Thanks for that info. I edited it accordingly, so it should be OK now? What do you think? But when a Catholic priests endorses a society that advocates what this association was advocating, and considering the fact that even public libraries have to filter out a whole site because of the use of that acronym, then it is obviously a problem. And as long as there are a lot of homosexuals in the RC priesthood, this problem is going to be around.
How many times must the argument be made that same sex attraction ≠ pedophilia?
Just because a person is gay (or straight) does not mean they want to harm children. The mental defect that causes a person to molest and abuse a child has nothing to do with what gender they are attracted to.
Also, since you are going to forbid homosexual celibate
men from becoming priests (or remove them from the priesthood), are you also going to remove or forbid those who have a family history of alcoholism or drug addiction? I'm not talking about actual alcoholics or drug addicts (you know, those practicing the sin), I'm just talking about those with a family history who could potentially
become alcoholics or drug addicts. I mean, since we're trying to eliminate one type of sin, why stop there? I mean, who wants priests peddling drugs to kids? Right? [/sarcasm]
THIS is why I questioned Robb
's intent in posting this thread. Because it seems every thread on homosexuality on this board devolves into "Homosexuals = Pedophiles" when that simply isn't true.
Doesn't anyone else think it ironic that we believe a heterosexual male can love God enough to suppress his sexual desire for a woman and become a monk or Hiermonk, but they find it difficult to believe that a homosexual male would be unable to do the same? Why is it we feel comfortable leaving our daughters, sisters, and wives alone with a heterosexual Hiermonk, but think it dangerous to leave our sons, brothers, and husbands, alone with a homosexual Catholic priest?
Let us not forget that even within the Orthodox faith both male and female children and adults have been abused by gay and straight clergy (some who were married.) The only difference is that it did not receive the publicity that the Catholic scandals have.
The potential for sin reaches all; regardless of sexual orientation, gender, class, job title, color, or creed.
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."
The Gospel of St. Matthew, 7:1-5