The Talking Lion

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Hot Catholic Love...

Some needs to explain this to me:
Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman Catholic priests, a church official said Wednesday, under stricter rules soon to be released on one of the most sensitive issues facing the church.

The official, said the question was not "if it will be published, but when," referring to the new ruling about homosexuality in Catholic seminaries, a topic that has stirred much recent rumor and worry in the church. The official, who has authoritative knowledge of the new rules, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the church's policy of not commenting on unpublished reports.

He said that while Pope Benedict XVI had not yet signed the document, it would probably be released in the next six weeks.

First of all, I think it's funny that reporting has gotten to the point where even stories about the Catholic church has anonymous sources. More to the issue at hand, why the hell would this church go out of its way and ban homosexuals from being priests? It seems to me that the only way gays sin differently than heterosexuals is when they sin "gayly". But if they are bound by oaths of celibacy they wouldn't be kissing dudes and would be effectively in the same boat as the hetero's (in that sexual acts are forbidden of both, the gender of the partner seems really superfluous). Right?

Also, this ban on teh gay isn't retroactive. So, if gay-you are ordained sometime in the next six weeks it's all good, but after this piece of paper gets the signature, suddenly there's a ban on a group of people that if they cared about papal rules isn't necessary in the first place.

PRIESTS WHO FUCK ARE BREAKING THE RULES! So, the ones who care about the rules won't have sexual relations. The ones that don't will. All this new rule does is say that gay people are weaker and cannot possibly control themselves, not even when their god requires it of them. And though this position sounds ignorant and crazy to you and me, it seems to be exactly what they are thinking and saying:

But the church official who discussed the expected new rules said the document called for barring even celibate men who considered themselves homosexual because of what he contended were the specific temptations of seminaries.

"The difference is in the special atmosphere of the seminary," he said. "In the seminary, you are surrounded by males, not females."

Adding, "The gay has a voracious sexual appetite rooted in evil that cannot possibly be curbed by God (read: the self-loathing that accompanies being a cog in the machine of a gay-hating faith.)"

OK, I made that last bit up, but check this real quote out:
Mike Sullivan, of Catholics United for the Faith, a conservative advocacy group, said his group would favor a ban because putting a homosexual in an all-male seminary environment subjects that person to too much temptation, and increases his likelihood for failure.

"It's not appropriate to put an alcoholic in a bar either," he said.

Because gays don't funtion like not-gay-you and not-gay-me, all they think about is anus.

This ruling is motivated by the urge to purify the churches ranks. But all this is going to do is make prospective candidates for priesthood become less honest in the interest of self-preservation. And dishonesty and secrecy within the church is the real problem (and the true seeds of the past decades of scandals).

"People would do what they used to do, which is not be honest," said a gay American priest and professor at a Catholic college who did not want to be identified because he fears he could lose his church position if his sexual orientation was known.

"The irony is, if you look at the exact ages and seminary graduating classes of those priests who were convicted of sexual abuse in the past few years, they were not on the whole people who entered seminaries in the 1980's, when there began to be more openness about homosexuality," he said. "These were people from the old closeted days.

"So what the church is doing is repeating, in a weird way, the conditions they had before that gave rise to the abuse crisis."

This is probably for the best, seeing as this might awaken the remaining gays in Xtian churches across the land to the fucking obvious fact that despite disingenuous claims to the contrary, the xtian establishment (if not xtianity itself) hates homosexuals. And this new papal bull(shit) will serve as the beginning of a mass exodus of people from the church (gays and people that still believe that God speaks through a person with such ridiculous results).

Hmm. And people wonder why I thank my parents nearly everyday for not raising me hypochristian.


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