Palacios’ Mutiny

[A] new corps of increasingly vocal Catholics is urging a “mutiny” against the hierarchy, in the words of one activist, particularly on gay marriage and related matters. For example, on Sept. 14, [Joseph] Palacios and other advocates launched Catholics for Equality, a group that aims to persuade believers in the “movable middle” to defy the bishops and support civil rights for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.

There’s one thing that’s wrong in the report: it isn’t mutiny against the hierarchy or even the Pope that’s being advocated by Palacios and others, it’s mutiny against Scripture.  They can imagine that it’s simply a cultural thing and that as such it’s adiaphora.  But the fact is, Scipture’s voice on the issue is quite clear.  Astonishingly clear.  Hence one can either heed and hear it or heed and hear society.  It’s a no brainer to me as an heir of the Reformation.  And I think it’s a no brainer for our Catholic cousins who are heirs to 1600 years of tradition.

They used to make mutineer sailors walk the plank.  Maybe that’s a worthwhile practice to reestablish.  I’m sure we can come up with a suitable theological equivalent.

3 thoughts on “Palacios’ Mutiny

  1. Timothy 1 Oct 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Indeed what you have said is very true. But these groups tend to flare up then go away once they realize that the next Pope will not abolish the Church’s 2000 year teaching on issues like this. That is not how the Catholic Church works. Anyways, aren’t there plenty of other groups out there they can join, like “Catholics” for a Free Choice or FutureChurch?


  2. Esteban Vázquez 2 Oct 2010 at 10:08 am

    Uh… yeah, if they’re not happy with Papist Moral Theology, they can simply pack their bags and establish their own conventicle — or else join the UCC or something. I mean, they’re obviously not interested in continuity with the Christian past extending back to Jesus and the Apostles (and, through them, to the true worship of the True God since the beginning of the world), so why would it matter to them to remain within the Papal communion, other than for fluffy sentimental reasons? If you believe in something, doggone it, own it and act accordingly!


    • Jim 2 Oct 2010 at 10:16 am

      right. own it.


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