The Tuesday Ear Tickler award is Solemn Charge’s weekly recognition of teachers who “Tickle the Ears” of those who “no longer endure sound doctrine”. In the spirit of 2 Timothy 4 2-4, this award serves to identify theological or doctrinal errors, dissent or hostility toward the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, or writing that undermines the purpose of each human soul – to know love and serve God so as to enjoy eternal happiness with Him in Heaven. I make no judgment of the writer’s intentions. Usually the winner of this award was raised in the 60’s so that right there is a mitigating factor toward their culpability for their actions. I do judge concrete actions and the quality of ideas, however…

Today’s winner is Dr. Malcolm Nazareth, who claims to be the co-founding director of the Center for Interfaith Encounter (whatever that means) in St. Cloud, MN. Apparently, he has a beef with Archbishop Nienstedt, who is defending the dignity of marriage as Jesus intended it. Dr. Nazareth decided that the most prudent means of addressing his beef with the good Archbishop was to post a letter on a dissent blog. I doubt the Archbishop has time to read drivel, and a personal letter would have been more appropriate to voice his concerns, but nonetheless, the dissenters live for public controversy. The letter is a long, rambling piece, so I will only post snippets of it. Read the rest if you need a good laugh. (Nazareth’s comments in the red quote boxes, my comments in black.)

Dear Archbishop,

A member of Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud, MN, for well over 12 years, I’m writing to you as a Catholic who is a long-time ally of those who are well known and proud to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ). I believe I’m fully in accord with the mind of Jesus when I take my stand on their side against those who overtly as well as covertly reject LGBTQ sexual orientation and gender identities.

As I frequently like to say, “You have the right to be wrong”. Clearly Jesus, who said, “The Father and I are One”, (John 10:30) would agree with God the Father, who gave the 10 commandments to Moses. Perhaps in the 12 years that Dr. Nazareth was at the Newman Center in St. Cloud, they didn’t cover the commandments, so let me elaborate on the 6th commandment, which forbids adultery. In Leviticus 18:22, God explained the 6th commandment, saying “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman;  such a thing is an abomination.” There is also that little dust up involving Sodom and Gomorrah where the depraved occupants of those cities were scorched by Fire from Heaven due to their homosexual acts.

It grieves me that, on the issue of LGBTQs, you, as official leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, are publicly taking a retrogressive stance. <blah blah blah rambling section removed for brevity – trust me you didn’t miss any substance>. I have been teaching Diversity and Racial Issues courses at St. Cloud State University for a decade, and I cannot tell you how much at variance your anti-LGBTQ stance is, and how out of step with the United Nations declaration on Gay Rights (2011), on one hand, and, on the other, the US government’s repealing of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” also in 2011. I am one of many who believe that you vainly seek to put the clock back in 2012.

By claiming that Archbishop Nienstedt is adopting a retrogressive stance, Dr. Nazareth assumes that a progressive stance is superior, that views of the past are of less value, and that the measure of truth is an idea’s assimilation of the loose morals of the current era. How did that work out for Sodom and Gomorrah? I guess that Dr. Nazareth takes his direction from the same folks at the UN that endorse the 1-child policy in China and that place the term “reproductive rights”, (which means unfettered abortion) in every document produced.  I am sure that Archbishop Nienstedt is quite honored to be at odds with the UN and Obama in regards to sinful homosexual deviancy.

I’m aghast at your insistence on being on the wrong side of science, too, thus bringing further disrepute and ignominy today on the religion that carries the name of Jesus of Nazareth who was open minded, large hearted, inclusive, and respectful of human nature, and whose words and deeds manifested his preferential option for the marginalized and powerless.

Dr. Nazareth forgets that Jesus admonished the sinners. Why did Jesus do this? The reason is that he loved them. He wanted them to drop their sinfulness and follow Him. The letter continues on a long tirade against perceived wrongs done by the “rich, White, heterosexual male-dominated Vatican”  ranging from an uninformed recounting of Galileo, women’s ordination, and the correction of the LCWR nuns. This guy obviously hasn’t bothered to pick up a Catechism, Bible, or even the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. I will not waste any more time setting his wild and varied attacks on the Church straight. There are many documents around that will do that. The fact of the matter is that Dr. Nazareth is leading souls away from Christ. He needs prayer. Catechesis and prayer.

I hereby award the Tuesday Ear Tickler Award for Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to Dr. Malcolm Nazareth.