Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: Reckless Transparency

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Sept. 11, 2020

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

In the old moral manuals, theologians discussed (discreetly in Latin) a continuum of sexual sins, presumably to avoid provoking impure interests. But with a culture that now demonizes chastity, we need those discomforting terms to return the fire with moral clarity. Hence, the transgressions range from impure thoughts, sexual fantasies, pornography, masturbation, mutual masturbation, fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, various forms of sodomy, oral sex, anal sex, sado-masochism, sexual relations with children, bestiality, and so on.

Gay-pride parades typically celebrate all of these sins. (The displays usually include NAMBLA activists, short for the North American Man-Boy Love Association.) Many of these sins—as the catechisms taught before the days of LGBTQ ministries—cry out to God for His vengeance. Some people (including, one safely guesses, some members of chancery clergy conduct review boards) habitually commit these sins under the seductive influence of a sex-saturated culture. At the moment, the culture only requires mutual consent for sexual acts, expecting young males with raging hormones to know (as the old ribald joke has it) the grammatical difference between: “Don’t! Stop!” and “Don’t stop.”  …

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