An interesting article by a former Redemptorist

i recently came across this article, written in 2012 by an Australian theologian, David Timbs.  David is a former Redemptorist priest, and is one of the people who is coming to the conference I am hosting in Limerick in April for Church Reform leaders around the world.

Straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel

The recent spate of Vatican crack downs in various local churches is not going unnoticed anywhere across the Catholic world and beyond.

Marriage and the Bishops

Bishop Kevin Doran is one of the raft of new bishops that have been chosen by Charles Brown, the Papal Nuncio, with even less consultation than used to happen in the past. He was landed from Dublin into Elphin, and the one thing we can be sure of is that he was not the choice of the priests, or of whatever small number of lay people who may have been asked for their opinion.

Strange talk by Bishop Kevin Doran on Referendum

Comment:  I don’t know how this reads to anyone else, particularly to gay people, but to me it seems extraordinarily patronising, especially the questions and answers.

And what exactly does he mean by the last question and answer?  Strange, to say the least!

‘No obstacle’ to gays marrying, just not each other, says bishop

Yes side ‘not actually looking for marriage equality’ says Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran 

 The Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said: “Part of the challenge for us as a society, of course, is that we (and that includes many practising Catholics) have to a greater or lesser extent given up on the idea that sexual intercourse and an openness to procreation are essentially linked. That makes it more difficult to get our heads around why there might be any problem about changing the meaning of marriage.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish TimesThe Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said: “Part of the challenge for us as a society, of course, is that we (and that includes many practising Catholics) have to a greater or lesser extent given up on the idea that sexual intercourse and an openness to procreation are essentially linked.
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