Gilles Mongeau S.J.: Homosexualist and the dissident organization, "All Inclusive Ministries" ~ Part 2
Gilles Mongeau S.J., is a professor of systematic theology at the University of Toronto and a prominent Jesuit dissenter. Readers may wish to review my first post about this this – at times – enigmatic man, who is able to preach two and two is four to one group of people; and two and two is five to another. Indeed, last Fall Fr. Mongeau received umbrage from homosexuals as he presented a series of lectures that – from reports – followed the official Ontario Catholic bishops on the issue of homosexuality.
The Bishops certainly in North America decided that the group known as Dignity could no longer meet on Catholic Church premises. The Archbishop of Toronto at the time, Cardinal Carter, went along with the decision of his peers, but wrote a letter to the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Jesuit Pastor…asking the Pastor to welcome Dignity for their meetings on parish premises….I think the letter says something like: “in a discrete fashion” or something like that…The idea was we don’t want to cut our ties, we want to continue to minister to this group, but it has to be done in a way that will not publicly contradict the decision I’ve made.
According to Mongeau, the “antecedent” or “ancestors” to AIM were Dignity, the Soho Gay Mass in London, England, and AGLO. Mongeau described the Soho Gay Masses, along with AIM, as part of “a new ferment in the Roman Catholic Church.” Yet, in 2013, the Archbishop of Westminster forbade the continuation of the Masses which had taken place for the preceding six years at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in the Soho District of London.
Mongeau describes how AIM as well as AGLO: “focuses on creating a space for spiritual conversation rooted in experience to help discern how Christ is at work in the lives of not just LGBTQ Catholic individuals, but in the community.”
This near-fanatical reverence for the “experience” of the LGBT community over Scripture or Tradition is a common thread running through most gay-affirmative ministries. For example, Fr. Michael Holleran in the Archdiocese of New York described a meeting between a Catholic Bishop and a “gay couple;” as he related the story, Holleran said that, afterwards, the Bishop remarked: “…how can we call people like that objectively disordered?” Holleran concluded: “what transforms hearts is when you really actually do hear people’s experience.”
On August 23, 2016, AIM shared the following to their official Facebook page:
There are those whose theological project will always be to prove that gay love is something other than love. That proof can never be had. Gay love is love, and if Jesus was correct that the law is summed up in love, then homosexuality is hardly unbiblical. And if the end of natural law is to love rightly and fiercely, homosexuality is hardly immoral or unethical.
On September 20, 2016, AIM posted the following to their Facebook page:
“Homosexuality is one of God’s most significant gifts to humanity. To be gay or lesbian is to have received a special blessing from God. All humans receive their own special graces from their creator, but God has chosen some to be gay and lesbian as a way of revealing something about God-self that heterosexuals do not.”
“Just as God has given a certain gift to priests, brothers or sisters in religious life to follow the gospel with a certain public character, so God has given to gay men or lesbian women a special sexual gift which shows forth the diversity and beauty of God in our world in a public way. All creatures of God show forth God’s handiwork, but the world also needs variation so that the richness of this handiwork is made unmistakably evident. God gives gays and lesbians the rather startling variation of their sexuality to help their brothers and sisters have greater insights into the reality of their God.”