Matt C. Abbott
Tequila, dissent, and Vatican III; 'Give Cures' campaign
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By Matt C. Abbott
October 16, 2012

A reader wrote (edited):
    Friday, I spent eight hours with a former priest who was booted for doing something nasty with an adolescent years ago. (Why? Recall that even Jesus ate with sinners.) He's in close touch with the remaining priests in the scandal-ridden [redacted] diocese. Over some tequila, he revealed that he thinks the Church is wrong on not ordaining women, on not ordaining married men, and used flawed logic in banning contraception.

    The First Vatican Council was about the papacy. Vatican II was about bishops and priests. Vatican III should be about the laity. Let's get that ball rolling! [seemingly tongue-in-cheek]
It certainly doesn't surprise me that this troubled ex-priest with whom the reader was socializing is a liberal dissenter. As one faithful priest recently stated to me: "Where there is dissent, there are problems below the waist."

Or, to put it another way: Wherever there is a disordered spirituality, there is a disordered sexuality.

And speaking of Vatican III...

Former media mogul Conrad Black has penned an "ode" to Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, in which he writes:
    It was 90 years between the first and second Vatican councils, and when the third one occurs, there will be some accommodation of the reality of contraception (which is not generally considered a confessable infraction anyway), and probably wider eligibility for the priesthood....
So Black believes the use of contraception isn't "generally considered a confessable infraction anyway"? Really? Considered by whom? I think he needs to buy a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and quickly.

From the Catechism (section 2370):
    Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, 'every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible' is intrinsically evil:

      Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality.... The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle ... involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.
That which is intrinsically evil — in this case, the use of contraception — is definitely something a Catholic needs to bring to confession. Perhaps Black has been led astray by the very poor post-Vatican II catechesis that is so pervasive in the Church today, thanks in large part to dissident clergy, religious and laity. Or maybe he just doesn't give a hoot one way or another.

Kind of like Vice President Joe Biden.



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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 also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on HLN, MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2019 ‘Unsolved’ podcast about the unsolved murder of Father Alfred Kunz, Alex Shuman's 'Smoke Screen: Fake Priest' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wisconsin. He’s been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. He’s mentioned in the 2020 Report on the Holy See's Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017), which can be found on the Vatican's website. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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