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Monday, February 25, 2013 

The Roman Catholic Church Created Its Own Mess ....


Imagine being a young gay man growing up in the Roman Catholic Church of the 1950's, 60's or 70's. Upon graduation from high school, there was generally a family and church expectation that you would promptly marry, get a job and start pumping out as many babies as was humanly possible due to religious prohibitions on any kind of birth control or family planning.

"Are you married yet"? - "Are you married yet"? - "When are you getting married"? - "Why aren't you married yet"? - "Why aren't you getting married"? - "Are you married yet"?

That was the refrain that assaulted them from both family and community. Being single was not acceptable. Worse, being gay was condemned and was generally sufficient reason to be kicked out of both your family and your church.

A young Roman Catholic man was provided with only 2 possible life choices:
-bow to family/Church pressure to wed asap
-go into the priesthood

Over the decades (perhaps centuries) many, many young Catholic men chose the priesthood simply to end and avoid the relentless pressure to neither be single nor (gasp!) gay.

As a result, some priests were ordained who had no 'spiritual' calling but could retain family and church connection by entering the clergy. They had no intention of actually fulfilling their Church required vows of celibacy and chastity. They simply needed a way to end the religious pressure to not live a single or gay lifestyle.

 Roman Catholic intolerance to any type of lifestyle other than 'one man married to one woman for life without any birth control' is the cause of the problem that plagues the modern  Catholic Church. Gay men were forced into hiding ... unfortunately, many of them chose to hide in the ranks of the Roman Catholic priesthood where there is no expectation or pressure to get married .

The Roman Catholic Church did this to itself.  I don't have a lot of sympathy for the Church's plight.

More .....
-'Homosexuality is a ticking timebomb for the Catholic Church': Explosive claim of former friar who says half of recruits are gay 


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I find the implication that the problem is gay people in the ranks of the priesthood rather disturbing. It is I believe generally agreed that homosexuality and pedophilia are quite different things. No doubt there are plenty of gay men in the priesthood; no doubt they are celibate as often as the straight ones or else getting it on, consensually but hush-hush, with other adult gay priests.

The problem with the priesthood is not gay men, it's unaccountable power and people who enjoy unaccountable power over others, which is what pedophilia, like rape, is actually about.

Did you actually even read my post? There's nothing in the post about pedophilia. Nothing about mistaking gay persons as 'pedohiles'!!

You simply decided to be offended without even comprehending what it is about!!

My post had ZERO to do with gay priests being a problem.

My post is about an historical persecution of gay Catholic men and those individuals who felt forced into a profession that they had NO inclination to otherwise join simply to end the persecution!

(I was waiting for a response similar to yours ... I thought it would come from the Right - not someone who thinks it is an attack on gay persons .. sheesh).

My post is NOT about a 'problem with the priesthood'. As I said a moment ago, my post is about the historical and ongoing intolerance and persecution of young gay Catholic men by the Church ... who were given very few options in order to keep their family and church connections.

Gawd .. read before you get so indignant!

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