Found out that a former FSSP priest who once held a rather high position in the district had petitioned to be reduced to the lay state. He had also come out of the closet and recently "married" another man.
I felt rather dismayed.
The priesthood is not therapeutic - it is not meant to be a way for those struggling with homosexual inclinations to avoid or ignore the fact that they have these inclinations. There seems to be a latent clericalism in the thinking of some who see becoming a priest as a solution. It seems appropriate to close the discernment process to those who are still struggling with chastity and their sense of "identity" or any other psychological issues.
Marrying those who have repented of fornication? Nothing wrong with that. Publicizing this as such? Potentially or actually scandalous, as if it trivializes the sin and the need for repentance. So who is leaking the information, and what is their agenda? They too share some responsibility for weakening Catholic consciences. If it is the pope himself, or those around him, then this actually problematic, despite what his defenders may say. Honoring marriage is important, but one must also make it clear that contrition and the sacrament of confession are necessary, and why make actual people the examples of this? Why not "protect" their privacy and avoid giving scandal? Was there an official press release?
Why is Imaginative Conservative publishing this? Because it fits its brand of "conservatism"? Or because the author is a member of the Hillsdale staff? The author does not define patriarchy but decries it. Why? Because he's an egalitarian?