Sickening move by SVP
If you buy the Irish Catholic this weekend you will learn that the Society of St Vincent de Paul is giving €45,000 to fund a permanent “Lesbian, Gay and Transgender resource centre” in Galway City.
Yes, you read that right. The grant, to” LGBT Galway”, was approved by the Society’s management council. It is an appalling betrayal of those who, week by week, raise funds for the relief of poverty. The pretext is that the SVP is providing support for an “excluded and marginalised group in need of support”.
A spokesman claimed that the Society’s action was “consistent with the SVP mission statement to support social justice initiatives”. If this “resource centre” existed in order to help homosexuals who were struggling against powerful temptations, and were being persecuted on the basis of their orientation, then the assistance now being provided by the SVP would be an admirable and appropriate use of its resources. But the reality is that a Catholic charitable organisation, which has done so much to relieve poverty, is now supporting a militant homosexual pressure group. And the SVP Management Council must be well aware of the significance of what it is doing.
Blessed Frederic Ozanam, who founded the Society of St Vincent de Paul , was very clear about the aims of the SVP. He wrote:
The question which is agitating the world today is a social one. It is a struggle between those who have nothing and those who have too much. It is a violent clash of opulence and poverty which is shaking the ground under our feet. Our duty as Christians is to throw ourselves between these two camps in order to accomplish by love what justice alone cannot do”.
Blessed Frederic would be appalled by the way his disciples in Ireland have distorted his message. From the very beginning, the Catholic Church has consistently taught that homosexual activity is always seriously sinful. So it is a relief to learn that Bishop Martin Drennan of Galway has made contact with the SVP to seek further clarity on the issue. It will be interesting to know what response he gets.
At least our situation in Ireland is not yet as bad as that now obtaining in New York. More about that in our next posting.