I thought this was really interesting. I’m honestly sick of hearing the liberal and progressive wings of the Church polarize on ideological values. I’m sick of homosexuality being blamed.
I ask everyone to read this account and ask yourself what would happen in a seminary if things were co ed and we were just expected to never reveal our sexual feelings? We were to pretend to be asexual? We were never to discuss a thing about sexuality with each other? How chaste would heterosexuals be?
Because frankly, we don’t support homosexuals in chastity. We teach repression rather than chastity. We teach innocense and inexperience instead of virtue. We have to stop giving false appearences, putting up facades and recognize that what the actual Catechism says about chastity.
" "There are sick, broken, power hungry, scared men on both sides of the “liberal/traditional” Catholic fence. We have to stop blaming differences of opinion about things like guitar music at mass vs. the use of a pipe organ as the source of the problem. Priests who celebrate the Tridentine mass are often guilty of abusing their power. Priests who couldn’t care less about their choice of vestments are too. Some priests who preach against gay marriage are having gay sex. Some priests who preach acceptance of all people are having gay sex too. A particular priest who ended up sexually assaulting me, after rambling on about his love for the Tridentine Mass, responded to my question of how this results in anyone’s greater holiness and well-being with, “It doesn’t. That’s not the point.”
What is? The mystery and nostalgia hit evokes a time when priests would never have been suspected of anything, and the word gay just meant “happy.”
Conservatives have for decades now been scapegoating the Second Vatican Council for every problem to hit the planet, and this is no exception. It’s simply not the case. No side is innocent, and no display of liturgical, theological, or ideological extremism is a sign of a priest’s well-being."