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Bishop Victor Balke, Published July 07 2012

Issue at hand is defending ‘light of truth’

On Sunday, July 1, when The Forum editorial “Let him without sin ...” appeared, the opening prayer for our Sunday liturgy was this: “O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ ...”

One of the negative signs of our times is that some of our media, including The Forum, feel free to attack the Catholic Church for exposing “the darkness of error” and upholding “the bright light of truth.”

The Forum’s editorial (mean-spirited? bigoted? – let the reader decide) ranted about a lot of things, from the ordination of women to gluttony. These matters may indeed merit discussion at another time, but here and now they merely serve to obfuscate the real issue at hand.

And the real issue at hand is this: The church’s obligation to defend the truth that marriage is between one man and one woman, a truth that comes to us through sacred Scripture and sacred tradition, a truth that a teacher at St. Joseph’s School denies and so forfeits her position as a teacher at the school.

Rather than criticize church leadership so harshly, and offend many, many Catholics, the editorial staff of The Forum should applaud it for proclaiming “the bright light of truth,” even if the truth contradicts secular thought, ensnared by relativism.


Balke, Moorhead, is retired bishop of the Diocese of Crookston, Minn.