SALETAN ON BENEDICT

Well, it’s great that Will sees the radicalism of Benedict’s new rule with respect to homosexuality. In the past, the gay individual who remained chaste could attain Christian perfection, his orientation was not in itself sinful, gay men and women were worthy of respect and made in the image of God. Under Benedict, homosexuality itself is morally disordered; even chaste homosexuals are a threat to “priestly life”; homosexuals, whatever they do, are threats to society and the Church; the great gay priests of the past, including Mychal Judge or Henri Nouwen, have “no social value.” This is not about hating sin and loving the sinner any more; it’s about hating a segment of humankind, segregating them out for moral censure, and banishing them from moral discourse. It’s about taking the fundamental message of the Gospels and inverting it.

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