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In denial about not ordaining homosexuals?
I won’t bore you with the details, but every time the Vatican issues an instruction stating that those with clear homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the priesthood, there follows a plethora of articles—including some in L’Osservatore Romano itself—in which the writers fall all over themselves to make sure that we understand that there must be (undoubtedly frequent) exceptions to every rule.
Response - Things - Catholic - Abuse - Crisis
Now, I invite you to compare this with one response to my recent commentary proposing Five things every Catholic can do to end the abuse crisis. I argued that “the root cause of the abuse crisis is our distorted view of human sexuality” and “the specific cause of the crisis is the combination of such disordered affectivity with the widespread denial that homosexual inclinations are fundamentally disordered, and that homosexual acts are fundamentally evil.” And further:
One cannot credibly hide its [the abuse crisis’s] homosexual character by subdividing homosexual behavior into target age groups and obfuscating its reality with clinical names. One cannot credibly refer to “clerical abuse” in general today (as the secular press would like to do) without identifying its overwhelming homosexual nature.
Readers - Points - Voices - Homosexuals - Monsters
Our readers are generally solid on these points, but a few contrary voices opined that I had cast far too wide a net, that homosexuals were not necessarily or even largely “pedophile monsters”, and therefore my assessment was grossly unfair. These comments arrived complete with references to all the gay men the correspondents knew who were in long-term relationships with other gay men of similar age.
Before proceeding to the Church’s repeated rulings on this question, I would like to clear away three other fallacies which lie at the root of this challenge, a challenge which is more emotional than analytical, and more culturally-conditioned than genuinely emotional.
Fallacy 2: Cultural-Conditioning: Even the...
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