LOS ANGELES, September 21, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Holy Name of Mary parish in San Dimas in the archdiocese of Los Angeles is rolling out a new LGBTQ outreach program called No Barriers to Christ. The inaugural meeting, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the parish hall this Saturday, will feature a special presentation by the producer of the online video series LGBTQ Catholics on the Jesuit-run IN Network.
It's expected that No Barriers in Christ will not be promoting the perennial Catholic teaching on homosexual acts. Excerpts from the video Who are We to Judge — Gay Catholics show interviews of two prominent Jesuits: Fr. James Martin, editor for America magazine, and Fr. Matt Malone, president and editor-in-chief of America Media, the publisher of the magazine.
The video includes such commentary as the following:
The video series promotes the idea, contrary to Church teaching, that same-sex attracted people can be good Catholics while engaging in homosexual acts. The video attempts to justify this by maintaining that homosexuals are born that way, and since everyone is made in the image and likeness of God, the video claims, their actions are not sinful. Both the Jesuits of IN Network and the pastor of Holy Name of Mary parish, Fr. Rich Danyluk, maintain this position.
Father Danyluk wrote in last Sunday's parish bulletin:
The news is not that we are worse than we think, it is that we are better than we think, and better than we deserve to be. ... We are cast from a perfect die and the imprint is on us. Here are a few ways in which we accept ourselves in the moment just as we are: CHOOSE to stop negative messages; GROUND ourselves in the love of being a Beloved of God; STAY PRESENT to the moment and focus your attention on what is in front of you; UNCLUTTER, uncomplicate and simplify our lives. Stuff is a poor substitute for love; BE HONEST in all affairs; OFFER others and ourselves grace, forgiveness and mercy; NAME and embrace our basic goodness and the goodness in others.
In all the commentary, there is no obvious call for the acknowledgement of sin or the necessity of conversion. The Church teaches that although those who suffer from same-sex attraction should be treated with compassion, the attraction itself is "objectively disordered," and same-sex acts are "acts of grave depravity" and "intrinsically disordered." This language is conspicuously missing in Fr. Danyluk's commentary as well as in the "Catholic" video series.