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To: Jyotishi
The comments raise questions about long-standing Vatican policies that are spiritually and emotionally abusive. The predecessor of Pope Francis, Benedict, said homosexuality, “is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder." Of course, science has long rebutted the notion homosexuality is a “disorder.” In his comment, Francis spoke to the personhood of every individual, regardless of his calling to the priesthood. In doing so, he has set the stage for a lively, much needed discussion about human sexuality.

Will the Vatican now take a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to the priesthood? Will it permit celibate, but openly gay priests to serve? What message does it send to LGBTQ Catholics long marginalized by orthodox Catholics and conservative hierarchs, if openly, celibate gay priests serve the holy sacraments? If a gay or straight priest acts on a need for physical intimacy and companionship, what makes it a sin, breaking the vow given to the church over celibacy? If an openly gay, celibate priest is worthy to serve Eucharist, solemnize straight marriages, and perform the last rites at someone’s bedside, how is it possible two parishioners of the same gender can’t have a blessing of their union, though not called a marriage? Will gay, celibate priests be able to speak out against such injustices as discrimination in housing and employment due to sexual identity? Will a lesbian teacher now be allowed to keep her job at a Catholic school? Does acceptance of gay priests finally break the ugly, hateful stereotype someone gay is inclined to be a pedophile, long perpetuated by conservative elements in the Catholic Church, but disavowed by science?

What does a celibate-but-openly-gay priest look like?

20 posted on 07/29/2013 10:56:26 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Alex Murphy
What does a celibate-but-openly-gay priest look like?

What does a celibate-but-openly-gay "Orthodox" Presbyterian look like?

What does a celibate-but-openly-gay person of any religion (or no religion) look like?

Is celibate-but-openly-gay an oxymoron?

23 posted on 07/29/2013 11:03:56 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy; Jyotishi
What does a celibate-but-openly-gay priest look like?

A guy in handcuffs after he is arrested for abusing young boys.

27 posted on 07/29/2013 11:08:11 AM PDT by wmfights
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To: Alex Murphy

I do not think that anyone has ever met one.

LLS


58 posted on 07/29/2013 1:09:42 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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