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Fr. Tom Condon, OP, student master for St. Martin de Porres Province of the Dominicans, writes about the propaganda-laden film with a strangely tender voice, given that it openly portrays sex between cowboys as beautiful and precious. His praise for the film flies directly in the face of Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and “under no circumstances can they be approved.”
Brokeback Mountain works hard to seduce the watcher into sympathy for the “love” between the hardened but sensitive cowhands, but in fact it is a weighty pitch for legitimizing homosexuality that carefully avoids the raunchier aspects of the original story by Annie Proulx. In her account the men develop a sexual “taste” for each other that never carries with it such emotional baggage as the movie would like us to believe—sex between the cowboys begins out of boredom and isolation and continues as a sort of physical addiction which they feed on a periodic basis.
Fr. Condon says the movie haunts him—he finds uncontrolled emotion between the two men, meeting after a two-year absence, to be “beautiful and startling.” The misery caused to their wives and children, as they continue their clandestine relationship over 20 years, is entirely eclipsed for Fr. Condon by the pathos of the two men missing each other in between “fishing” trips. Condon appears to be entirely unfazed by the more sordid elements of the film, concentrating as he does on a vision of the movie as “an exploration of the mystery of the depths of human sexuality and relationship.”
Ok, what is going on with this "love affair" with homosexuality by some within the Church - especially with those who are working with, educating, and ministering to our youth?
The Church teaches that engaging in homosexual acts is not only sinful, but a mortal sin and yet I am constantly reading about Catholic clergy who are describing it in glowing terms, attempting to make it appear glamorous and desirable to our youth. What's going on here? It sounds like Satan is making his presence acutely known and attacking the Church like it's never been attacked before. We have an obligation, as Catholics who are faithful to the teachings of the Church, to speak out and step on this ugly cockroach (a descriptive word for Satan, not the Dominican priest) and stamp him out. I am getting my rosary out and am going to have a long talk with Our Mother about this. It's no wonder Our Mother is weeping.
To express concern over Fr. Tom Condon’s review to the Dominicans, contact:
Fr. Marty Gleason Provincial Southern Dominican Province1 421 North Causeway Blvd. Suite 200Metairie, LA 70001 Phone: (504) 837-2129 Fax: (555) 555-5555