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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 20, 2006

NACDLGM (pronounced, I think, NAM-bla) is the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries. Its 2006 National Convention was held in Brooklyn last month. The keynote speaker took as his point of departure the leprosy code from Leviticus 13:

Remember this is not just the leprosy we now know as Hanson's disease; this is a purity prescription for any dermatological abnormality. To become ritually impure, to be "sick" in the Israel of old not only meant you were different, but that you were to be shunned socially. You became, to use some modern parlance, weird, different, strange, a stranger, somehow queer. These people were impure in the most fundamental sense of the word. They were disordered, some might say "oriented toward evil," perverted, an abomination before the Lord and the community. Does that language sound vaguely familiar? Some strange notions of purity are still very much alive in our own church.

What notions do you suppose he might have in mind?

The Old Testament never refers to lepers as weird, different, strange, queer, disordered, perverted, or abominations -- still less as "oriented toward evil." Yet it suits the speaker's purposes that the Israelites be made out to be malicious as well as biologically ignorant. So, he just warps the historical reality until -- presto! -- this fictive moral malice is transformed into something "familiar."

As it happens, our highly creative keynoter is the same man who urged us last March to "let this Lent be a Brokeback Lent." Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.

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  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 26, 2006 1:37 PM ET USA

    Gil, The use of the pronoun "he" in my last sentence was intentionally vague. To be honest, I am not certain who would smell better.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Oct. 24, 2006 9:07 AM ET USA

    Here’s an ironic coincidence; the New York Times is reporting this morning, “With affordable AIDS drugs arriving in many poor countries, experts say a startling and worrisome side effect has emerged: in some patients, the treatment uncovers a hidden leprosy infection.” Or is it coincidence?

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Oct. 23, 2006 12:44 PM ET USA

    Leprosy is a Biblical type (example) of public sin. Lev 13 teaches that those suffering from leprosy (engaged in public sin) must be removed from the camp (community) until they are healed (repent), or die. It also teaches that we must not make rash judgments about the leper (sinner) but must examine them closely to ensure that the problem is truly leprosy. To do otherwise is to place the whole community at risk. Our "tolerance" of the evils of the world will end up causing our own destruction.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2006 9:25 AM ET USA

    Fr. Loftus, like so many other homapologists, twists at reality until it looks like a Mobius strip. It's not the condition of SSA that's at issue, it's the BEHAVIOR of those who experience it. Notice that Loftus et. al. never speak about the behavior, only the condition. It's as if either (a) those who have SSA never act out on it (they're all chaste), or (b) acting out is a necessary part of having SSA. As some have said previously, Loftus wants us to focus on the sinnER, not the sin.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 21, 2006 1:29 PM ET USA

    So the good priest(?) is sin friendly. One of the primary considerations to be made when when dealing with a sinner is :Are you sorry? and the next is : Have you resolved never to do thie again? Unfortunately, the Brokeback crowd do not come up with the contrite resolution to avoid the occasions of sin and to change. They just gayly skip along excusing their proclivities to nature or some such biological slip of nature. Get back with the program. Follow Church teaching.

  • Posted by: Italiana - Oct. 21, 2006 8:53 AM ET USA

    Notice how Fr. Loftus' homily descends into evil.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2006 5:29 PM ET USA This is an article in a back issue of NCR regarding the Rahner/Rinser relationship, if anyone is interested.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 20, 2006 4:33 PM ET USA

    RPP, the antecedent for "he" in your last sentence is not clear. Do you mean the subject of Diogenes' comment or the sad shabby man mumbling to himself as he staggers down the street smells better?

  • Posted by: rpp - Oct. 20, 2006 12:17 PM ET USA

    The strong desire for acceptance is common among those who suffer from the serious psychiatric problem fo sexual deviancy. They know deep inside they are not normal, yet they want to force their abnormality on others. Like the schizophrenic who insists the voices and hallucinations are real and forces others to listen to his rants. There is no difference between what this person has to say and what the sad shabby man mumbling to himself as he staggers down the street. He just smells better.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2006 11:56 AM ET USA

    Ignacio, Rahner really did? Well, now that's interesting. He always looked so bloodless. Did the "romance" end with his death or before?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2006 10:15 AM ET USA

    NACDLGM is the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries. NAMBLA is the North American Man-Boy Love Association. NAMIBIA is a country in southern Africa. Hey, we all get confused sometimes.............................

  • Posted by: - Oct. 20, 2006 9:39 AM ET USA

    When Ananias went and laid hands on him, Saul must have felt very grateful for being recalibrated and freed from purity codes.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Oct. 20, 2006 8:08 AM ET USA

    Does uncle D know anything about the spiritual father of heterodox appologists and his romance? From an E-mail which is not always the most reliable source: Father Karl Rahner, the progressivist Jesuit who "set the direction for the Second Vatican Council," carried on a secret 22-year "romance" with German writer Luise Rinser.