Goodman wrote a great piece on the new center of debate for gay rights, Nature vs Nurture. Here's what she so eloquently points out:
Well, it turns out that the more you believe homosexuality is innate, the more accepting you are of gay rights. A full 79 percent of people who think human beings are born with a sexual orientation support gay rights, including civil unions or marriage equality. But only 22 percent of those who believe homosexuality is a choice agree.
Okay, so people who tend to be accepting of gay men and women - what almost all scientific data on the subject has pointed out - are also more understanding of gay men and women. What does that have to do with the Catholic Church?
Thirty years ago the Catholic Church accepted the view that some [priests] were definitively gay. Church teachings said 'they do not choose their homosexual condition." Nevertheless, the new document doesn't just ban gays who 'practice" homosexuality, breaking the vows of celibacy. It bans all those with homosexual tendencies."After the sexual abuse scandal, the church has shown that it is willing to do anything to avoid taking responsibility in its massive mistakes. Instead of admitting their sin, they blame it on gay men. Instead of admitting their fault, they categorize countless hardworking and innocent men with the perverted priests who committed the crimes. Meanwhile, those individuals - who were usually known to the church as sexual predators - were shuffled church to church by archbishop across the country. I'm certainly not saying that the sexual abusers who did these crimes aren't guilty. However, the church's solution should have been to purge sexual abusers from the church, not gay men who are completely celibate. It's not as if only gay men are sexual predators and dangers to the lay-people, just look at this case in Massachusetts:
SWAMPSCOTT -- The Rev. Jerome F. Gillespie resigned yesterday as pastor of St.John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott after he was accused of asking a 12-year-old girl and her mother to perform a sex act at an Italian restaurant in Chelsea Tuesday night.Priest Resigns After Sex Act Accusation
The Catholic Church is quickly becoming morally bankrupt. As someone who has been raised Catholic and is currently still a member of the Church, I have become very disappointed. I don't know if I can remain Catholic if this is what it means to be one.