|Run! The queers are coming!|
Attack the gays.
In a snippy letter to the editor, a Catholic Allentown pastor has taken aim, not at any of Allentown's real problems, but those damn queers. Andrew Baker, a Bishop wannabe housed in comfort at Allentown's Cathedral, calls same sex benefits a "potential harm to the common good" and likens them to extending maternity benefits to men.
Gays, incidentally, are manufactured in Greece by Satan and then shipped all over the world.
Baker has condemned the gay menace before. In 2002, while doing a stint at the Vatican with all the other Bishop wannabes, the obscene wealth did not trouble him a bit. But he sure was bothered by gay priests. In an essay, Baker called homosexuality a "disorder" and worried that gay priests could ruin the good gig priests have at places like St. Catharine of Siena, where rich people can pretend they're just like Jesus Christ. Except cleaner.
I'd be a little more worried about pedophiles.
If you google Baker, you'll learn that he's very concerned about gays and "religious freedom." But not much about poverty, illness, homelessness, violence.
Make that man a Cardinal!
Baker does not speak for the Church. Nor does Vic Mazziotti, a Lehigh County Commissioner who hid behind Baker's robes to justify a vote denying same sex benefits in that County.
Pope Francis, who does speak for the Church, has just released his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. He thinks the Church should focus on the poor, not the gay menace. In fact, he condemns the "wafer wars" threatened by misguided clergymen against those who refuse to follow a message of intolerance. "The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak." The Pope wants the Church to be more inclusive, not less.
Allentown's poverty problem should bother the Pope a lot more than queers. I'd love to see Baker and all the other Monsignors and auxiliary Bishops come out of their cathedral and actually help people, instead of advising some rich guy after Mass that he's right to hate gay people. .
The Pope's message does not specifically address the gay question. That itself is a signal. The Church needs to be more focused on helping people than deciding who is worthy of Holy Communion.