But that's not my point. We know our bishops are either clueless or cowardly or complicit in all kinds of garbage. So this is to be expected: that Cardinal Dolan does not even see that the promotion of "gay identity" is promotion of a "gay agenda". Any idiot knows that. This has not been an argument against "gays" marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade, as they have done covertly for years. It's not an argument about the question of loving the sinner but hating the sin. It's an argument about civic life in the public square and the forced celebration of sin, which is what the gay pride banners are pushing, as anybody but a bishop can easily understand.
But my point is not that. My point is this. What really gets on my nerves is how he opens his vacuous and rather condescending defense ...
I haven’t been in this much hot water since I made the comment, right after I arrived as your archbishop five-and-a-half years ago, that Stan Musial—my boyhood hero of my hometown St. Louis Cardinals—was a much better ballplayer than Joe DiMaggio!Now I’m getting as much fiery mail and public criticism over my decision to accept the honor of Grand Marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. According to the critics, I should have refused, due to the Parade Committee’s decision to allow a group of self-identified Gays of Irish ancestry to march in the parade with their own banner.As with Stan Musial, I’ll stand by my decision.
As I said to a group of friends on Facebook (excuse my expletive) ...
I hate that kind of "suburban parish make light of the situation" bull crap. This is not about baseball, your grace. Don't try to get everybody chuckling when you've made this problem by ignoring a very serious issue - the sin of sodomy is serious, the turmoil in the souls of "gay" men trying to live chastely is serious, the witness you're giving by either marching or not marching in the parade is serious. Cut the banal bullshit.
But, alas. Such is the level of ecclesiastical administration these days.
If you think about it, Cardinal Dolan is probably neither naive nor foolish. He's just a politician, doing what politicians do, cowering and caving in to pressure. He simply adds to that the annoying clerical dose of condescension and moral superiority. But at least some of our bishops have risen above mere politics. St. Paul, for instance. "Am I trying to please men or God? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." (Gal. 1:10)
I follow this up with An Open Letter to Cardinal Dolan as well as a post that's bound to bother some people. And one that goes into more detail on the theology and psychology of this issue. And one about what it means to march under a banner in a parade. Crazy times where to defend the normal requires a dash of foolhardiness and heroic virtue.