homosexuals have been good priests...But it has to do with our view of marriage. A priest can only give his life to the church in the sense that a man gives his life to a female spouse. A homosexual man cannot have the same relationship. It’s not about condemning anybody. It’s about our world view.”Oh, so a straight man can marry God/Jesus and it's no homo, but if a gay man devotes himself to a masculinized church, it's homo? Perversely confusing, to say the least, but not nearly as dangerous and just plain mean-spirited as blaming pedophilia on homosexuality. The conflation of pedophilia and child-molestation is long-standing our culture and has resulted in a variety of mean-spirited laws, from barring gay men and lesbians from teaching young children and adoption to barring gay men from the Boy Scouts. The claim by the Catholic Church and many conservatives that homosexuals are more likely to molest children is simply not true. In fact, of all the respected studies of child molestation and sexual orientation done, none have established a connection between homosexuality and child molestation. Instead, studies seem to show that those who molest prepubescent children often do not have an adult sexual orientation and those who have sex with pubescent children are far more likely to be attracted to women or women and men (i.e. are straight or bi, but very rarely gay). And yet despite evidence that the cause of the child molestation culture that is the Catholic priesthood is arrogance, the Catholic hierarchy refuses to look at the facts. In April, the Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said
Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true. That is the problem."Sure, if you listen to crazy, ideologically-driven studies you can find evidence for anything you want. Even, gasp, heterosexuality as the cause of child abuse. But the real link- between masculinity, privilege, and a sense of entitlement to others' bodies- remains unseen and unspoken. Bless the motorcycles, but condemn the fags. Bless macho men, even welcome them into the priesthood, but bar men who love other men from serving male deities. Act in ways that pervert truth and logic. And then be surprised when yet another "accident" of child sexual abuse happens despite all your holy water and your prayers.