At their semi-annual meeting in Baltimore this week, America’s bishops published new guidlines for gay Catholics:
-no gay person is to discuss his/her homosexual tendencies with another member of their parish. Homosexuality must be hidden.
Homosexual “inclinations” are inhererently” disordered, The bishops also speak out against same-sex marriage and adoptions by gay men and lesbians. Homosexual acts are always gravely sinful.
The bishops who drew up the guidlines admitted they did not consult with gay men or lesbians about the policy.
In a second monitum or warning the bishops stated that heterosexual married Catholics may not use artificial birth control although their own document shows that only four per cent use natural family planning.
These are both blasts from the past but is anybody (including faithful) Catholics paying attention. Frances Kissling, president of Catholic for s Free Choice, write “Almost no one is looking to the bishops for guidance on concraception, sexuality and law making, and if the bishops continute making pronouncements such as those issued this week in Baltimore, theyr will find themselves increasingly isolated.”
As for the strictures on gays, does anyone seriously believe that a loving God created upwards of ten per cent of the human race to be intrinsically disordeed? The very idea beggars belief. In fact it is not hard to make the case the bishops are right up there with some of the most homophobic groups on the planet.
Finally the bishop who developed these guidelines stated that gay Catholics who are not celibate and married Catholics who use artificial birth control should not received Holy Communion. Will this develop a new cadre of conservative spies in the church whose buinsess it is to inform the authorities on delinquent gays and unfaithful couples?