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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Nov 24, 2003

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Boston's Jesuit Urban Center has been celebrated as the "Best Place to Pick Up a Mate -- Gay" by Boston Magazine, and operates as a kind of Pont Street for gay Jesuit debutantes -- a place for them to polish and showcase their talents (under the wary but generally benevolent oversight of the Archdiocese) before moving on to consolidate their successes elsewhere.

The Boston Globe did a "how were they preaching about gay marriage" survey of Massachusetts churches, and eavesdropped on the Jesuit Urban Center's guest homilist:

At the Jesuit Urban Center at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the South End, the Rev. Thomas J. Regan said the court ruling "raises all sorts of questions about how society and the church will go forward."

"Let us not have any delusions -- the implementation of this ruling has incredible potential to unite or divide us in a variety of ways," said Regan, the head of the Society of Jesus in New England.

John F. Kelly, a parish councilor who travels from Dorchester to Immaculate Conception every Sunday, estimated that three-quarters of the parishioners are gay. He said he was pleased by Regan's stance. "He was actually real about it," Kelly said. "He was leaving it up to God, rather than stating his own opinion."

An interesting -- if not entirely surprising -- perspective. A Roman Catholic would have maintained that "leaving it up to God" means following His will, which has been clearly and reliably taught by the Church's magisterium.

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