Dr. James F. Drane wrote an offensive and illogical op-ed (“Today’s Vatican culture is still stuck in the past,” May 20 – link to article). As a bioethicist, he should restrict his pontificating to areas of medicine and its moral application.

Pejorative slanders such as calling bishops “theologically unsophisticated” and naive do not prove his premise. He implies that the Catholic hierarchy is sexist and discriminates against women. That would only be true if holy orders were a right every baptized human being enjoyed.

On the contrary, clergy are ordained men by divine institution. Jesus Christ established ordained ministry as a gift and not as an entitlement. No Catholic male can even demand the call to holy orders. There must be discernment and affirmation by the bishop, who is a successor of the Apostles.

The pope and bishops alone have teaching authority, called the magisterium. It is not extended to theologians or bioethicists. Furthermore, faith and morals are not subservient to public opinion or contemporary culture.

Hence, the church’s doctrines on marriage being reserved to one man and one woman; on the sinfulness of abortion, euthanasia and contraception; etc., are not open for debate as they are based on the truth of the immutable natural moral law.

Fidelity and loyalty are neither conservative nor liberal, they are just right.

THE REV. FR. JOHN TRIGILIO JR.
Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Marysville) and Saint Bernadette (Duncannon)

Fr.John Trigilio Jr.

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