Jesus Would Freak

Hawaiian Diocese Implements New Contract: Gay Teachers Can Be Fired

Hawaii’s Roman Catholic Diocese has drafted a new employment contract for its teachers that makes being gay or marrying your same sex partner grounds for dismissal.  Other grounds include abortion, in vitro fertilization, and unmarried cohabitation, along with euthanasia and renouncing the church. Curiously, there does not imagesseem to be a provision dealing with divorce. Now Jesus did mention divorce four times in the New Testament but never said a word about homosexuality. (That really isn’t too surprising since the term was not coined until the late 1800s, but he could have spoken about men lying with men and vice versa for women. But he didn’t, apparently, since none of the gospels contain any quotes on that topic.)

Here’s what he said in Matthew 5:31-32. “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” Whew! That is heavy. Unfortunately, the world has moved on in the two millennia since Jesus’s time, and divorce in the United States is no longer only available if you can prove your spouse committed adultery. In fact, in the not-too-distant past, proving adultery was made easier by the marriage partners, one of whom would agree to be in some motel/hotel somewhere with another person where the other spouse or private detective engaged for the purpose could easily obtain the photographic evidence needed for the court to grant the divorce. Here in the great state of Nevada, the most common ground for ending a marriage is irreconcilable differences. Read: “We can’t/don’t want to get along any more.” And that should be enough. Marriage should not be a burden to be endured for a lifetime. Humans have recognized that and laws have been modified and updated.

Apparently, Holy Mother Church accepts the inevitable, too, because there seems to be no provision in the contract punishing divorcing and/or divorced people from teaching in the Catholic school. Meaning the Church can ignore that particular teaching because society does. But they are still hung up on sex of any kind. It’s a pretty myopic view of the world to still demand that people who love each other not cohabitate. It’s a denial of the law of the land (Roe v. Wade) to insist women have no abortions. To tell couples who want children that they cannot make use of in vitro fertilization unless one or both wants to lose their jobs is just plain cruel. I thought that’s one of the Church’s goals, to have people have more babies.

I confess I don’t know when and why the Church developed such an ickiness regarding sexuality. Popes, cardinals and bishops have been fucking men and women for centuries. Take, for example, Pope John XII (955-965 C.E.). When he was found to be plotting against the Holy Roman Emperor Otto, the emperor sent emissaries to Rome to find out what was happening.

“The mission returned with juicy details about the pope’s innumerable mistresses, fat and thin, rich and poor: the one whom he had made governor of cities and loaded with church treasure; another who had been his father’s paramour before him, whom he had made pregnant and who had died of a hemorrhage; of the pope’s indiscriminate seizure of female pilgrims. “The palace of the Lateran,” they reported, “which had once sheltered saints, was now a harlot’s brothel.””

(John Julius Norwich (2011-07-12). Absolute Monarchs (Kindle Locations 1561-1565). Random House, Inc.. Kindle Edition.)

Perhaps this list will enlighten you: (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sexually_active_popes)

Popes who were married

Saint Peter (Simon Peter), whose mother-in-law is mentioned in the Gospel verses Matthew 8:14–15, Luke 4:38, Mark 1:29–31. Clement of Alexandria notes that “Peter and Philip begat children”[3] and writes: “When the blessed Peter saw his own wife led out to die, he rejoiced because of her summons and her return home, and called to her very encouragingly and comfortingly, addressing her by name, and saying, ‘Remember the Lord.’ Such was the marriage of the blessed, and their perfect disposition toward those dearest to them.”[4] In some legends dating from at least the 6th century, Peter’s daughter is Saint Petronilla.[5][6]
Pope St. Hormisdas (514–523) was married and widowed before he took Holy Orders. He was the father of Pope St. Silverius.[7]
Pope Adrian II (867–872) was married before he took Holy Orders,[8] to a woman called Stephania, and had a daughter. His wife and daughter were still living when he was elected Pope and resided with him in the Lateran Palace. They were murdered by Eleutherius, brother of Anastasius Bibliothecarius, the Church’s chief librarian.[9]
Pope John XVII (1003) was married before his election as Pope and had three sons, who all became priests.[10]
Pope Clement IV (1265–1268) was married, before taking Holy Orders, and had two daughters, who both entered a convent.[11]
Popes sexually active before receiving Holy Orders

Pope Pius II (1458–1464) had at least two illegitimate children, one in Strasbourg and one in Scotland, both born before he entered the clergy. Pius delayed becoming a cleric because of the requirement of chastity.[12]
Pope Innocent VIII (1484–1492) had two illegitimate children during his youth, both born before he entered the clergy.[13] His nepotism towards these has been described as “lavish as it was shameless” [14] He married off his elder son Franceschetto Cybo to the daughter of Lorenzo de’ Medici, who in return obtained the cardinal’s hat for his thirteen-year-old son Giovanni, later Pope Leo X. Savonarola chastised him for his worldly ambitions.[15]
Pope Clement VII (1523–1534) had one illegitimate son before he took holy orders, identified as Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence.[16]
Pope Gregory XIII (1572–1585) had an illegitimate son before he took holy orders.[17][18]
Popes who were, or may have been, sexually active after receiving Holy Orders

