Dear Editor: Bishop Morlino’s narrow take on morality, which defines personal sexual morality as “social morality” — contraception, abortion, homosexuality — and neglects the greater morality of justice for the poor, the homeless, the single mother, poor or parentless children, immigrants — I could go on — and against the thievery of the money-changers — the bankers — and the arrogance of the wealthy and powerful is precisely the narrow “righteousness” of the Pharisees Jesus so roundly denounces in Matthew 23:23: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.”
Jesus today is saying to the church of Rome, “Go, sell all you have and give it to the poor, and then you can come and follow me.” Luke 18:22
I try to be a Biblical Christian, and I understand the doctrinal issues that concern our bishop, but it’s precisely the lifelessness, the lack of Christ’s mercy and love and grace that drives some into bad doctrine, if not out of the church entirely. I don’t know these two nuns banned by Morlino, I can’t speak of them personally, but I can say I wandered away from the spiritual deadness of the old Congregational denomination for years, in the enticing fields of magic, divination, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, the Course in Miracles — because I couldn’t find Christ among the Congregationalists.
I do know that such American nuns as Sister Simone Campbell and the “Nuns on the Bus” are among the faithful few in the church, Roman or otherwise, who don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk and give heart, hands, and voice to bringing in the justice of the kingdom of God today.
The Lord Jesus will have some unexpected questions for Morlino to answer in his “entrance interview” for the kingdom of heaven.
Ted Voth Jr.