The ever-intrepid reporters at 365gay.com (usual disclaimers about provocative content on the site) said yesterday, on the birthday of John Henry Cardinal Newman, "His greatest accomplishment was the Apologia pro Vita Sua which contains numerous homoerotic references."
Sadly shaking my head, I wrote to the friend who sent me the link, "Trust 365 to put such a spin on the significance of JHN's life." His reply:
I don't know about "significance," but it is their mandate to point out who in history was playing for the team, or at least suspected of doing so.
But c'mon. "Playing for the team"? Newman is this close to getting beatified by his beloved Catholic Church and in 1991 was declared Venerable, one condition of which is that he lived a life "heroic in virtue." Does anyone seriously think that a man for whom there was credible evidence of homosexual activity after he became a Catholic priest would be found heroically virtuous by JP2's or B16's inquisitors during these the Second Dark Ages?
Face it, mate, Newman wasn't even cheering for the team from the sidelines. Here are Newman's voluminous works. Show us the gay pompoms. Without pulling a John Boswell.
The whole business of looking for who's playing on the gay team is a pathetic exercise in self-justification. (I know the game well, having played it myself until I got thoroughly bored with it, which happened long before I gave up on gay ideology as a whole.)
So is manipulating the state and the body politic into recognizing "gay marriage"--one shameful artifact of which is the breaking news, announced yesterday by the intrepid reporters at 365gay.com (say, isn't there usually an embargo on these things?) and now confirmed, that Brent Hawkes of Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto would be invested into the Order of Canada today.
It won't wash. We are not justified by the state's stamp of approval on our sexual practices. We are not justified by eminent persons' having felt or acted upon sexual desires similar to our own. We are justified by the Holy Sacrifice of Christ's Precious Blood.
Lord have mercy.