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Wednesday, June 12, 2002
1:31 PM

This First Things article by Richard John Neuhaus, Scandal Time (Continued) , deserves a blog of its own:

One reason the media began searching for a new story line once the issue moved from pedophilia to homosexuality is, of course, the fear of being accused of homophobia. There was quite a ruckus in March when Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Vatican spokesman, opined that homosexuals "just cannot be ordained." He went so far as to suggest, but did not develop the idea, that homosexuals who had been ordained were not validly ordained, homosexuality being an "impediment" to ordination in the same way that there may be impediments to a valid sacramental marriage. This gets into sticky territory, given confused and conflicting notions about sexual orientation. (See above on the distinction between "homosexual" and "gay.") It seems more than likely that, in centuries past, some priests who have been canonized as saints would meet today's criteria as having a "homosexual orientation." The issue was not then, and should not be today, the nature of the temptations resisted but the fidelity of the resistance....

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