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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Catholic Bishops Are Idiots

The Roman Catholic bishops have adopted a new "policy" regarding gay Catholics. It's called "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination." This policy is such a joke!!

First off, gays are "welcome" in the Catholic church. However, because the Catholic church considers their sexuality "disordered," they should never have sex again. Okay, so they didn't say that in so many words. But they did say that they should become and remain celibate because their sexuality is "disordered." That's pretty much saying that you should never have sex again as long as you're gay because we just think you're sinful and you're wrong.

Also under the policy that was adopted, you can't receive communion if you're gay or using birth control. Now how exactly are the priests, bishops, nuns, or whoever else going to know who's gay and who's using birth control? You can't tell by looking at someone that they're gay or using birth control. Are they going to start giving tests out at the door to find out if you're on birth control? Oh I know how they're going to know if you're on birth control. Let's say that you're 20 and you've just gotten married like a week ago. If you're not pregnant when you go to church that Sunday, you must be on birth control. If you're not pregnant every nine months thereafter, you must be on birth control. And if you don't have about 25 to 30 children by the time you're 45 to 50, you must be on birth control. Perhaps the Catholic Church will invent a medical test to determine whether or not members of their parish are gay. Perhaps they'll wave a "gay-dar" in front of every church member who walks through the door. If it goes off, you'll be pulled aside for an additional inspection and will be interrogated until finally you break down after being waterboarded and confess that you're gay.

Under these guidelines, it's "not a sin to be attracted to people of the same sex. It's only a sin if you act upon those feelings." So let me see if I have this right. It's okay to be attracted to people of the same sex. But once you've acted upon those feelings then you're sinful, you're immoral, and you're going to hell.

Finally, "gays will be discouraged from telling anyone about their sexual orientation outside of a close circle of friends and supporters in the church." So, there's nothing wrong with being gay as long as you don't act upon your "gayness." But you shouldn't tell anyone unless they're your close friends and supporters in the church. Why is that? Perhaps it's because the church doesn't want people to know that other people are gay. Perhaps it's because the church truly isn't okay with having gay church members. Perhaps it's because the church is full of nothing but bigoted, idiotic, evil people!! Take your pick!!

Below is PFLAG's response to this idiotic policy.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), issued the following statement regarding the adoption of guidelines by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today:

"Today, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops helped advance the message of isolation, shame, and rejection that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Catholics have been subjected to for many years. The newest guidelines, however, take this message several steps further than they have gone in the past, in spite of glaring evidence of how this treatment destroys spirits, tears families apart. Priests will now be encouraged to perpetuate a culture of being in the closet and of shame when they minister to their GLBT parishioners and the people who love them.

GLBT Catholics have been subjected to negative treatment from the Church. The message to them has been clear: unless you are straight, you are not welcome to full participation in your faith. Today's announcement strengthens this contention that GLBT people are not welcomed to live authentically within the Catholic Church.

In the past year, Americans have watched the destruction that individuals and their families suffer when they are not permitted to be honest about their God-given sexual orientation. Rather than speak to people to help them overcome shame and the closet, the Catholic bishops will encourage behaviors that will guarantee incidents like these will happen for years to come.

Faith and spirituality should be accessible to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, and the denial of this participation is contrary to the very Catholic ideal of compassion and justice. A sense of spiritual community is critical to the lives of many people, and the denial of this connection is yet another inequality and injustice that GLBT people and their families must face.

Fair-minded straight people, together with GLBT people, should call on their local bishops to express their condemnation of this latest statement. Catholic leaders need to understand that their condemnation of our families only serves to perpetuate discrimination against millions of people of faith across this country. Discrimination should not be among the values that the Catholic Church upholds for its people."


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation's foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit http://www.pflag.org.

From a straight woman who is behind you 100%, I say be gay!! Be proud!! And tell the Catholic Church to fuck off if they can't be TRULY supportive. You don't need this half-assed joke of a policy. You don't need to hide who you are. You don't need to compromise who you are in order to be accepted by a church. And you don't need to be told that you're sinful and immoral because of who you are. That's not Christianity. That's bigotry!! And you don't need to take it from the Catholic Church or anyone else for that matter.


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