Lisa Fullam, prolific dissident

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The following excerpts from stories written by Lisa Fullam on the websites of Compassion & Choices, New Ways Ministries, and Commonweal magazine were emailed to Cal Catholic on May 26 by one of our readers.

As I wrote last week, Compassion & Choices welcomes the affirmation by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that religious objection is the foundation of their opposition to aid in dying. The bishops’ battle against the medical practice of aid in dying has been vigorous in the past, though cloaked in secular arguments about protecting the vulnerable or promotingpalliative care. The statement the USCCB adopted last week asserts “suffering accepted in love can bring us closer to the mystery of Christ’s sacrifice for the salvation of others.” It’s refreshing and important to see that theological rationale established at the forefront of political opposition to aid in dying.

Never would I intrude in another person’s expression of religious faith and belief. I have no desire to interfere with those who wish to emulate the Passion of Christ on their death bed. Thomas Lynch wrote eloquently about his mother embracing this framework for her suffering in his delightful book, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. His deeply respectful and loving description is enormously moving.

Tor read Fullam’s entire pro-euthansia column, click here.

….In this essay, I have offered a case for a Catholic affirmation of civil same-sex marriage. Magisterial opposition to same-sex marriage centers on the question of gay couples’ capacity for reproduction, which is read through the lens of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, according to which reproduction reveals a deeper truth about men and women. However, those insights lack scientific and experiential support, and are far from universally acknowledged. Reproductive capacity is not absolutely required even for marriage within the Church, nor has it been required of civil marriages by the Church.

The goods of marriage are many and varied, but, except for the category of possible reproduction with one’s spouse, same-sex couples are able to participate in them equally with straight couples. Moreover, given what we know about sexual orientation, a ban on marriage for gay and lesbian people would seem, according to Church teaching, to abridge a fundamental human right, and so constitute an attack on their human dignity. Beyond that, many gay and lesbian couples calling for the right to marry are recalling to our culture the social and cultural importance of marriage. Rather than living quietly in a legally unrecognized state, gay and lesbian couples asking for marriage affirm the dignity of the institution. Finally, to reject the most intimate relationships of LGBT people as dangerous to the civil polity stokes savage homophobia, which the Church opposes.

As Christians, we are called by Jesus to one fundamental task in life—to love God and others as well as we can. For most of us, the call to love is answered principally, though not exclusively, in the context of our most intimate relationships, those uniting spouses and those of parents and children. As Catholic Christians, we embrace a moral tradition that addresses social policy in light of the common good, a reasoned assessment of the rights and duties incumbent upon us in order that we may participate in the flourishing of society. Marriage is a key institution, with an array of social goods that include, but are not limited to, procreation. We can all share in those wider, socially critical benefits of marriage, gay and straight, parents and the childless alike. Why would Christians deny to any of our brothers and sisters, at least in the realm of our civil life together, the opportunity for the blending and sharing of life toward, we hope, the “mutual perfection” that Pius XI said was the wider purpose of marriage? Love requires no less than our support of love.

To read the entire essay, click here.

The following comes from a May 22 posting on the blog site of Commonweal magazine.

….Francis DeBernardo at the New Ways Ministry blog agrees that it’s time for LGBT people to be truly welcomed by the Church, not as “a special category of sinners, but, because they are, like most people, average, garden-variety sinners.” He notes:

for the past two years we have been witnessing dismissals of LGBT people from church employment, a total devaluing of their gifts and personhood.  Yes, this type of welcome is urgently needed, not just for a positive message, but to correct the terribly negative message that firings have sent.

It’s important, too, that LGBT people’s spiritual gifts are also acknowledged and affirmed. The particular journeys that LGBT people go on to accept, affirm, and announce their identities to others often results in incredible spiritual gifts that are not as readily attained by others.  For instance, their journeys often provide them with a strong sense about telling the truth, a deep reservoir of courage to  stand up to fear and rejection, a profound sense of God’s love, and a new respect for the primacy of their consciences. Amazing gifts that they can offer to the rest of the church!

Amen. I’d add also that listening to LGBT people might include being open to the possibility that language like “grave depravity,” “intrinsic disorder,” “objective disorder” and the like is in need of revision and rejection. It seems to be utterly unjust to apply such harsh and hurtful language to two women who love each other deeply and share also a profound commitment to service of the poor. They set a standard for love of neighbor that all of us–gay, straight, or whatever–would do well to emulate.

To read the entire Commonweal piece, click here.

