How to ACTA Catholic without being one
by Dr Pravin Thevathasan
How do I know they are strange? All you have to do is Google the name of an ACTA speaker along with the word "homosexuality" or "gay marriage". For example, my church news bulletin this week says that Fr Daniel O'Leary is going to be the main speaker at an ACTA conference. A quick Google search shows that he has been a speaker for the dissident "gay Catholic" group QUEST. He also uses a lot of new age jargon. The conference is entitled "An Astonishing Secret". One wonders if the astonishing secret is on how to be a Catholic without being one. The bulletin also advises us to take a look at the ACTA website. There we read that the "internationally famous theologian" Werner Jeanrond will be speaking at an ACTA conference. I go into my Google act and voila! I discover that he has said that there should be "a broadening of the concept of marriage beyond the traditionally heterosexual framework".
It is so easy to spot a heretic these days.
I have to admit that my Google act does not always work. For instance, when I tried Googling "ACTA", I was led to "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)" which aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods. But then again...
Fr Hugh Thwaites used to repeatedly tell me that I could spend a lifetime on solid Catholic resources and still only scratch the surface. Why waste time on counterfeit Catholicism?