08 April 2015

Fear of Speaking the Truth

Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, head of the Catholic diocese of Metuchen, N.J., would not say whether he agrees with the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church pertaining to homosexuality and marriage as quoted directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis reminds us that we are to accept all of our brethren. We must ensure that our educators steer away from harsh and judgmental statements that can alienate and divide us."
But yesterday's Mass reading from the Acts of the Apostles said this,
On the day after Pentecost, Peter said to the Jewish people, "let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other Apostles, "What are we to do my brothers?" Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit...."
What does this mean, "they were cut to the heart?" In other translations it states they were "stricken" or "pierced in the heart." Regardless it sounds like Peter was pretty harsh in making that statement and pretty clear as to what they should do, "Repent!"

Why are so many of today's Bishops afraid to speak as their predecessors did?

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