"We get the government we deserve."
Perhaps the gay scene -- and the government's near-blessing -- is what we
deserve, too. It all started when we forgot the real issue here is
Where were the chaste singles, the chaste couples, the chaste homosexuals
when gays began organizing one of the best-funded, best-lawyered, most-feared
lobbies in Washington? Where were we when the first assaults on morality
WE were in the closet.
People have never been perfect. Societies and religions have tried to make
people better through shame, guilt, laws and mothers-in-law. But, basically,
we all agreed the Ten Commandments were good rules to live by.
Then three things happened: Freud, the "Pill" and television.
Freud said that guilt was bad. He added that sin was basically guilt. So,
hey, let it all hang out and free up your ego -- or id or whatever!
The birth-control pill allowed Freud to get away with his theory.
Finally, television was invented to whet our sexual appetites. TV started
out OK. There were Buffalo Bob, Uncle Miltie and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen,
the three superstars of early-day programming. Even the talk shows were pretty
good. Phil Donahue had senators and preachers and writers addressing stately
issues. But sex is what really sells. So the issues and the shows got
raunchier. Today, the whole scene is a sludge pot.
But WE are still watching.
People over 50 can remember the first skirmish in the coming morals wars.
It was a movie called "The Moon is Blue" with David Niven. It was VERY risqué
for 1953. It was about a young woman who flaunts her virginity; now there's an
unlikely heroine! But the topic was a bombshell in the pristine '50s. People
didn't talk about private parts in public. Period. Now what would have
happened if we had stood our ground then? Government-funded art would not have
included crosses dipped in urine; "normal" parents could have objected to sex
education in the classroom; most of MTV would have been kept off the air;
abortion would have caused a Supreme Court lynching; gay marriages would have
been called science fiction.
But WE were in the closet: When divorce laws changed, allowing men and
women to abandon their children. When women were encouraged to enter the
work-force and leave their young children in day care.
When it became acceptable to live with someone not your marriage
When it became trendy for single teen-agers to have babies.
When first the law and then casual behavior endorsed aborting babies.
When serial marriages and bed-swapping created "blended families."
When surrogate mothering, turkey-baster babies and petrie-dish conception
When parents failed to revolt over condom education.
When consumers supported products that paid for porny soap operas, smutty
music videos, raunchy rap songs and government-funded porno art.
Where were we? "We were right here thinking bad things about this stuff,"
you say, "but what could we do?"
Now that's an interesting question because people in the '40s and '50s knew
what to do. Fathers and mothers of the "Leave It to Beaver" school believed
that God Himself had entrusted them with the care of their children. They were
not afraid to visit God's wrath upon them when the time was right, and the
time was right when kids broke God's commandments.
In matters of chastity, girls were whisked off to their maiden aunts if
they broke the Sixth. "Nice girls" didn't do it. "Nice boys" didn't press them
to do it. Girls waited for their wedding nights, and boys wanted girls who
waited. Young men and women got married to have families, not to pool their
money for a better living-room set. When children came along, they became the
No. 1 priority. Laws and business practices reflected this priority. The
argument for gay-partner medical benefits, for example, would have been
perceived as ridiculous, since gays don't have -- or shouldn't have --
If this "Leave It to Beaver" world sounds uptight to you, then you are part
of the problem. If there are no limits on "ordinary" heterosexual folks, there
can be no limits on anybody, not in a democracy. If we don't expect chastity
of ourselves, we can't expect chastity of homosexuals. If we do, it's unfair
-- as gays so militantly point out. If we don't live according to the Ten
Commandments, then no one will. And the sky's the limit for "alternate
lifestyles" -- as we're only just beginning to find out.
The referendum to prevent Santa Clara County from recognizing gay marriage
is another Waterloo. If we lose here, we step ever lower into the Slough of
Despond. Maybe the war isn't winnable; people have gotten used to depravity.
We're like the parents who are against abortion but don't want to see it
outlawed -- just in case their daughter gets caught!
But we can't have it both ways. Either we get out of the closet and insist
on a moral society for everyone -- or we stop wishing that gays alone comply.
The buck -- and the gay scene -- stop here.
HIGH-RANKING PRIEST BACKS PRO-ABORTION CANDIDATE
"The most spiritual man'" in the San Jose Diocese, Fr. Michael J. Mitchell,
has endorsed Cupertino's Barbara Koppel for County Supervisor. Koppel is
"pro-choice" and her campaign office has said she would support using taxpayer
funds to pay for abortion.
Mitchell is Vicar General of the diocese, and Bishop Pierre DuMaine labeled
him his "most spiritual man."
In an interview with View from the Pew, Fr. Mitchell was asked about
Koppel's pro-abortion position. Mitchell said he was not aware of it and also
that he would not withdraw his support.
"There are a whole range of issues to consider," he said.
What issues? the View asked.
Mitchell said Koppel will support the pending development of the diocese's
property in Cupertino.
Readers may recall the View's previous report on the diocese paying $5,000
a day in interest on the debt incurred from "remodeling" St. Joseph's
Cathedral. The development of the Cupertino property is expected to retire the
debt, but the property has been caught up in citizen protest over
environmental concerns. Koppel, apparently, would weigh in on the side of the
The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference has taken the official position that
any Catholic who is "pro-choice" when the choice is abortion cannot be
considered a Catholic in good standing. Where does this leave Mitchell, the
bishop's "most spiritual" man?"
