Tom Zirpoli's March 11 opinion column, "Life dedicated to social ministry," was a touching tribute to his recently departed teacher and friend Monsignor William Pitt. Zirpoli also eloquently stated Catholic Church teaching on social ministry, social justice and helping the poor as it is declared in the Gospel of Saint Matthew. In fact, Zirpoli practices these concepts in his work with developmentally disabled persons at Target Inc.
However, he did not manage to refrain from taking a swipe at post Vatican ll Popes Paul lV, John Paul ll and Benedict XVl. In doing so, he promoted the sexual left, as he repeatedly has done in his past columns. This is the same sexual left that spawned an abortion industry that has, by dismemberment, taken the lives of over 57 million innocent Americans since the infamous Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision. It is the same sexual left that, more recently, persuaded the Maryland legislature to allow men who masquerade as women to legally use women's public restrooms and locker rooms under the euphemistic name of "The Fairness for all Marylanders Act of 2014." Of course, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed it right into law.
Zirpoli writes that the post Vatican ll popes were less interested in helping the poor and more interested in keeping those who have same-sex attraction out of church. This is entirely untrue.
It is true that the Church continues to teach that all humans are created male or female and all in the image and likeness of God, and that there are two naturally, complementary sexes, not an ever-expanding assortment of socially constructed "gender identities." The Church also continues to teach that we are given the Grace and responsibility to control our sexual desires, rather than letting them control us. Does Zirpoli really expect that Pope Francis will declare that homosexual acts (i.e. sodomy) are no longer intrinsically disordered or that lucid people should no longer understand that these acts are sinful, even between two consenting adult males who are jointly in possession of a marriage certificate issued by the state? It ain't happening.