A Montana bishop is weighing in on a Catholic foundation's choice to have a gay couple chair their diocesan school fundraiser.
Great Falls-Billings Bp. Michael Warfel spoke up about the blowback one of his priests, Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, has received when the priest denounced the foundation's showcasing of a same-sex couple for their school fundraiser. Father Erlenbush posted on Facebook, "What does a Catholic school have to do before people say enough and take their kids (and their money) elsewhere?"
Among his many-sided comments, Bp. Warfel acknowledged, "It boils down to the Church's teachings on homosexuality, on which he said there is not a lot of room for interpretation. 'We can't pick and choose which we like, which we don't like.'"
The bishop cited three paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which affirmed that homosexual people must "be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity" but under no circumstances can their actions — which are "acts of grave depravity" and are "contrary to the natural law" — be approved.
"Catholic teaching is pretty definitive," confirmed Bp. Warfel. "I base it off Scriptures." He added, "What becomes problematic is when a member of the Church in a prominent position is living a life contrary to what Catholic teaching is. 'It sets up questions about what Catholics believe, irrespective of whether the person is a nice person, a good person.'"
Watch the panel discuss the gay agenda being pushed through Catholic schools in The Download—LGBT Juggernaut.