Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Church's 21st Century Inquisition

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According to an article published by the New York Times, the Vatican is sending investigators to all of its 229 American seminaries to inquire into the presence of homosexuals. The Church is considering a ban on all homosexuals from entering seminaries, even if those homosexuals are celibate. According to the article:
The issue of gay seminarians and priests has been in the spotlight because a study commissioned by the church found last year that about 80 percent of the young people victimized by priests were boys. Experts in human sexuality have cautioned that homosexuality and attraction to children are different, and that a disproportionate percentage of boys may have been abused because priests were more likely to have access to male targets - like altar boys or junior seminarians - than to girls. But some church officials in the United States and in Rome, including some bishops and many conservatives, attributed the abuse to gay priests and called for an overhaul of the seminaries. Expectation for such a move rose this year with the election of Pope Benedict XVI, who has spoken of the need to "purify" the church.
Church doctrine teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and because of this, homoseuxals must live in complete chastity and celibacy. ===== It really does scare me to know that the Church is blaming gay priests for the child abuse within the Church. Pedophilia is not the same as homosexuality. Pedophiles victimize those who are easiest to victimize. As the article points out, it would have been easier for the pedophile (not homosexual) priests to victimize boys. They would have had easier access to them because boys serve as altar assistants and priests teach young junior seminarians. The Church, throughout history, has been good at ignoring the truth and finding scapegoats. I guess gays will be the 21st century scapegoat. Let us hope that it doesn't turn into the 21st century inquisition. With the Pope speaking of the need to "purify" the Church, a gay inquisition might just occur.