The Australian Ordinary, Monsignor Harry Entwistle, has kindly sent us this month’s issue of “Australia-Wide”, which you can access by clicking on the banner heading below:
As always, the Australian Ordinariate’s newsletter is communicative, open and evangelistically dynamic. Full details of the clergy conference are made available and a clear direction is given by the Ordinary. This compares favourably with the restrictive communications policy in North America.
However, I must express my surprise and discomfort at the Editor’s decision to include an article on same-gender “marriage” which exceeds the bounds of good taste. Despite the disclaimer under Australia-Wide’s heading, the newsletter goes out with a quasi-official status and at least the tacit Imprimatur of the Ordinary.
I for one do not wish to read about “the reality of homosexual behaviour which … will repel and shock people” and about homosexuals who will “lose their soul and spend an eternity in hell” in an Ordinariate publication. It may surprise some people that the majority of homosexuals who seek to marry, wish to do so because they LOVE their partner and want to bear witness publicly to their commitment to the person they love, however “perverse” some of their sexual activities may be.
By the way, many of our Catholic heterosexuals are also involved in similar “perverse” activities, while a significant number of homosexuals are not, and the vast majority of our heterosexual youth is engaged in extra-marital sexual acts on a regular basis! So by all means point out what we believe licit and virtuous sexual behaviour to be – and I have regularly tried to do so in my religious education classes – and let’s leave the invective to the fundamentalist tub-thumpers.