Thursday, November 08, 2007

Father Euteneuer Responds to Jesuit Priest Who "Came Out" During a Mass

FRONT ROYAL, VA — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today published an “open letter” to Father Thomas J. Brennan, SJ, who declared that he was a homosexual during a student Mass, admitting that it was one of “the worst kept secrets” on campus.

Father Euteneuer’s response, “Homosexual Jesuit Needs Refresher Course in Priestly Love” was published in his weekly email newsletter, Spirit & Life, available Thursday after 3:00 PM EST on the HLI website (http://www.hli.org). The letter called for Brennan to apologize to his congregation.

Father Euteneuer said, “There is something just plain wrong about abusing people’s trust in the priesthood in such a public way, and since you chose to ‘go public’ with this matter, a public response to your outrageous ‘outing’ is merited.”

“First of all,” Father Euteneuer said, “Holy Mass is not a forum for your self-expression. You chose the sacred liturgy and the pulpit reserved for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the launching pad for your personal testament to homosexuality … You’ve read the same documents I’ve read about the liturgy, and none of them say the liturgy is your personal stage.”

He continued, “[Celibacy] is a form of Christian chastity to which you and I are called, and I trust that you are faithful to it. … A heterosexual celibate renounces his natural desire for wife and children in order to embrace the Bride of Christ in a direct spousal relationship. A homosexual celibate renounces an unholy desire for members of the same sex: that is a renunciation of a disorder, not the embrace of a Bride.

“When even a celibate priest chooses to go public about his homosexual identity as an expression of ‘diversity’ or ‘pride’, the faithful are rightfully confused and scandalized. Not only do you owe them an apology, you owe them a better example of priesthood. They deserve a priest who is clear about the Church’s doctrine about homosexual acts and who teaches it unambiguously. … If you do not clearly witness the Church’s teaching about your own vocation, how can you teach others to be faithful to theirs?”

4 comments:

Thos said...

Yikes! A healthy reminder (to me)that scandal in the church was not an isolated event of the 15th century, nor to the century preceding it.

Peace in Christ,
Thos.

Tim A. Troutman said...

All I can say is we're in serious spiritual warfare and the enemy's army has most of ours convinced that they don't even exist.

Bob MacDonald said...

A heterosexual celibate renounces his natural desire for wife and children in order to embrace the Bride of Christ in a direct spousal relationship. A homosexual celibate ....

I think your doctrine here is very confusing. And it is not at all how I read the Scripture or how I have related to Christ. I would have written:

A heterosexual celibate renounces his natural desire for wife and children in order to be embraced by Christ as representing the Bride of Christ in a direct spousal relationship. A homosexual celibate renounces his desire for exactly the same reason.

None can renounce such desire except by the Spirit through the cross by which we all of the body male and female alike of any orientation put to death unholy lust of any type.

You may delete this comment if you feel it is untenable on your blog. I just want you to know that others do not think this way.

Tim A. Troutman said...

Why would I delete it?

For the record, those were Father Euteneuer's words not mine. I don't think you two disagree on the core of the matter - just how to word it. Maybe I'm wrong though.