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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Nov 02, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

OK, Bishop Ray Browne, I give up. What is the Christian position on abortion? On homosexual acts?

The Bishop of Kerry issued a public apology after a priest, celebrating Mass in his diocese, condemned abortion, said that homosexual acts are mortally sinful, and added that that the distribution of free contraceptives is “promoting promiscuity” and that it is “lunatic” to encourage children to question their sexual identity. “The views expressed do not represent the Christian position,” the bishop said.

They don’t? You may question whether Father Sean Sheehy delivered the message effectively. You may question whether he should have devoted a homily at Sunday Mass to such controversial topics. But the thoughts he expressed do reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. …

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