Pope John Paul II in Evangelium
Vitae writes that the pro-life imperative demands that we give priority to
this struggle when we vote. He says we cannot treat abortion, euthanasia,
assisted suicide and other matters of life and death as on a par with other
political issues Even pressing political issues like developing the diocese's
If you disagree with Fr. Mitchell's stand, you may contact Bishop DuMaine
or you may contact the Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, the Most
Rev. Agostino Cacciavillan, 3339 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington D.C.
In the October issue of The Valley
Catholic, San Jose Bishop Pierre DuMaine issues a special call to
"dialogue" in response to the Common Ground Project and the beginning of the
RENEW program in parishes.
The RENEW program involves small-faith communities, usually meeting outside
the church campus, for prayer, study and whatever. The Common Ground Project
is Chicago Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin's brainchild and involves a panel of
unlike-minded Catholics verbally tusseling over church problems.
Both programs involve this inane word "dialoguing" which means discussion
So what's to discuss? We have the Scriptures. We have Tradition. We have
the Pope and the Magisterium.
Ralph McInerny, co-founder of Crisis magazine but better known for his Fr.
Dowling mysteries, puts it best in the October issue:
"The last thing that is needed is a discussion of the teachings of the
faith as if they were propositions that had to be ratified by what has come to
be called dialogue. Dialogue is a word that is used for waffling and for the
culpable failure on the part of bishops and priests to do their ordained
tasks. . . Faith is a free, responsible acceptance of what God has revealed in
Jesus Christ and through the Church. But the acceptance must be of what is
offered, not of some substitute reached as the result of a discussion that
treats heterodox positions, the effective rejection of the faith, as if they
must be accommodated. Faith comes from hearing, not from dialogue. For the
love of God, let the dialogue cease, and the teaching begin."
(Crisis magazine is a monthly publication. Contact P.O. Box 10559,
Riverton, N.J. 08076-0559 or call 1-800-852-9962. Web site is http://www.catholic.net/)
It's time for the annual Campaign for
Human Development appeal. This means the bishop's office will be sending
"quotas" to pastors, that is, the total each parish is expected to raise for
The View from the Pew urges you not to pledge. A considerable amount of the
money taken in goes for administrative expenses.
For example, the CHD-funded Eastside Downtown Project in San Jose was
budgeted for $93,000 in 1992, but $53,500 of that amount went to organizers,
trainers and a secretary. Of the remainder, $7,500 was used for additional
expenses. Add those figures up, and the poor folks only got $32,500. (These
figures were compiled by "The Legacy of CHD, a Critical Report and Analysis of
the U.S. Bishop's Campaign for Human Development" by Paul Likoudis, The
Some CHD contributions have gone to establish dubious Catholic
organizations like the Claretian Medical Center in Illinois, which lists its
services as abortion counseling, birth control information and distribution of
contraceptives. Its service "providers" include Planned Parenthood and
Illinois Reproductive, an abortion provider.
In addition, parishioners who have worked with the CHD campaign have said
the needy aren't the prime beneficiaries of the drive. One Detroit layman who
was involved in the project to fund Metro Detroit Welfare Association said,
"generally, all the people who got this archdiocesan money were all connected
to each other and all the other (radical) groups. Many of these groups were
phony, just fronts so activists could get money. None of this money ever got
to the black people, or to black Catholics, and it never went to any group
that promoted the Catholic faith or Christianity; it went to the radical
student groups, the left-wingers, who were trying to start a revolution." CHD
has its staunch defenders. Social justice always sounds good. And some good is
done. But CHD supports the shift in Catholic thinking from the idea that
personal conversion, prayer, bearing witness and solidarity are the
foundations of Catholic action to the idea that politics is the foundation of
If you want to love your neighbor, contribute to the needy directly. Ask
yourself how much you would pledge, then donate that amount to your favorite
A local lay apostolate, "Adopt A Priest" (AAP) has been formed to encourage
and help strengthen priests through prayer and affirmation.
Inspired by Mission H.O.P.E. founded by Ann Ross Fitch, AAP recommends that
only one priest be chosen for six or twelve months "so that you can
concentrate more time and prayer towards his needs."
The AAP-provided pamphlet contains a list of suggested prayers for your
selected priest including meditations on the Rosary, a litany, and other
To join AAP, pray-ers fill out a registration card containing the priest's
name and parish and prayer time; period of sponsorship (an offering of $5 is
requested for six months and $6 for 12 months); a "spiritual sponsorship" card
sent to the priest to notify him of his registration in the apostalate.
Please contact Adopt A Priest at: P.O. Box 4338 Santa Clara, CA
The View staff has adopted five priests.
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The Valley Catholic advertised
a "chaplaincy volunteer training program" in its October issue classified ads.
The ad asked for "Catholics, Protestants and non-Christians."
Diocese of San Jose (Dioecesis
Sancti Josephi in California)
Established January 27, 1981
Pierre DuMaine, D.D., Ph.D.
First Bishop of San Jose; ordained June 5, 1957;
appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco and Titular Bishop of Sarda April
28, 1978; Episcopal Ordination June 29, 1978; appointed Bishop of San Jose
January 27, 1981. Office: Diocese of San Jose, 900 Lafayette St. Suite 301 Santa
Clara, CA 95050-4966
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