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Monday, July 05, 2010

Roman Catholic to the core

On the Church's Teaching on Human Dignity and the Sexual Act

“Pointing to the dramatic changes made within the Catholic Church by Vatican II, Quinn asserts that it is time for a new council, this one dedicated to looking at human sexuality and its intersection with religion,” said Inside East Sacramento. “The new council, he says, should involve the entire Catholic community as well as people of other faiths.”

“So many of the issues that Catholics deal with -- divorce, homosexuality, premarital sex -- center around sexuality and affect how they connect with the church,” Bishop Quinn told the publication. “We need to move beyond this circular logic and look at what is really happening in people’s lives.”


On Indians and Missionaries

The Yaquis, said Quinn, “are Roman Catholic to the core.” Their liturgies have been inculturated, including rope dancing at the offertory, he said, and “doing smoke blessings in the four directions instead of the penitential rite.”

“I felt I should express regret that the Miwok were treated unfairly in many ways, although the missionaries were well-intentioned but mistaken and doing only what they had been taught to do in bringing the faith to the Indians,” said Quinn. According to the Journal, Quinn said the missionaries “took the Indian out of the Indian” by destroying their traditional spiritual practices and “imposing a European Catholicism” on them – when the Indians had their own “civilization” that valued nature.



Relativism. Religious Syncretism. Self-loathing. Bishop Quinn is Roman Catholic to the core.

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