I am a follower of your Fox News show. I generally like your stances on issues and generally agree with you. But the other night on your show, you brought up the issue of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, and a conflict you had with him in an earlier show. I didn’t see the show in March 2007, but I understand that Fr. Thomas called you a heretic and hypocrite, because of your views, which are against the Church’s teaching, on artificial contraception. While I totally understand why you might get mad, and while I totally divorce myself from Fr. Thomas’ way of pastoring you (it should be private and gentle), his message was correct.
Contraception is never right, no matter how many people think it is. (This truth is true whether the person you’re attacking has sin in himself or not.) Pope Benedict XVI was recently misquoted from his book to say that condom use would sometimes be acceptible, but that’s not what he was saying. He said that, in a specific case where a person with HIV used a condom because he cared about his homosexual partner (in this case it was a male prostitute and client), you could say that the person was progressing in holiness because he exhibited care for the other person.
It seems you have a history with Fr. Euteneuer. It seems he has tried to privately counsel you on the topic of birth control, because of your high profile and your very public stance on the issue. It seems that sometimes you invite people on television to publicly attack them. Frankly, I admired your tete a tete with the Muslim cleric, but after seeing how you were with the priest, I have come to realize that wrong is wrong, no matter whether you agree or disagree with one of the parties. So I have chastised myself regarding that exchange, too. I’m not passing judgement on who’s right or wrong on the issue, I’m saying that the way the conversation was conducted was wrong. On both sides. But in the case of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, it seems he had approached you to discuss the matter privately.
Sean, every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth is a sinner. You, me, Fr. Thomas, every priest up to and including the Pope is a sinful man. That does not negate the fact that artificial birth control, abortion, and euthanasia are all sinful, in that they thwart the will of God. So whether or not the priest had mortal sin in him, which it turns out he did, the truth remains true.
As it pertains to the Church of which you profess to be a member, your stance on artificial birth control places you among the ranks of Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Ted Kennedy. You dissent from a basic church teaching. This makes you a cafeteria Catholic. You believe what you choose to believe, you toss out what you disagree with. Fr. Thomas, while he is a sinner just like you and me, at least has a knowlege of what the church teaches, a moral compass which always points to Rome.
At least you, as you say, bear no grudge against him. Maybe if you examine your soul and your conscience, you can come to see that, while his method of delivery may have been wrong, his message was right on. This applies to you, as well.