Monsignor Clement Connolly, pastor of Holy Family parish in South Pasadena, gave a 19-minute sermon on Sunday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. Mass about the recent Vatican statement refusing to approve blessings for same-sex marriages:
“The language of the document is harsh, judgmental, and somewhat draconian….
“This document reinvigorates a past reference to say, persons who belong to the LGBTQ+ community are objectively disordered. Who among us would believe that God made a mistake? In the act of creation somehow God must have made a mistake. We have somebody who is objectively disordered. Don’t we believe that each person is a precious child of God?
“Because I’m heterosexual, attraction to a man is unnatural. But to a homosexual person it’s natural. Who am I to stand in judgement because of my orientation?…”
The above YouTube video posted on the parish website, was sent on March 23 by a California Catholic reader.
From a March 23 story on LifeSiteNews:
Paulist Father Gilbert Martinez, pastor of The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Los Angeles, said in his Sunday homily that it was “very, very sad” that the Vatican, in his words, told “lesbian people” that the Church “could not bless their weddings, their marriages.”
He said that love justifies whatever kind of sexual relationship someone may be in. He did not say if this applies to members of the North American Man/Boy Love Association who work to abolish age-of-consent laws criminalizing adult sexual involvement with minors in the name of love.
“What we try to do is to love everyone,” Fr. Martinez said. “We are struggling with that as well. But I think at the heart of all this — and I think that what the Scriptures tell us today, those images that you can really hold in your heart — that once you give love away, it becomes really love, whatever relationship you’re in.”