What Did You Hear, World Youth Day Edition

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By Rebecca Teti

Any mention of World Youth Day in your parish this week -- or this weekend?

Did you follow live or read any of the Pope's words from World Youth Day in Rio this Week? Did something particular strike you in your pastor's homily? Let's share what was preached this weekend -- and what we took away from it.

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Rebecca Teti


  • The deacon gave the homily at the Mass I went to. He is not a great homilist, but I did have a question about something he said. He (as well as the priest who writes the reflection for our diocesan newspaper, and happens to be very liberal) said that God's issue with Sodom and Gomorrha was not homosexuality, but lack of hospitality. Does anyone know if this is accurate?

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2013 at 12:49 PM by ClaireS

  • I have a New American Bible-Catholic Study Edition. In the footnotes for Gen 18:20, it states: "Israelite tradition was unanimous in ascribing the destruction of Sodom and Gomorroh to the wickedness of these cities, but tradition varied in regard to the nature of this wickedness. According to the present account of the Yahwist, the sin of Sodom was homosexuality (Gn 19, 4f), which is therefore also known as sodomy; but according to Isaiah (1, 9f; 3, 9), it was a lack of social justice; Ezekiel (16, 46-51) described it as a disregard for the poor, whereas Jeremiah (23,14)saw it as general immorality." I had always heard it was "immorality" with out being more specific. One priest I know at a parish nearby did take the first view--that they were guilty of homosexual activity, which it does state in Genesis 19:4. Sounds like your deacon wasn't completely out of bounds in his reflection though, and maybe felt that was a "safer" way to go these days?

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2013 at 2:39 PM by Mary Therese

  • Thanks for that information, Mary Therese. I'm sure his angle was a safer one, whereas the priest who writes for the diocesan newspaper has an actively liberal agenda. So I think you're probably right that the deacon was not out of line with his homily. Thanks again!

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2013 at 2:45 PM by ClaireS

  • ClaireS, I know that's become a popular interpretation recently. But calling their crime "inhospitality" seems kind of like calling murder "bad manners." It's not exactly good manners, but it's certainly a whole 'nother class of behavior! Anyway, Fr. Longenecker wrote something about that. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/the-sin-of-sodom Mark Shea didn't think too much of the "inhospitality" thing either. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2012/05/oh-and-let-me-add.html So while inhospitality may have been part of Sodom's condemnation, it isn't as if one can brush off the homosexuality either and say that that had nothing to do with it.

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2013 at 3:54 PM by Anna

  • Anna, thank you so much for those links. It just confirms my suspicion that the priest who wrote the column in the diocesan newspaper was once again trying to promote his liberal agenda.

    Posted on Jul 28th, 2013 at 5:38 PM by ClaireS

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