Posts Tagged ‘hypocrisy’



July 4, 2013

I saw this article yesterday in the STRIB and quickly captured my thoughts on paper to share…then decided that I should let them sit a bit in view of fact I had just ranted about the Catholic Church and the Milwaukee Arch-Diocese.

I think many people are cautious when criticizing actions of any church, especially if they respect the rights of all to hold opinions, the freedom to worship in their own way as guaranteed by our country,  and understand that the Christian faith, like most others, has evolved with many interpretations of the same original data source.  So I often chastise myself for voicing my criticism but generally do so when doctrine and actions are not in sync or when hierarchy trumps the status of the worshiper.  And so, I put my thoughts aside to ruminate.

Unfortunately, I felt the same way this morning;  and I was encouraged to see several people wrote Letters to the Editor on the same subject, so here goes:

How did Mark Motzel, co-President of Totino-Grace keep a straight face when quoted as saying “Hudson had an excellent record of accomplishment and provided strong academic and financial stewardship at Totino-Grace during his tenure (but) leading a Catholic School while living in a committed same-sex relationship is not consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.” 

Really?  He ought to check with a few archbishops around the country or the Cardinals at the Vatican! But of course, an 18 year committed relationship is a lot different than example after example of sexual abuse of children among the Catholic Church clerics and hierarchy…apparently no one sees inconsistencies in the teachings of the Catholic Church in those instances.  Most offenders just get a slap on the hands, help in a cover up, a transfer to another church, or a “buy-out”.  Can they recognize in themselves the actions of the Pharisees against whom Jesus so often preached?

Yes, this relationship of the departing Hudson speaks to love, dedication and equal rights…and apparently we just can’t have that!

Meanwhile, a small Maple Grove church with a 40 member congregation has been vandalized THREE times with hate graffiti because they support same sex marriage.  I’d like to think the vandalizer(s) are simply illiterate, uninformed, throw-backs to a time long since past…but perhaps I am wrong.  Perhaps they are Catholics, just following the example of their church!  Why not? Look at the role models they have to follow – the hypocrisy of Totino-Grace and the Catholic Church hierarchy! 

Please understand, I don’t dispute the teachings of the Catholic Church; I only dispute their actions in direct contradiction to the teachings. And yes, we would do well to remember – actions speak louder than words.



 UPDATES FROM THE STRIB Letters to the Editor July 4:

This must be a difficult time for Catholic priests who … expound on the radically inclusive and forgiving Jesus so clearly portrayed in the gospels.  When Jesus was judgmental, it was in his criticism of a rigid and intolerant church establishment.”                                                                                Curt Oliver, Brooklyn Park

Hudson’s gracious and peaceful demeanor in this mess seems far more Christ-like than his church’s “holier-than-thou” stance.                                                                                      Curt Oliver, Brooklyn Park

I am angry and deeply disappointed in losing Hudson….a learning opportunity for students….an unfortunate lesson.  Being president with “an excellent record of accomplishment” and earning “the utmost respect” of the community doesn’t matter if you are also gay and in a committed relationship for 18 years.                                                                                                                                     Larry Voeller, Roseville

But there is another lesson I hope they do not overlook:  the courage and grace shown by Hudson in speaking the truth, despite the consequences.  His action puts to shame the actions of the board members and the institutional church behind them.                                        Larry Voeller, Roseville

(Note:  Voeller is a former co-chair of the Totino-Grace board, a parent and supporter of the school)

Totino’s loss is potentially another school district’s gain…There is no lack of irony here:  Hudson would have fared much better at Totino-Grace if he had been a misbehaving priest.       Steve Watson, Mpls