Matt C. Abbott
January 5, 2011
Homosexual unions, adoptions; False abuse allegations?; Contraception, abortion in Spain; Bishop Hubbard; 'Father Oprah'
By Matt C. Abbott

This particular column is going to be a mishmash of sorts, with several links to pertinent articles.

First, in light of the inroads made by the homosexual lobby in recent years, a flashback to 2003 and the Vatican document Considerations Regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, which asserts: "Allowing children to be adopted by persons living in such [homosexual] unions would actually mean doing violence to these children, in the sense that their condition of dependency would be used to place them in an environment that is not conducive to their full human development."

Click here to read why all Catholics should oppose homosexual unions and adoptions. (I can just see the homosexual activists and anti-Catholic bigots foaming at the mouth.)



Homosexual activists will almost always use the clergy abuse scandal to attack the moral authority of the Church, yet they refuse to acknowledge the significant role that homosexuality has played in the scandal. Click here to read Brian Clowes' excellent essay on the subject.

Also of note: One attorney has stated that many of the clergy abuse allegations in Los Angeles are likely fraudulent (click here for the story). Whether this is true or not is debatable (I hope it's not) — after all, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has been a cesspool for a long time — but I will tell you this: Making a false allegation of abuse is a grave injustice.

Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is filing for bankruptcy (click here for the story).

Weakland's demons, anyone?



From a Jan. 3 Catholic World News item (click here):

    Spain's abortion rate more than doubled from 1997 to 2007, despite a steep rise in the use of contraceptives, a new study shows. The authors of the study, puzzled by the results, conclude: 'The factors responsible for the increased rate of elective abortion need further investigation.' But the same phenomenon has been evident for years in the U.S. and other countries....

Imagine that.

Yet the abortion industry continues to repeat the lie that more contraception (an intrinsic evil) will lead to fewer abortions. Well, hey, when you kill babies in the womb, anything goes.



Also from a Jan. 3 Catholic World News item (click here):

    Bishop Howard Hubbard New York's new governor and lieutenant governor, Andrew Cuomo and Bob Duffy, attended Sunday Mass at Albany's cathedral, where Bishop Howard Hubbard preached that the work of government was an aspect of evangelization. Cuomo and Sandra Lee, described by the New York Daily News as his 'live-in girlfriend,' sat in the front pew.

    'We know they, over the next four years, will be deeply immersed in the work of evangelization by bringing about the transformation of our state and our society, and we assure them of our prayers, of our support and of our best wishes for challenges they will face,' Bishop Hubbard said. Both Cuomo and Duffy are Catholics who support legalized abortion; Cuomo received Holy Communion at the Mass.

Bishop Hubbard is no stranger to controversy; click here to see why.



Former Catholic priest Alberto Cutiť, once known as Father Oprah, has a new "tell-all" book on the market. Yippee.

Jimmy Akin has an excellent moral analysis of Cutiť's "situation" here, here and here.

Also, David Clohessy of SNAP says:

"A highly educated, allegedly celibate man who holds the revered title Catholic priest cannot ever have truly consensual sex with a congregant. Catholics have been raised since birth to believe priests are God's representatives on earth, can forgive our sins, can turn wafers and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Priests always hold an exalted position, and when they have any sexual involvement with parishioners, it is always wrong and hurtful.

"There is an inherent power imbalance between clergy and church members. It is much like a doctor-patient or therapist-client relationship, where any sexual contact is expressly forbidden. And for good reason: because it almost always results in devastation, with individuals and with congregations. It's the duty of church officials to help congregants understand this."

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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