More Neuhaus

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 01, 2005

Neuhaus has some pointed remarks on an article called "Gay Adolescents in Catholic Schools" by Robert Mattingly, S.J., of Washington's Gonzaga College High School:

Mattingly acknowledges the perils encountered by gay adolescents and cites familiar findings: the suicide rate is five times higher for such adolescents; their suicide attempts are much more lethal; 40 percent of homeless teens are homosexual, many of them engaged in prostitution; homosexual teens are three times as likely to engage in alcohol and drug abuse, and account for 60 percent of new HIV cases among fifteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds. Why is the gay life so grim? Without a hint of nuance, Mattingly asserts the standard line: "Self-destructive behaviors are not intrinsic to being homosexual but they flow from the external negative reaction to it, which then becomes internalized." In other words, whatever is wrong with homosexuality is the fault of those who think there is something wrong with homosexuality. ...

Adolescents caught up in the ambiguities of sexual desire need loving guidance and support -- and clear moral teaching. It is an extreme act of cruelty to teach an adolescent boy or girl that one's disordered desires define one's identity, and thereby encourage young people to enter a grim gay world in the hope that, if enough do so, it will somehow abolish "the external negative reaction" to homosexuality.

This is a sure way to place children at risk in a sociological gamble that will almost certainly fail. To be sure, people have become more "accepting," or at least less publicly censorious, of homosexuals and homosexuality in recent years. But it is true of almost all parents that they do not want their children to be gay, and they do not want teachers encouraging them to assume a gay identity. That will almost certainly not change, and for very good reasons, including their conviction that homosexual acts are morally wrong, the hope that their children will be spared the miseries attending a gay lifestyle, and their desire for grandchildren.

Mattingly's article appeared not, as you surmised, in the Washington Blade, but in Momentum, the official publication of the National Catholic Educational Association. Remember that at second collection time.

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  • Posted by: sparch - Apr. 04, 2005 9:46 AM ET USA

    Homosexuals and those who support it fail to realize that the case presented for genetics being the reason for their proclivity has been shown over the years to be undefensible. Clearly, it a choice that these individuals make because they are greatly confused about themselves and their role in society. They have no connection to the natural law that governs our existance. They need our prayers and help.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2005 6:27 PM ET USA

    The harder they try the behinder they get. Listen to non-school public high school conversations. Even with all the super graphical/detailed sex training and propagandizing they get, they know how abnormal homosexuality is. Rabid political correctness measures just put the real conversations under the table. The homosexual boosters (public and clerical) aren't fooling anyone. They're skinning the public through the IRS and the chancery office. When the retribution comes it won't be pretty.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2005 6:24 PM ET USA

    More of the visible evidence: Now, there's a manly Jesuit for you. The article includes the obvious: the poor fellow's province is solidly behind him.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2005 6:20 PM ET USA

    I'll have to take your word for it; the visible evidence strongly suggests otherwise. Also, I have a friend -- now exuberantly homosexual, pity him -- who left the Society several years ago after almost ten years. He was disgusted by the unfettered homosexual conduct by Jesuits of the California Province. He himself places the percentage of homosexuals in the SJ at approximately 70%, most of them unchaste. His dismissal from the Society, faxed to him from Rome, was a happy day indeed.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Apr. 01, 2005 3:38 PM ET USA

    Although there is a strong gay subculture among northamerican Jesuits it is not a majority, especially in latin america. There needs to be more external pressure on the Society so that the gutless or compromised superiors do something. Other point: Bob Mattingly is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I suspect that someone put him up to writing the article or actually penned it. Think lavander mafia.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2005 12:43 PM ET USA

    The Society of Jesus is indefeasibly lost; it now functions largely as a gay advocacy group. An appropriate sanction would be shunning.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2005 11:19 AM ET USA

    Which second collection? I haven't heard of one expressly for the NCEA.