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It's unfortunate that there is so much misunderstanding of Truth in our culture today. I say this without malice or condemnation. Truth is not something subjective but completelely objective. Jesus stated it very simply when he said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." If Truth were something different for everyone, it seems to me that is a pretty good formula for chaos.
I am a Roman Catholic from birth. Unfortunately, I did not always believe that the Catholic Church (through its Magisterium, which is the teaching authority of the Church--i.e. all of the bishops in the world in communion with the pope) taught the Truth. I once believed that I could decide for myself what was true for me even if some of my decisions were opposed to the teachings of the Magisterium.
A few years ago, I embarked on a serious study of the Church's teachings and encountered the wonderful teachings of Pope John Paul II, especially his teachings titled "Theology of the Body" (TOB). I soon realized that I could not ever have arrived at the Truth taught inTOB by just simply reading the Bible myself. TOB has changed my life completely and helped me understand the real value of our Church.
I appreciated your description of Bishop Cordileone and his work. Although I don't know him personally, I was of course aware of him and his recent appointment as bishop of the Diocese of Oakland and his involvement with the Proposition 8 campaign. However, I did not realize all of the other good works that have marked his career "from the time he put on the Roman collar," as you say. Surely, no one could "in good faith" believe that his teachings about same sex attraction and same sex marriage are "evil." He as a bishop of the Church has a responsibility, to God, and to his flock, to teach the Truth.
The Church is not a dictatorship, but a teacher and servant to us all. The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is another very misunderstood Truth in the world today. When God said, "... but of the tree in the middle of the Garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat," He was telling us that we should not attempt to decide what is good or evil on our own. That is only God's call. However, in his love for us, he lets us decide for ourselves if we want to choose the good or the evil. As a servant of God and of his Diocese, the good bishop is simply trying to help us understand what God has already defined as good or evil. It should not surprise anyone that he would choose to support a cause that is defined as "good," even if others disagree with God's definition.
Your article about the bishop's interviews on a Catholic radio program implied that he was gloating over the success of the "Yes on Prop 8" campaign. Perhaps he was and this should show us that he is human. But when he became aware of the interpretation of his demeanor, he showed his regret. This is the mark of a humble and holy man, not one to be condemned but one to follow and listen to.
I recommend to you and to all of your readers the teachings of John Paul II, "Theology of the Body." It is biblically based (uses over 1000 scripture passages) and teaches us the true meaning of life. It taught me how little I really knew about the Bible and the teachings of our Church.
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