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still a mystery

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 17, 2005

Turns out it is rocket science.

JUDY VALENTE: Father Robert Silva is president of a national organization of priests.

JUDY VALENTE: How can anyone determine with certainty that a man is a homosexual?

REV. ROBERT SILVA: You can't, going in and saying, "This man is a homosexual," I just think that that's impossible to do.

JUDY VALENTE: Given the current state of research.

REV. ROBERT SILVA: Exactly.

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  • Posted by: Sir William - Nov. 20, 2005 3:01 PM ET USA

    "You can't, going in and saying, "This man is a homosexual," I just think that that's impossible to do." Contrast this with the article preceeding it re seminaries in LA where the tendencies, as it were, were rather obvious to all who happened to find a few having activity time in the bathroom etc. While it isn't possible to read the hearts and minds of every seminarian, I'm sure that "actions will speak louder than words." Trusting Scripture, "you shall know them by their fruit."

  • Posted by: - Nov. 19, 2005 9:22 PM ET USA

    "How can anyone determine with certainty that a man is a homosexual?" A hint: look for the ones holding one hand behind the back, with fingers crossed, at ordination.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 18, 2005 4:54 PM ET USA

    The chalkboard picture is worth a thousand words: For the seminary? Hey man, back to the drawing board.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 18, 2005 1:05 PM ET USA

    Rather disconcerting.... That is.... not to be able to tell who anybody is.... maybe even ourselves... I wonder what he thinks about "sheep" and "goats?"

  • Posted by: Novus744 - Nov. 17, 2005 8:13 PM ET USA

    I recently read of a priest, who, when confronted with a similar problem in which someone walked up to him and said, "I think I'm a homosexual," simply told the man that he wasn't gay, but was rather a straight man with a homosexual problem. And I think that's where the key is-you just can't back down from the traditional teaching that homosexuality is intrinsically disordered. If men were meant to be gay, God would have created a way to use that. There is absolutely no advantage to being gay.

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