Friday, September 23, 2005

Catholic Church to ban homosexuals from the priesthood

Does this strike anyone besides me as strange? I mean, we all know the rules: you can't have sex and be a priest. And the Catholic Church doesn't like gay sex. And it doesn't approve of sex for any purpose apart from procreation, for that matter. This should come as news to no one, right? Okay.

So, that said: isn't this rule kind of redundant? Sure, homosexuals can't be priests, but for that matter, neither can heterosexuals or bisexuals or anything-o-sexuals. "Celibate" means "not having sex at all," so by definition, if you're celibate, then you don't even *have* a sexual orientation. You might as well suggest to a vegetarian that he avoid red meat.

The only explanation for this that I can come up with is that it's just a move to make homosexuals feel even more loathed by the Church. I've long heard the old maxim "Love the sinner, hate the sin," but it seems that this superficially redundant gesture is designed to fling hate at both.

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