Gay Catholics :: balancing belief and doctrine
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.