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Gay Catholics :: balancing belief and doctrine

by Peter Cassels
Monday Apr 5, 2010

The Roman Catholic Church just observed the most sacred dates on its liturgical calendar. Good Friday and Easter Sunday mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But as Holy Week approached, the Church was rocked by allegations that its hierarchy took little action against priests in at least four countries (the United States, Ireland, Italy and Germany) accused of molesting boys under their spiritual care.

The allegations reached all the way to Pope Benedict XVI, who 30 years ago as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, archbishop of Munich, reportedly reassigned a priest accused of pedophilia instead of dismissing him or notifying law enforcement.

William Donohue, he current president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, defended the pope against the firestorm of criticism contended 80 percent of the priests who committed the abuse are gay, despite experts saying the vast majority of pedophiles are straight.

Latest anti-gay volley

This marks the latest anti-gay volley by the Church, which has been at the forefront of those opposing same-sex marriage. Most recently they help fund the successful campaigns to turn back marriage equality in California and Maine.

The Church has been incendiary in its opposition to gay marriage. For instance in October 2004, at the Eucharistic Congress held in Mexico, it was declared that the Catholic Church would never accept homosexuality as something "normal."

"It is unacceptable to maintain that anything living under the same roof - including cockroaches, cats and dogs - can be called a family, which is what those who defend homosexual marriage want," wrote Bishop Javier Lozano, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Health.

When Washington, D.C., legalized marriage equality (the first licenses were issued March 3), Catholic Charities there stopped offering new employees spousal benefits so it could avoid having to give them to same-sex partners.


  • Anonymous, 2010-04-05 02:39:06

    God bless the Catholic Church and Donohue! Let them continue their condemnation, crucifixion, and discrimination against Gays! WHAT ONE SOWS, SO SHALL THEY REAP! Let’s all pray that the Catholic Church gets enlightened enough to know why they are sowing what they presently are! "I have my doubts though ... these guys seem clueless! Bernard Law get’s paid $12,000.00 a month after ignoring 500 protests about child abuse??? Does the Catholic’s know that part of their hard earned money being put into offerings, is used to support the pompus, decadent evil residing in the "Golden" Itallian city?

  • Anonymous, 2010-04-05 14:13:10

    One has to understand that you are talking about the ROMAN church. There are welcoming and affirming CATHOLIC churches in addition to Rome. The Old Catholic Church, which was part of the Roman church until Rome declaired the Pope infallable and they, like the Eastern churches left Rome but maintained all the traditions of liturgy, feast days and sacraments and even Rome has to admit that the priests and Bishops of the Old Catholic Church as a valid as the Roman priests but they are considered ILLICIT because they do not jump or agree with all the man made regulations of the Roman Church. There are also 13 Roman diocese in the Us that have welcoming and affirming ministries to the GLBT community among them the diocese of Los Angeles which has a ministry office in the offices of the Diocese. It is sad that Rome does not keep up with mordern science especially Psychiatry which has been very clear that the majority of pedophiles are not homosexual.

  • Chris Cornish, 2010-04-07 02:55:48

    As a Mass going Catholic and a Homosexual male, I do wish that those that view the Church, that is you and me, well would attempt to understand how the majority of intelligent people think about this topic.

  • Tom Streeper, 2010-04-10 15:03:32

    Check out points of view and the voice of glbt Catholics at www.dignityusa.org

  • Neal Rogers, 2010-04-11 14:12:55

    the Catholic Shurch supposedly teaches that God is all forgiving. There are many straight Catholics who have committted serious crimes. Will God be forgiving them for murder and rape etc? Being a bi married man seems so minor compared to murder. I cannot help the way I feel sexually. I still go to church every Sunday because I really do believe that God is the only person I need to answer to. He knows each and every one of us and to say that I will go to hell by being myself where murderers will go to heaven if they repent is ridiculous. I have killed no one

  • Matti Kniva Spencer, 2010-04-11 19:46:14

    When you enter St. Cecilia’s church on Belvedire Street, the first thing you notice upon entrance ( enshrined in a glass case ) is the photo of Matthew Shepard, a gay young man who was murdered severaly years ago. That image is striking. It brings back an imgage of St. Sebastian, an early Christian who was also murdered, by arrows. This to me says a lot about St. Cecilia’s and how welcoming it is as a church for everyone...straight, gay, trans., black, white, latino, asian...everyone is welcome there. As a gay Native American male, I feel very welcomed there. It took me many years to find a church like this one...but I can proudly say that I have found my second home now...and I thank the Higher Force for this. Father John Unni, the pastor of the church, is an incredible human being and another reason I continue to worship at this unique church. He welcomes everyone wholeheartedly. God Bless St. Cecilia’s Church and all who worship there. MKS...Boston resident

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