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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 27, 2005

Where do we send the candygrams?

"Witch hunts and gay bashing have no place in the Church," writes USCCB President Bishop William Skylstad, who informs us in the same column, "There are many wonderful and excellent priests in the Church who have a gay orientation, are chaste and celibate, and are very effective ministers of the Gospel."

We all like to learn of "wonderful and excellent priests," Excellency. Tell us whom you have in mind. Name a dozen or so.

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  • Posted by: Novus744 - Oct. 28, 2005 2:25 PM ET USA

    I'm really wondering why the LEFT isn't making a much bigger deal over the Church's teaching that being "gay" means that you are intrinsically disordered. It would solve a lot of misunderstandings...

  • Posted by: - Oct. 28, 2005 10:59 AM ET USA

    "There are many wonderful and excellent priests in the Church who have a gay orientation, are chaste and celibate, and are very effective ministers of the Gospel." I suppose that we should just hope and pray that they don't fall off the wagon and start chasing boys (it's quite o.k., Bishop, we don't mind paying for it!)..and never pay thought to the notion that their altered "orientation" may alter the way the way we think they might minister us (because, I guess, we're not supposed to think!)

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Oct. 27, 2005 11:07 PM ET USA

    If they are already ordained and they are chaste and celibate then we don't want to know which of them has a "gay orientation." Having said that ... as soon as their gay orientation creeps out of the closet let the hammers fall.

  • Posted by: Lucius - Oct. 27, 2005 9:13 PM ET USA

    The more I read observations from Bishop Skylstad, the more I realize that he is not the man for the job. Again there is this certitude about the excellent, dedicated, celibate gay priests. The facility with which Bishop Skylstand makes this assertion, if not wishful thinking, is evidence of the visibility of the networks which are part of the problem.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 27, 2005 7:00 PM ET USA

    Oh...and the quote just struck me. "Witch hunts...have no place in the Church?" You mean we should let the witches stay in the closet, too?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 27, 2005 6:58 PM ET USA

    ...and while you're naming the dozen or so priests Diogenes asks for, how about naming, say, half a dozen bishops? And throw in a cardinal or three, won't you, please, Your Grace?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 27, 2005 2:09 PM ET USA

    "Don't ask, don't tell."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 27, 2005 1:01 PM ET USA

    “…the statement will be nuanced and balanced.” Exactly what the Church needs, Your Excellency, more nuance. BTW: I’m constantly amazed at how many Catholics (especially clerics) seem to think the Church began with the Second Vatican Council, as though every council and every declaration by every Pope before it was rendered null and void in 1965. If VCII proponents want to take credit for what is good in today’s Church, then surely they know where to assign blame for all things gone wrong.

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