Skip to comments.Faithful Priest Accused of Hate Crime for Letter on Homosexuality [Canada]
Posted on 09/03/2003 11:15:14 AM PDT by Polycarp
TORONTO, September 2, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Toronto Star published a 750 word letter on Sunday by Rev. Alphonse de Valk, editor of the Canadian monthly magazine Catholic Insight, concerning the Catholic stand on homosexuality. The paper accepted the letter in response to de Valk's request for an opportunity to respond to the Star's publication last week of a lengthy article by Thunder Bay priest Fr. Scott Gale objecting to the Vatican's recent document on homosexual unions.
In his characteristic, straightforward style, Fr. de Valk served up the teachings of the Church on the subject unapologetically. "The Church is right. The homosexual condition is a disorder, and homosexual acts are grave moral aberrations," he wrote. However, of ten subsequent letters to the Star responding to Rev. de Valk's article, six accused the priest of hate crime.
Despite the fact that Rev. de Valk merely presented Church teaching on the matter, distinguishing between homosexual acts and persons with homosexual inclinations, he was nevertheless accused of hate. "Homosexual activity rages against God's will," he wrote. Quoting the Bible, he explained, "God ordained the institution of marriage (Genesis 1: 27). He intended that it should be a permanent, lifelong commitment between husband and wife (Matthew 19:5-6); and, He ordained that marriage should exist for loving and cherishing one another and for co-creating children who are protected and
nurtured in a family."
In an interview today, Fr. de Valk told LifeSite that the responses to his article in the Toronto Star claiming he violated hate crime law should be a warning to politicians against passing Bill C-250 which seeks to add 'sexual orientation' to hate crime law. "While homosexual activists claim such a law would not silence debate on the issue, they themselves have accused me of hate for nothing more than asserting the Catholic position on the matter."
See Fr. de Valk's full letter to the Toronto Star:
See one of the responses accusing him of hate crime:
See several articles on the same-sex unions issue from the September 2003 issue of Catholic Insight at:
See response to Fr. Gale article by Msgr. Vincent Foy of Toronto
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Now, it is just another, everyday, believable nightmare of the times in which we live.
My favorite line is from people who say that they can't believe in a god that would allow consequences (pain & suffering for behaviors.) They perfer a god that ignores sinful behavior and then micro-manages consequences, and they want a government that works the same way.
But that's not what happened at all. Instead, the priest was "accused," apparently, by six letters to the editor.
However, in Canada, under its current laws, there is a very good chance this priest will indeed be criminally charged.
Very well said.
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The same is true about any criticism of Jews or Israel. The counterclaim is "antisemitism." This is meant to be an absolute defense and puts the orgininal speaker on the defensive.
Today, we have faggitude. Any criticism, real or imagined, of fairies is met with "homophobia" (whatever that means) and shifts the defense to the original speaker. Thus, a suggestion that homosexuality is either a genetic disease or a behavioal disorder is met with "homophobia!" and the burden shifts to the original speaker to prove that not only is he not "homophobic" but that he is pro-tinkerbell.
As I've asked many times, where do the fairies get this clout? They are deviants and perverts and must recruit new members from the ranks of the normal people. We must start using the words "normalphobia" and "normalphobic" to refer to these fairy hissyfits.
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