 

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  1. Michael McDermott says:

    “…John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, according to which reproduction reveals a deeper truth about men and women. However, those insights lack scientific and experiential support…”

    Actually – the Fact that All Reproduction is Heterosexual has both Scientific & Experiential foundation, Turkey Baster Creationist dogma notwithstanding. Anyone doubting the need for acknowledging such facts should check out the Donor Sibling Registry http://www.donorsiblingregistry.com – and see what these Children Denied Both Parents know from Experience – that they Do Have Just One Mother and One Father.

    Meanwhile – The 900 lb Mozilla Gaystapo Gorilla Strikes Again, and Again… Thank Goodness I am already on the Gaystapo Stalker / Retaliation list for supporting CA Proposition 8, as the suspense of who will be ‘outed’ for recognizing the Scientific Fact that All Procreation is Heterosexual – and Children have Only Two Parents (Mother = XX & Father = XY) would be agonizing – as the Gaystapo intends it to be.

    SEE “The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices found that the National Organization for Marriage violated campaign finance laws by failing to properly register as a ballot question committee and file financial reports in the 2009 referendum that struck down gay marriage. Same-sex unions were legalized by voters in 2012.

    The commission also ruled that the organization must file a campaign finance report, which would force it to disclose the names of its donors. The National Organization for Marriage has fought for years to keep its donor list secret, saying doing so would put its contributors at risk for harassment and intimidation.

    http://news.yahoo.com/maine-fines-national-anti-gay-marriage-group-172644164.html

  2. juergensen says:

    “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ETERNAL FIRE” (Jude 1:7)

  3. Michael says:

    I am against “gay marriage” based on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle. It’s just not possible if one believes in Natural Law. I also think the loudest voices pushing for “gay marriage and gay rights” are irreligious and will destroy religion to get what they want. That said, the argument the church uses about reproduction cannot be upheld, because most Catholic couples use birth control which thwarts the reproductive process while their pastors and bishops turn a blind eye.

  4. mrpkguy says:

    Come on! You dissent from the teachings of the Catholic Church? There are no two ways about it. You may have been baptized a Catholic but now you are a
    Protest – ant. Doesn’t the “protest” part come through at all? Luther may have continued to call himself a Catholic accepting those articles with which he had no problem with, but was he? Sorry, you can’t have it both ways!

  5. Steve Phoenix says:

    Dr Lisa Fullam: “I’d add also that listening to LGBT people might include being open to the possibility that language like “grave depravity,” “intrinsic disorder,” “objective disorder” and the like is in need of revision and rejection. It seems to be utterly unjust to apply such harsh and hurtful language…” (Dr Fullam is citing/criticizing exact language (in part) from the Catechism of the Catholic Faith.)

    “First is victimization, then discrimination, next intimidation, then coercion,…” (c/o Ronnie 5/22/14) And soon the 5th step : criminalization of those who do not acquiesce to the agenda.

    Dr. Anthony Daniels (hat-tip Michael McD 5/22/14): the purpose of “propaganda is not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponds to reality the better.”

    All for the cause, Comrades.

  6. New Ways Ministry has been condemned.
    It is not Catholic, and does not adhere to Church teaching as contained in the ”
    “Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition”.

  7. Us Bishops Reaffirm: New Ways Ministry Not A Catholic Organization
    http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=112167

  8. John Feeney says:

    How much longer Lord? How much longer?

  9. The term American used to mean just that, American. The term Marriage used to mean just that, Marriage. Modern day progressives are the ones adding adjectives to both of those nouns. 🙁

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      An interesting letter was received by a colleague from Bishop McGraw regarding Dr Fullam; I quote: “Professor F. is a faculty member of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley has not to my knowledge acted in any way that is contrary to the kind of dialogue theologians have been entering into since the birth of Christianity. Indeed, Pope Francis has called us to honest dialogue that is not stymied by authority that is afraid to enter into discussion of the various ways that the one truth is perceived.”

      All Ok with Bp. PJ!

  10. juergensen says:

    This is what our future will look like unless we stop the Gay Mafia from taking over:

    http://tinyurl.com/sodomitecakes

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Juergensen you caught me !!

      The gay agenda is to force every sodomitecakemaker to make sodomitecakes every day of every week. Yes, finally you have figured us all out. THIS is the GAY AGENDA!!!!

  11. Don Guillermo says:

    As regards sodomy and same-sex pseudo-marriage, Professor Fullam and other would-be normalizers of unnatural sex miss what is most obvious: THE PARTS DON’T FIT.

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