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September 29, 2005

MOJ, please talk about gay priests

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:58 pm

Since the news reports a week ago that the Vatican is about to ban

new gay priests, whether or not they remain celibate (see our prior

post), I’ve been hoping the thoughtful contributors at Mirror of Justice

would discuss the topic.  So far, there has only been one MOJ post,

which quotes at length from a column written by a gay and celibate

American priest, but offers no commentary.

 

maleSym Two days ago, a self-proclaimed “serious Catholic” sent me a link   maleSym 

to this article from a website called Spirit Daily, which was apparently written

by its editor Michael H. Brown – “If the Church Gets Tough — Very Tough —

with DEVIANCE, Pope Will Make His Mark.”   The sender declared that

“it is an excellent article, written with honesty and a clear understanding of

the Church’s teachings.” 

 

The message of the article is, to my mind, quite remarkable and sad.  After

declaring that homosexuality is a “deviance,” caused by “demonic” forces, 

the article states 


“the truth is that those who are homosexual grapple with a

disorder that requires deliverance. It is a spiritual issue. And

while they struggle with that disorder they do not belong in a

position of any spiritual authority.” 

After recommending a purge of homosexuality from the clergy, it concludes:

“We must purify the Church at all costs. Nothing else will work. A gay should

not become a priest. He should seek out a good priest for help and deliverance.”

 

To me, this message is hateful and not the least bit “Christlike.”   Jesus, who 

loved sinners, surely loved non-sinners who merely had tendencies – biological

urges and preferences apparently given to them by their Creator.

 

As a Catholic grammar school pupil, I was taught by nuns and priests that any

sin of a sexual nature — including  “impure thoughts” not immediately purged

from our minds — was a mortal sin (leading to eternal damnation if not confessed

before death).   I guess the Vatican believes that gays can never win the fight

against such impurity, and that merely abstaining from acting on the impulses

is not enough.   I would hope that this kind of thinking is quite worrisome to the 

thinking Catholic, even those who pledge their obedience to their Pope.


one third gray  It’s estimated that perhaps as many as 30% of

priests are gay.   For generations (centuries?), an adolescent

male’s lack of normal teenage interest in girls was seen by his

Catholic family and clergy as a sign that he might have a

“vocation” from God to enter the priesthood.  Ironic, huh?

As a former Catholic, I know my perspective may not be clear or objective

enough.  That’s why I hope to hear from practicing, serious Catholics on

this subject.  Help me understand.  Better yet, help your Pope avoid the

turning of an ancient form of fear and discrimination into a policy that should

have no place in the Church that claims to speak for Christ on earth.

 

                                                                                                                 Benedict16

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. I am not a Roman Catholic, but I am a conservative Protestant evangelical. I believe homosexual BELIEFS are sinful, however, simply the STATUS of being homosexual is not. In other words, I have no problem with a gay person being a clergy member as long as long as he or she is willing to forgo worship of the eros idol that litters our land. A person who believes that homosexual behavior is sinful and actively pursues to live a holy life should not be denied access to the pastorate merely because of the cards he or she has been dealt. In short, I too find the Vatican’s recent activities to be very troubling.

    Comment by JR — September 30, 2005 @ 11:16 am

  2. I am not a Roman Catholic, but I am a conservative Protestant evangelical. I believe homosexual BELIEFS are sinful, however, simply the STATUS of being homosexual is not. In other words, I have no problem with a gay person being a clergy member as long as long as he or she is willing to forgo worship of the eros idol that litters our land. A person who believes that homosexual behavior is sinful and actively pursues to live a holy life should not be denied access to the pastorate merely because of the cards he or she has been dealt. In short, I too find the Vatican’s recent activities to be very troubling.

    Comment by JR — September 30, 2005 @ 11:16 am

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