Matt C. Abbott
My big announcement!; Handling accused priests; Child euthanasia in Belgium
By Matt C. Abbott
February 17, 2014

In light of NFL prospect Michael Sam recently announcing that he's gay – and actress Ellen Page recently announcing that she's gay – I figure it's time to make my big announcement.

Are you ready?

Wait for it...

Here it goes...

I'm a sinner! (Waiting for wild applause to diminish.)

And I'm straight! (More wild applause.)

So, all in all, that makes me a ... non-gay sinner! (Cacophonous yelling and cheering.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you! (Cheering and applause finally diminish after several minutes; tears in my eyes.)

Whew. I'm so glad I finally got that off my chest! I, like Ellen Page, am tired of lying by omission.

And for those of you who may be saying, "Hey, moron – why should we care?!"

I say to you ... to paraphrase Pope Francis ... who are you to judge?

So there.

And regarding the relatively recent rash (ahem) of celebrities "coming out of the closet," Catholic social critic Michael Davidson wrote in an email:
    Given that 'coming out of the closet' is met with fawning media coverage, treacly congratulatory tweets from celebrities, and even phone calls (or statements of support) from President Obama, I'm having a difficult time viewing 'coming out' as brave.

    The obnoxious, narcissistic compulsion among many homosexuals to publicly discuss what they like to do with their genitals is as unnecessarily self-revelatory as public disclosure about one's bathroom habits.

    The real reason people come out of the closet publicly is to promote the false notion that there are far more homosexuals than people realize, and to claim victim status, which is then used as a trump card to demand public endorsement of their sexual lifestyle.

    A study published in 2011 by The National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates a significantly smaller number of 'gays, lesbians and homosexuals' than is usually claimed in the media. The study shows only 1.4 percent of the population identifying with same-sex orientation.

    Even sources that are 'gay-friendly' now admit that the one-in-ten-people-are-gay myth is just that: a myth.

    According to a report released by the Williams Institute, a think-tank devoted to LGBT research at UCLA, approximately nine million Americans (or nearly four percent of the total population) say they identify as 'lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.' Bisexuals comprise a little more than half of that group, 1.8 percent of the total U.S. population, and those who identify as bisexuals are much more likely to be women.

    Given that such a tiny sliver of the population is sexually attracted to people of the same sex, one wonders why discussion of homosexuality and the presentation of homosexuals in the news media and various entertainment media outlets is so disproportionate to demographic realities.

Another excellent piece by Phil Lawler of Catholic World News (excerpted; click here to read his commentary in its entirety):
    ...In Minnesota this week, a judge demanded that the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese turn over a full list of all priests accused of abuse, whether or not the accusations were credible. So if some malicious and/or misguided man lodged a complaint against a priest he didn't like, and that complaint was readily identified as spurious, the priest's name would still go down on the list demanded by the court. Unwarranted suspicions would be directed at an innocent man....

    Meanwhile, about 700 miles from St. Paul, in North Platte, Nebraska, two employees of a government housing authority have been fired for disclosing that an applicant for housing had been accused of molesting a child. Since 75 percent of the tenants are single parents with children – who would be prime targets for a predator – the former employees thought that they should give some warning about a potential neighbor with an active warrant for sexual abuse. They were wrong. By disclosing that information they violated a federal law, and so they lost their jobs.

    So it's a federal violation to disclose that an applicant for housing might be a menace to his neighbors. Yet in Minnesota it is now a requirement, as interpreted by one judge, that the archdiocese must report even false accusations, and name the priests who were falsely accused. If you don't see a clear inequity here, then...

A sad development in Belgium...

From a Feb. 13 story at
    Belgium has become the first country in the world to approve euthanasia for children of all ages after the country's parliamentarians passed the controversial bill today in a vote of 86 to 44, with 12 MPs abstaining....

    The bill was first introduced in December 2012. The law extends to those under the age of 18 who request euthanasia with parental consent. It also applies to younger children requesting euthanasia after a doctor has certified that the child fully understands the implications of the decision....
Julie Grimstad, executive director of Life is Worth Living, Inc., and chair of Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance, wrote in an email:
    Many have expressed concern about the abuse of Belgium's euthanasia law, which is slated to be extended to children. However, intentionally killing any person is the greatest abuse – a crime against humanity. My concern is that a society which kills its disabled [persons] and sick children will inevitably descend into total barbarity.
Regarding euthanasia, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches (paragraphs 2277 and 2324):

Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.
    Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator. The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded.
Intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.

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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 MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at

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