's venom would be irresponsible and unforgiveable. Tuck's "different truth" is colored by the liberal and politically correct shades of the rainbow colors of the gays' forged flag. We stand by the red, white and blue of America whose symbol proudly proclaims that all men are created equal, with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With AIDS taking so many lives, with liberty being shackled by the consistent practice of sodomy and forcing our youth and others to accept this sinful lifestyle or suffer the slings and arrows of ridicule, the pursuit of happiness is greatly hindered. The invectives spewed by people in positions like Tuck's don't help but cause even more doubts and confusion in those striving to do the right thing. That is satan's modus operandi.
Speaking of ways of doing things, the second frustration I encountered was the next morning when I notified our diocese of this in hopes the Bishop or an appointed representative would demand an immediate rebuttal or equal time to speak the truth. What I found was more frustration as I'll explain in my next commentary. It's all part of The Sequel: "The Frustration Factor Strikes Again!"
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