America magazine continues its apparent campaign to subvert Catholic teaching on homosexuality (for prior instances, see our New Oxford Notes section for Nov. 1999 and Sept. 2000).
In America (Sept. 30, 2000), Eileen P. Flynn, a professor of theology at St. Peters College in Jersey City, N.J., rejects the Magisteriums scriptural teaching against homosexuality out of hand, says that the Church might need to revise its teaching on homosexual acts, and calls for dialogue with proponents of what she calls the gay agenda.
Flynn is troubled by Catholic morality, which evaluates actions based on the object of the act (that which is done) rather than a broader context that includes intention, circumstances and consequences i.e., she favors the situation ethics minted by liberal Protestants long ago. She also says that scientists still do not know the root causes of homosexuality and therefore Church teaching should be tentative. Consequently, gays and lesbians should be able to speak openly and freely to Church leaders, who need to listen and learn.
Flynn, it goes without saying, opposes homophobia. She tells about a gay rights march where a bullhorn-wielding man yelled at the marchers, Sick! Sick! Sick! She also refers to the depth of homophobic malice that can be harbored in the soul presumably that man with the bullhorn would be an example. Curiously, however, Flynn doesnt call for dialogue with homophobes. Why not?
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