Friday, 1 March 2013

The Tablet tells the Catholic Church to surrender

This week's editorial in The Tablet (which claims to be an "international Catholic weekly", but which is actually the de facto house-journal of British dissent from Catholic teaching) urges the Catholic Church to surrender in the campaign against same-sex marriage, telling the Church to:
"make peace with the gay world and move on".
Using the well-worn dirty trick of counting the votes of nominally-Catholic MPs as Catholic votes, the editorial suggests - with zero evidence - that even raising the profile of the issue of same-sex marriage may have been counter-productive in generating opposition to it.

The Tablet tries to justify its position by saying:
"Technically yes, homosexuality is against the rules – but so is contraception; so is living together before marriage; so are lots of things people do together in private. As the late Archbishop Derek Worlock once said of contraception, these issues are “not the acid test of Christianity”."
As a Catholic, I suggest that The Tablet's editorial staff go on a remedial course in the Gospels, especially focusing on Our Lord's words in Mathew 5:18:
"For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven."
I also recommend they they reflect deeply on Matthew 18:17:
"If he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican."
Until then, as Fr Timothy Finigan has rightly put it:
"[The Tablet] has no place in any Catholic home, parish Church, or Cathedral. Tabula delenda est."
In that vein I recommend that readers support the recently-launched Facebook petition "Close the Tablet - Tabula delenda est!"

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