The following comes from a mid-October email sent by a reader of Cal Catholic. It appeared recently on the website of Les Femmes – The Truth.
Father Leo Celano, a Norbertine priest from Orange County, CA, and long-time friend of Les Femmes, was asked to replace a vacationing pastor for four Sundays last summer. On the first weekend, July 25, Father gave the homily below at two Masses. “A few persons walked out,” he said. “Obviously they did not come to receive the Lord. And just as obviously, I did not come to tickle their ears…Some got their knickers knotted…including the Assistant who called me the following afternoon to request that I need not return for the next three weekends (arranged beforehand), saying among other things, ‘I can’t take the pressure.’:
“In those days, the Lord said: ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin is so grave, that I must go down and see…whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them….” The opening verse of today’s First Reading, is taken from the 18th Chapter of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament.
Are any two towns in the ancient world, both destroyed by an earthquake 3,900 years ago and now completely covered by the southern waters of the Dead Sea, better known than Sodom and Gomorrah? It’s doubtful. Each is mentioned time and again, not only in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament – in the Old Testament by the authors of Genesis and Deuteronomy, and the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zephaniah, and Amos; and in the New by Saints Peter, Paul, Jude, Matthew, and Mark.
What sin could be so grave as to cause such a great outcry throughout the centuries by so many historians, prophets, and saints? The sin, referred to in Sacred Scripture as an abomination, i.e. a thing disgusting and detestable, is the sin of sodomy. In Doubleday’s publication of the Modern Catholic Dictionary by Fr. John Hardon, S.J., sodomy is defined as an “unnatural sexual relation.” It goes on to say that “the term is derived from the biblical city of Sodom on the Dead Sea, destroyed with the city of Gomorrah because of the wickedness of the people, places of infamy, and sinful living. More particularly, sodomy is a homosexual act between male persons or between a human being and an animal.”
Generally speaking the consequences of sodomy and homosexuality go far beyond a private act. In a democratic society, how we view homosexuality influences, for better or worse, how we live our daily lives and vote as Catholics. Our views affect the present and future cultural, judicial, and political climates. They affect our values and how we vote on major social and moral issues. They affect our children and their public or private educational systems.
Another question we might ask this morning is, “What is more current in our daily newspapers or weekly periodicals or more heard of on daily talk shows or newscasts than so-called marriage between members of the same sex? We all know well what the secular and popular media parrot. Not only do they support and promote perversion, they also celebrate it….
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