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for Gay and Lesbian Catholics
to Speak the Truth
Holy Roman Catholic Church has been waging a public war against gay people
for too many years," said Joe Murray, U.S. convener for the Rainbow Sash
Movement in his opening remarks. "In New York, Boston and Chicago, they
have used their considerable political clout to oppose every Gay civil rights
issue that comes up. They do this on a regular basis, whether it has to
do with housing, jobs, or other issues.
"More recently, they publicly refuse to give communion to people identified
as Gay or supporting Gay rights," said Murray. "And this comes even after
the whole world learned that many of these same bishops consciously placed
Catholic children in the paths of known, dangerous pedophiles.
"Now these bishops would have you believe they are cleaning house by
screening out priests and seminarians with gay orientations. This is another
deliberate sham. Keeping out gay seminarians will do nothing to rid the
Church of pedophiles, for whom gender of the victim is not very important.
Instead of understanding pedophilia, it is easier and cheaper to attack
the most vulnerable: gay seminarians.
"We've just concluded World Aids Day," said Murray, "and the millions
of people today who have AIDS is testament to the disaster created by
deliberate ignorance. So long as AIDS was confined to those on the low
rungs of society's ladder, it could be overlooked, as it was for the Regan
and first Bush administrations.
"Are we now to wait for history to repeat itself? Will we have another
round of victims of pedophilia coming forth in 20 years because the bishops,
the Holy Guardians of Public Morals, chose to attack gay men instead of
really addressing the issue of pedophilia and the safety of children when
left with priests?
"The second category of victims here are those dedicated priests for
whom child molestation would never be remotely considered. They are dedicated
to their work and do the best job they can. But because the bishops choose
to not focus on the real problems of the Church in society, even our good
priests will not feel comfortable when left alone with children. Removing
dedicated gay men from the priesthood is not a solution to anything.
"It's time for these bishops and for the Pope himself to come to grips
with reality. We're talking about an emotional disorder called pedophilia.
Gay pedophilia or straight pedophilia, it's still pedophilia. But it's
far more common among straight men than it is among gay men.
"I call upon the Church to stop its attacks on gay men and lesbians
around the world. Yes, God made us this way, just as He made straight
people straight. We celebrate our diversity and urge the Church to throw
off its rigid, mistaken thinking on this issue. If the bishops are to
exert any moral authority in the 21st Century, they must stop attacking
groups of people whose similarities are far greater than the differences.
Rainbow Sash Movement is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender Catholics, with their families and friends, who are publicly
calling the Catholic Church to conversion of heart around issues of human
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