‘Moral absolutes’ are just that
Father Jeffrey J. Noble’s view of Pat Buchanan’s column regarding the Synod of the Family (“Intelligent discussion overdue,” Nov. 1) shocks Catholic sensibilities.
Noble displays a temporal arrogance regarding “divorce and remarriage, gay marriage and all matters pertinent to family life in the 21st century.” Even a cursory examination of history reveals that divorce, remarriage and homosexuality are a part of fallen human nature. What do we moderns “know” now that the Apostles, church fathers and saints did not “know” in their respective times?
Buchanan points out the shocking language of the Synod, notably “positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation” and the “gifts and qualities” of the homosexual lifestyle. Noble appears to embrace this scandalous language. What are these positive aspects, gifts and qualities?
Noble calls into question moral absolutes. Confusion does not center on the teaching of moral absolutes, but in the human response to that teaching.
Pastors of souls must first deal with God’s moral absolutes in our own lives, a difficult and even distressing reality, fraught with failure and forgiveness through God’s grace.
Individuals who acknowledge moral absolutes are well aware of the turmoil caused by fallen human nature and using the armor of grace to fight that turmoil. I pray Father Noble hasn’t given up the fight.
The Rev. James Holland
The writer is administrator of Transfiguration Parish.