Today I had the following letter published in the Montreal Gazette:

It is difficult to understand why Pope Benedict would choose Christmas week to launch another broadside against the way gay people live.

According to the Pope “saving” humanity from homosexual behaviour is as important as saving the rain forests. So what are homosexuals supposed to do? Remain celibate until they die? We know better now how difficult maintaining celibacy is even with vows. Or should homosexuals try to change into heterosexuals? That is even more absurd.

I’m a Catholic but I do not accept this homophobic teaching. Neither do my friends. It seems to me speaking up is one way to change it.

Neil McKenty


Do you agree?


  1. 1
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    The worst that could happen is for you to be excommunicated. Long live freedom of expression.
    I agree with you.

  2. 2
    Cate McB Says:

    Neil, in my view, the worst thing that could happen is that you would stay communicated, but lose your humanity, the very vehicle through which the Sacred lives & moves. And let’s face it, even if you were to be excommunicated, you would be in such good company!!!

    Happy New Year to all!

  3. 3
    Jim Says:

    Excommunicating someone without a hearing is an act of facism. Was it Sinclair Lewis who said when facism comes to the US it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
    It seems to me when one is “ex-d” nothing changes. Who else knows?
    I wonder what God has to say about this act of stupidity? Methinks God “ex-ed” the church the day the pope of the day cranked up the “Sacred Congregation of the Universal Inquisition” which went about murdering thousands of people. Yep, it’s still around. Now known as the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”. Since when does the pope have the authority to degrade people. I thought his job was to walk with the sinners as Jesus did. Imagine Jesus coming back and paying B16 a visit. Would He ask him “why are you decked out as if your Shirley Temple?”

  4. Good morrow, all!
    Jesus was criticized by the Pharisees of his day for hanging out with publicans, tax collectors, fishermen and prostitutes. I can well imagine there might have been one or two gay people in his entourage. What did he say? Stuff like: Get the log out of your eye before worrying about the mote in your brother’s eye. Or: Judge not, lest ye be judged. Or: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
    The Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church (Inc.) are the Pharisees of today, along with their fundie bretheren in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If Jesus was comfortable with his homies, we are bound by his example to seek to be at peace with the same kinds of people, INCLUDING GAY PEOPLE, PEOPLE! Just because you don’t happen to KNOW any gay people, doesn’t mean they don’t exist, or that they’re not really people, or that they have no rights. No, I’m not going to trot our the should-be-dead-and-buried cliche, “Some of my best friends are…” Bennie and the Jets, or should I correct that to read as His Holiness and The Curia, already defend the indefensible, by not routing out and excommunicating the pedophiles in their midst, or in their charge. Let them pull that log out of their eyes, before worrying about the speck of gay members of society in our eyes.
    Father Andrew Greeley was once asked, if he continued to be so critical of the Church, why he simply did not leave. His reply was, “I love the Church, I simply cannot abide the people who are running it.” Amen, Brother, er, I mean, Father…CTZen

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Homosexuality was, is, and always will be part of the human condition.

    According to Wikipedia, scientific estimates on the frequency of homosexuality as a percentage of the entire population range from >1% to 10%.

    Whatever the number actually is, it is there. What is curious to me is the utter lack of guidance on this subject in the so-called “holy books” of mankind. Whether it is the Vedas, the Bible, the Koran, or whatever, there’s not much that specifically spells out whether its good or bad.

    So when the Pope comes out with a comment like he did, I think he would be on firmer ground if the holy books — any holy book, for that matter — spelled out in an unambiguous manner that this or that activity is acceptable or not.

  6. 6
    exposrip Says:

    Who is the Neil guy?

  7. 7
    Chimera Says:

    Wow, Neil! Very impressive letter! Bravo!


  8. Good morrow, all!
    What do gay people not do that straight people do?
    1. Breed. It takes reproduction to maintain the support base of any religion, since conversion is so haphazard. That is why birth control of any kind is anathema to the major religions. Good Jews, or Christians, or Muslims, are born, not converted. It is much easier to indoctrinate a toddler than an adult.
    2. Tithe. Since gays are not welcome in most churches, when the plate comes around, they are not there to chip in. Since many gays are smart and relatively wealthy professionals, this represents an untappable source of financial support for those denominations who condemn homosexuality.
    3. Volunteer. If anybody in a congregation were discovered to be gay, any activism on their part in support of the church would be nullified, and that person would likely be ostracized. Given that many gays these days are active in community efforts of one kind or another, the church finds itself shunning a strongly dedicated group of people.
    What might happen if, all of a sudden, the world’s major religions were to welcome gays into their communities? Albeit that gays represent a small minority throughout the citizenry, it would still unleash an incredible amount of energy in support of these religions. Not to mention immediate improvement in the dressing and grooming habits of straight male church supporters.
    The War on Teh Ghey is about as sensible as the War on Drugs.
    In a sensible world, women would be ordained, gays would be welcomed into church communities, many drugs would be legalized, and war would be outlawed. WE should only live so long. CTZen

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    Peter LeBlanc Says:

    the Church condemms homosexuality from a moral point of view, without exception.

    The homosexual community, advocates homosexuality from a moral point of view without exception.

    Sounds a little bit like Hamas and the Israeli Government.

    We need new creative voices to challenge these rigid positions.
    I believe they are in both the Gay Community and the Church Community.

  10. 10

    Good morrow, Peter!
    “The Church condemns homosexuality from a moral point of view, without exception.” Interesting choice of words, considering the Church’s track record regarding anybody who disagrees with it.
    The Crusades. The Inquisition. The Holocaust (if nothing more than compliant silence, certainly nothing less) Not to mention pedophile priests, and the bishops who protect them. Yep, real fine examples they’ve set throughout history. Real inspiring…
    “The homosexual community, advocates homosexuality from a moral point of view without exception.” It is only recently that the gay “community” has caught on to the idea of organizing into a “community.” What gays advocate as a “community” is, more or less, to be left the hell alone, to not be discriminated against based on how they keep warm at night. Moral point of view? In whose estimation, and by what standard of measurement?
    Oh, wait, now I remember. How gays rallied, marched across Asia, and slaughtered Orthodox Christians and Muslims throughout medieval Palestine. How gays tortured and burned heretical straights at the stake, in order to save their souls (“he refuses to color-coordinate! Burn the breeder!”) How gays threatened heretical scientists (“we have ways to make you decorate your home properly”). Then there was the Straight Question, wasn’t there? After all, the dirty Breeders controlled all the banks, and the media, and kept the Fabulous from their Destiny!
    The only moral question that should arise is, “How do we treat one another?” Interesting that many in the so-called “Christian Right” insist that “God Hates Fags.” I will have no truck nor trade with any God who hates anybody. I’m sure you can guess where they can put THAT idea.

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    littlepatti Says:

    I left the Catholic church in 1962, when a priest making house calls, told me that I would “go to hell” for using birth control (the pill). Imagine the effect it had. A priest saying that to a young mother with a handicapped child! No compassion, no guidance, no understanding.
    I was nearly speechless, but managed to say “I’ll see you there for saying that to me”. His name was Father Laframboise, just in case anyone runs into him in H—.
    The Catholic church has not grown* one iota from their narrow-minded views, so it’s no surprise to hear of the Pope’s intolerance about sexuality.
    Oh, excuse me. *Catholics can now eat meat on Fridays, …etc.

    PS, My God is bigger than all that.

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