Excerpts of the Catholic leader’s new book were published Dec. 3. One writer pulled a quote:
Speaking of homosexual attractions, the pope said, “It’s not just an expression of an affection. In consecrated and priestly life, there’s no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the Church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life. The ministry or consecrated life is not his place.”
So it appears that Francis has positioned himself against men with same-sex attraction entering or remaining in the Catholic priesthood.
“Throughout people’s lives, God calls them to Him. He uses good and bad situations and people’s weaknesses and strengths to bring them by life’s end to the realization that He should be the most important person to them. God is not an egotist, but His importance in people’s lives determines whether or not they become who He wants them to be.”
—S. Kughn, Heart Tree for Empty Nesters, pp. 26-27.
Using Jn 6.44 as his text, Ed Mathews wrapped up today’s devotional with this paragraph,
Why do people turn away? Matthew 23:37. They have so much to gain! They have nothing to lose! Their problem is threefold. (1) They evaluate Jesus in human terms. How could a carpenter be the Christ? (2) They argue among themselves. Are their opinions greater than the words of God? And (3) they resist divine kindness. Why do the lost reject the Savior? The decision is up to us, Jeremiah 31:3. He has already taken the first step. Now it is our turn.
The second point notes a great problem. Opinions take the place of revelation. We want to talk instead of listening. We preferring collecting, weighing and sifting rather than accepting and submitting.
Focus question: How can I make the word of God central to my understanding of Christ and to my faith?
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