The New Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 15

John Becker of the Huffington Post writes:

Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like there’s a new story about anti-LGBT spiritual bullying from the Catholic Church coming out every single day?

It’s not just you, John. You’re definitely not the only bully in town.

Who is John Becker calling a bully? He should not call Archbishop John Meyers of Newark and Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco bullies for upholding the Church’s teaching on the sanctity of marriage and reminding Catholics of the guidelines for receiving holy communion. Here is an example of what I call bullying.

Thanks to President Obama’s repealing of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”:

Senior military officials have allowed personnel in favor of repeal to speak to media while those who have concerns have been ordered to be silent. Two airmen were publicly harassed in a Post Exchange food court as they were privately discussing their concerns about the impact of repeal. A chaplain was encouraged by military officials to resign his commission unless he could “get in line with the new policy,” demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint. Another chaplain was threatened with early retirement, and then reassigned to be more “closely supervised” because he had expressed concerns with the policy change, again demonstrating no tolerance for that chaplain’s religious viewpoint. (Read more)

Military chaplains who uphold Church teaching that marriage should only be between one man and one woman can no longer exercise authority over military chapels. No discussion. No dialogue. No tolerance.

The boundaries have all disappeared. A military chaplain can no longer preach about the sanctity of marriage, nor can a bishop in his own diocese, without being harassed for it. Now that’s what I call bullying.


  1. Once again we are asked to “tolerate” sin. You know, I am getting kind of tired of always being asked to do so! Thanks for sharing and God Bless, SR

    • You always hit the nail on the head, SR. The world has lost the sense of sin. What we need to pray for is not as much tolerance as it is understanding. Thanks and God bless!

  2. Someone smart once said tolerance breeds intolerance. To fully tolerate and accept immorality morality must have the boot heavily applied to its neck, and we’ll be seeing more and more of this as our society declines, accepting more immorality than upholds morality. And certainly the Church will be heavily persecuted, since she is moral, is truth, and is unchangeable in every age. But we both know from history, and Jesus’ promise, that it will also be the Church who will survive the day and witness yet another fall of a great society (if it comes to that). To tolerate anything, one has to side against something else. You can’t be pro life and tolerate abortion; pro marriage and tolerate its destruction; or pro Israel while tolerating radical Islamism in the world for that matter. Those are some of my thoughts anyway. God bless!

    • It is time to dive back into the Bible, to read and to pray. Death is the consequence of sin. A society that not only tolerates sin, but promotes it and encourages it, while persecuting those who denounce it has already lost it’s moral fibre. We are not there yet, but I fear the balance has moved beyond the tipping point.

  3. The forced deterioration of moral principles seems to be a constant pressure on ever facet of our society. The chaplains also must now, against their moral conscience, be willing and able to ministers to believers in Wicca who find this antithetical to their beliefs. The Air Force Academy had to offer Wicca services for those who might what to follow these cults. It is a sad thing to watch this war against Christianity unfold. It is almost as if Satan himself has been unleashed in an unprecedented way.

    • I think St Paul’s advice to Timothy applies here:

      “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths. But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill your ministry.” — 2 Timothy 4:3-5

  4. Yet another very sobering post.
    Just to clarify: what does it mean “to exercise authority in military chapels”? Does it mean permission to use them for services? to perform marriages?

    • The exercise of authority can depend on and refer to numerous things, such as the types of services a minister can preside over, they types of ministries he can exercise (baptism, marriage, celebration of the eucharist) during those services, or whether he can preach. If a minister were to disobey standard policy, any or all of those faculties to exercise his ministry could be restricted or revoked. There certainly are instances where revoking a minister’s authority to preach or celebrate sacraments would be perfectly justified. I don’t think preaching on sexual morality according to Catholic teaching ought to be considered one of them, but now they are saying that it is.

  5. I get so tired of the fact that the LGBT community will not accept anything less than complete and total agreement with same-sex “marriage”. It doesn’t matter how hard one tries to convince them that it is the lifestyle, not the person, that is opposed. The LGBT community will continue to pressure individuals, businesses, governments to silence anyone who disagrees. How hypocritical. As frustrating as things are, we can’t stop speaking out against Catholic moral teaching, Christian moral teaching, even at personal cost.

    • The greater problem is that the homosexual community has convinced just about everyone else that our society cannot accept anything short of same-sex “marriage,” and they have made sure that anyone who teaches otherwise will pay the price. As Christians, we have to resist them on this.

      They will not stop at legalizing same-sex “marriage.” Their next step will be to do away with notion of marriage (without the quotation marks). What just happened in France is already a step in that direction.

  6. Immorality is running rampant in society and anyone who speaks truth, becomes the enemy. Often those who speak the truth will have to stand alone, others around them are afraid to be in the spotlight.

    No wonder Jesus taught us, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1 John 2:16)

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