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To: sinkspur
Good morning, sinkspur. I mostly agree with what you're saying. There've always been a pretty high number of priests who were light in the loafers - I even remember some more masculine priests making fun of them when I was in high school.

However, I'd like to point two things out. First, there may not be more gays in the priesthood today than 50 years ago, but certainly the percentage of gays in the priesthood is near the all time high - mostly because the numbers of healthy, heterosexual males anwering the call has gone down so drastically. Also, there does seem to be an effort to recruit homosexuals into the seminary. It can be seen on many vocations websites of the more liberal dioceses - specific mention is made that it is ok to be homosexual and a priest. If recruitment of gays is up, so then logically would be their numbers. It wouldn't surprise me if the percentage of homosexuals in the priesthood were now over 50%. I do think, in Philadelphia, anyway, that we've started to get virile men back into the seminary. I don't know if this is indicative of a national trend, or just Bevilacqua's no gay policy.

If the percentage of homosexuals in the priesthood is up, in my mind it follows that the percentage of priests preying on children would also be up. But then I accept the notion that if you're sexually disordered in one area that disorder will eventually spread to other areas, i.e. children.

52 posted on 03/09/2005 6:14:04 AM PST by old and tired
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To: old and tired

"But then I accept the notion that if you're sexually disordered in one area that disorder will eventually spread to other areas, i.e. children."

Attraction to teen-agers is a classic symptom of same-sex attraction disorder, and always has been.

You are correct, though, that a disorder like that cannot be compartmentalized. It casts a shadow on everything the sufferer does and is, even if he claims to be celibate (not that a man who suffers from SSAD is capable of maintaining celibacy).


53 posted on 03/09/2005 6:22:16 AM PST by dsc
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To: old and tired; dsc
But then I accept the notion that if you're sexually disordered in one area that disorder will eventually spread to other areas, i.e. children.

Me too. The old "sin makes you stupid" thing. So stupid in fact, you can't even recognize the sin and it builds on itself over unrepented time.

68 posted on 03/09/2005 7:24:52 PM PST by american colleen
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