Friday, May 02, 2008

The Vatican vs. Gertrude Stein (Part XIV)

THE VATICAN: The phenomenon of homosexuality, complex as it is, and with its many consequences for society and ecclesiastic life, is a proper focus for the Church's pastoral care. Explicit treatment of the problem was given in this Congregation's "Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics." That document stressed the duty of trying to understand the homosexual condition and noted that culpability for homosexual acts should only be judged with prudence. In the discussion which followed the publication of the Declaration, however, an overly benign interpretation was given to the homosexual condition itself, some going so far as to call it neutral, or even good. It is not. Nevertheless, increasing numbers of people today, even within the Church, are bringing enormous pressure to bear on the Church to accept the homosexual condition as though it were not disordered and to condone homosexual activity.

GERTRUDE STEIN: There is no pope.

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