Pope Julius II (1503–1513) had three illegitimate daughters, one of whom was Felice della Rovere (born in 1483, twenty years before his election).[19] The schismatic Conciliabulum of Pisa, which sought to depose him in 1511, accused him of being a “sodomite covered with shameful ulcers.” [20]
Pope Paul III (1534–1549) who, according to some sources, held off ordination in order to continue his promiscuous lifestyle, fathering four illegitimate children (three sons and one daughter) by his mistress Silvia Ruffini. He broke his relations with her ca. 1513. There is no evidence of sexual activity during his papacy. He made his illegitimate son Pier Luigi Farnese the first Duke of Parma.[21][22]
Popes sexually active, or accused of being sexually active, during pontificate

Pope Sergius III (904–911) was accused by his opponents of being the illegitimate father of Pope John XI by Marozia.[23] These accusations are found in Liutprand of Cremona’s Antapodosis,[24] as well as the Liber Pontificalis.[25][26][27] The accusations are disputed by another early source, the annalist Flodoard (c. 894–966): John XI was brother of Alberic II, the latter being the offspring of Marozia and her husband Alberic I, so John too may have been the son of Marozia and Alberic I. Bertrand Fauvarque emphasizes that the contemporary sources backing up this parenthood are dubious, Liutprand being “prone to exaggeration” while other mentions of this fatherhood appear in satires written by supporters of late Pope Formosus.[28]
Pope John X (914–928) had romantic affairs with both Theodora and her daughter Marozia, according to Liutprand of Cremona in his Antapodosis.[29][30](See also Saeculum obscurum)
Pope John XII (955–963) was accused by his adversaries of adultery and incest.[31][32] The monk Benedict of Soracte noted in his volume XXXVII that he “liked to have a collection of women”. According to Liutprand of Cremona in his Antapodosis,[24] “they testified about his adultery, which they did not see with their own eyes, but nonetheless knew with certainty: he had fornicated with the widow of Rainier, with Stephana his father’s concubine, with the widow Anna, and with his own niece, and he made the sacred palace into a whorehouse.” According to E. R. Chamberlin, John XII was “a Christian Caligula whose crimes were rendered particularly horrific by the office he held”.[33] Some sources report that he was rumoured to have died 8 days after being stricken by paralysis while in the act of adultery,[31] others that he was killed by the jealous husband while in the act of committing adultery.[34][35][36][37] (See also Saeculum obscurum)
Pope Benedict IX (1032– became pope in 1044, again in 1045 and finally 1047–1048).[38] He was accused by Bishop Benno of Piacenza of “many vile adulteries.”[39][40] Pope Victor III referred in his third book of Dialogues to “his rapes… and other unspeakable acts.”[41] His life prompted Saint Peter Damian to write an extended treatise against illicit sex in general, and homosexuality in particular. In his Liber Gomorrhianus, Damian accused Benedict IX of routine sodomy and bestiality and sponsoring orgies.[42] In May 1045, Benedict IX resigned his office to pursue marriage.[43]
Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503) had a long affair with Vannozza dei Cattanei before his papacy, and by her had his illegitimate children Cesare and Lucrezia. A later mistress, Giulia Farnese, was the sister of Alessandro Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III. Alexander fathered at least seven, and possibly as many as ten illegitimate children.[44]

Or how about these guys?

Popes accused of having male lovers during pontificate (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sexually_active_popes)
Pope Paul II (1464–1471) is popularly thought to have died due to indigestion arising from eating melon in excess,[45][46] though a rumour was spread by his detractors that he died while engaging in sodomy.[47]
Pope Sixtus IV (1471–1484) was alleged to have awarded gifts and benefices to court favourites in return for sexual favours. Giovanni Sclafenato was created a cardinal by Sixtus for “ingenuousness, loyalty,…and his other gifts of soul and body”, according to the papal epitaph on his tomb.[48][49]
Pope Leo X (1513–1521) was allegedly a practising homosexual, according to some modern and contemporary sources (Francesco Guicciardini and Paolo Giovio). He was alleged to have had a particular (albeit one-sided) infatuation for Marcantonio Flaminio.[50]
Pope Julius III (1550–1555) was alleged to have had a long affair with Innocenzo Ciocchi del Monte. The Venetian ambassador at that time reported that Innocenzo shared the pope’s bed.[51]

So the Church has had a long history of sex at the highest levels, while demanding celibacy from the frontline priests, nuns and brothers, with the earliest textual references occurring in the 4th century. You’d think they would understand that sexuality is a natural facet of being human. But they don’t, and hypocritically, they have fastened on women and homosexuals to vent their spleen on. Now, in Hawaii, Catholic school teachers have become the whipping boys/girls. There’s a certain ugliness in this contract decision–not the least of which is that the teachers had no input into the contract provisions, and as such the contract is one of adhesion–it has none of their particular brand of religion’s alleged love for God’s children. I would recommend that Hawaii’s Catholic school teachers get other jobs and let the schools hang.

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  1. doreen giordano

    The old adage comes to mind…”Do as I say not as I do”

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