After Comparing Gay Boy Scouts to Pedophiles, a Catholic Church in Keller Cuts Ties With Its Troop

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Most area churches have been relatively cautious in reacting to the recent vote by the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America to lift its century-old ban on gay scouts. First Baptist's Robert Jeffress rather predictably suggested that the move contradicts a scout's promise to be "morally straight," but the outcry here has been muted. Even local Southern Baptist leaders, unlike the national delegates who recently met in Houston for the denomination's annual meeting, declined to take a stand when contacted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

A notable exception is Monsignor James Hart, the priest in charge of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller. The Star-Telegram reported yesterday that he's decided to cut the church's longstanding sponsorship of Pack 32.

"[S]ame-sex orientation is not normal, it is not neutral, it is not good, and it is not the same as a boy's normal sexual orientation," Hart wrote in two-page letter to parishoners posted to the church's website. "Consequently, I, as the Pastor, cannot treat the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America and its potential impact upon the souls and lives of boys and the faithful, generally, as though it is a neutral matter or in compliance with the Church's teaching."

But adherence to Catholic doctrine and concern for children's eternal souls is only part of Hart's objective. He's also concerned for young boys' bodies.

[D]o you honestly expect me to believe that when the time comes in the life of the Boy Scouts of America that there are 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 year old boys put together in overnight situations, some of whom with a self-professed same-sex orientation and attraction, that nothing undesirable is going to happen? Would you have me run the risk, and use the souls of the boys involved, some of them likely your sons and grandsons, as part of the experiment? I cannot. I will not!

As proof that this will happen, Hart makes reference to the sexual abuse allegations and lawsuits that have rocked the Fort Worth Diocese in recent years.

Hart describes these cases as "violations against the moral law."

"These grave sins destroyed lives and caused many to lose their Faith," he writes. "In almost every instance, these sins against purity were perpetrated by young men who had a same-sex orientation. Also remember that all of these were men who had taken an oath of celibacy in the service of a higher good."

The fact that sexual abuse of a child is also a violation against criminal law, or that being gay and being a child molester aren't the same thing, apparently don't bear a mention.

And so, come January 1, 2014, Pack 32 will have to find a new home.

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43 comments
DeathBreath
DeathBreath

No, a more normalizing situation is for the Priest to bless the semen before swallowing it.  Yes, I would certainly look to the Roman Catholic Church for advice on sexual matters.  What a brilliant idea.

scottie1620
scottie1620

"Consequently, I, as the Pastor, cannot treat the recent decision of the Boy Scouts of America and its potential impact upon the souls and lives of boys and the faithful, generally, as though it is a neutral matter or in compliance with the Church's teaching."

This coming from a Monsignor in the Catholic Church that is best known for its priests raping young boys! How totally absurd. How typically hypocritical. The Catholic Church should be encouraging the Boy Scouts to bring in gay boys. It would make everything so much easier for those priests.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo God made Adam an' Eve, not Adam an' Steve.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

" In 1989 my wife and I interviewed with the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy, Illinois. He agreed to see us on recommendation of the faculty, and this interview led, in due time, to my being accepted into that diocese as a postulant. I stood physical, psychiatric, and canonical examinations and completed my M. Div. degree. On September 5, 1990, I was ordained to the diaconate in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, in the parish of St. Andrew’s. There, in Our Lord’s gracious providence, I had been called to serve."

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

He's just afraid all the choir boys will go scouting from now on.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

he just put a wet finger to the prevailing winds and thought to himself "cha ching, if every other pastor around is being a huge vagina, Ill take a moral stand, get pub and more parishioneers and hundies will hit the collection plate, daddy needs a new 100K RV."

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Jesus Christ, these guys sure do seem to spend an awful lot of time ruminating on the sexual proclivities of teenage boys.

James080
James080 topcommenter

The Pope of the Catholic Church recently referred to the "gay lobby" among the Cardinals in the Vatican. The hypocrisy of this Monsignor is breathtaking.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Did you really think you wouldn't see churches taking this stance.  Take all of this priest's idiotic babbling about pedophilia out of his reasoning and he still has a doctrinal obligation to sever ties with the Scouts.  It may be archaic, it may make absolutely no sense, it may even be at philosophical odds with other tenets of the faith, (ok, it IS all of those things), but he can certainly find biblical foundation for doing so.

This should have been expected. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

That beats all records for jumping, running, or standing hypocrisy.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

All snark aside, I find it interesting that Southern Baptist ministers are choosing not to severe ties with their scouting groups. They feel that it is their responsibility to minister and provide guidance to all boys, regardless of their orientation. (I heard this in interviews with several Southern Baptist ministers on the radio.)

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

He just doesn't want any competition for the choir boys.

Americano
Americano

This was the idea behind the push to change the Boy Scout's rules.  Create a schism between the Scouts and the Churches that sponsor them.   The lefties on this board should be thrilled by this.

lakewoodhobo
lakewoodhobo

You'd think the Catholic church would be falling all over themselves to embrace a pedophile.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

By those same standards shouldn't the Monsignor sever ties with the Vatican?

prtexas
prtexas

@scottie1620 :  You obviously did not read the article. You simply have an agenda on your mind. The pastor indicates that he does not want a repeat of what happened in the church several years back. That is why he does not want to risk having an organization as part of the church that allow homosexual behavior to  take place. Read the pastor's full letter on the church website and you will see the full facts not just the media talking points.

prtexas
prtexas

@scottie1620 :  You obviously did not read the article. You simply have an agenda on your mind. The pastor indicates that he does not want a repeat of what happened in the church several years back. That is why he does not want to risk having an organization as part of the church that allow homosexual behavior to  take place.

prtexas
prtexas

@scottie1620 :  You obviously did not read the article. You simply have an agenda on your mind. The pastor indicates that he does not want a repeat of what happened in the church several years back. That is why he does not want to risk having an organization as part of the church that allow homosexual behavior to  take place. Read the pastor's full letter on the church website and you will see the full facts not just the media talking points.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@JackJett god wont heal them because the majority of amputees are poor, and god could give fuck all about the poor.   Heaven is always described as everyone has a mansion, the streets are paved with gold, no sickness.  Kinda sounds like highland park doesnt it?  Newsflash - religion is a tool used to control and extract money from the weak underprivileged classes has been for thousands of years.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@paulpsycho78 Was a Gassy Alter Boy saying OUCH as he did that ?

JackJett
JackJett

@TheCredibleHulk it is true......that is why i prefer my homophobes more santorum style....he is simply fascinated with soldiers showering together.  this catholic stuff is just child's play.  

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@RTGolden1Will he also be asking all divorced remarried parishioners to abstain from attending mass?

JackJett
JackJett

@paulpsycho78 @JackJett   Does anyone know if the streets that are paved with gold...are gold bricks...OR solid gold?  One seems very slippery and the other rather cobblestonish.  I worry about the folks going to and fro their mansions as they might slip and fall YET not hurt themselves.  So it seems like a problem the amputees won't have to worry about anyway.  

Boy...did they get the short end of the stick.


Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

They can attend just not have wine n bread.

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