... the Catholic Church continues to teach that homosexual acts are "acts of grave depravity" (CCC, par. 2357) and that homosexual desires are "objectively disordered" (CCC, par 2358):
There have been many last straws for Richard Iandoli.
He was stung when his church’s hierarchy disparaged adoptions by gay couples, when his church emerged as a political leader against same-sex marriage, and by the way his church refers to homosexuality as “disordered.’’
Earlier this month, the insult was more personal: The Boston Archdiocese stepped in and postponed an “All are Welcome’’ Mass to commemorate Gay Pride Month at Iandoli’s church, St. Cecilia on Belvidere Street in Boston.
“It hits you in the gut,’’ Iandoli said. And he has wondered: What am I doing here?
Yet, like many gay and lesbian Roman Catholics, Iandoli refuses to walk away from his church, even when he feels that church leaders don’t want him. ...
The church’s position runs so counter to the growing acceptance of same-sex relationships that some gay Catholics say they are more bashful about their religious orientation than their sexuality.
“It was harder for me in my 20s to come out as a Catholic than as a gay person,’’ said Constance Cervone, 54, of Jamaica Plain.
The article, "Worship in the face of rejection" (Boston Globe, June 27, 2011) goes on and on in the same vein, with angry references to "the far-right conservative hierarchy" and the declaration by one man, Domenic Stagno, that "Even though the hierarchy has gone astray from the times of Christ, I’m not going to let them take my church away from me.’’ I've long held the silly belief that the Catholic Church was founded by and belongs to Jesus Christ, and now I learn it is actually the Church of Domenic Stagno. Why didn't someone mention it to me before?
Dave Pierre of TheMediaReport.com notes that this article is just the latest of a series of such pieces in the Globe; he writes:
From all of this coverage in the past few weeks, one would get the impression that the Globe thinks that the Catholic Church is alone in its opposition to gay marriage. Meanwhile, Orthodox Judaism, Islam, and many Protestant churches also hold the same disapproval. The paper has not profiled any of these organizations in the same negative manner, however.
The message from the Globe is clear: gay 'marriage' is good, faithful Catholicism is bad.
(Additional note: There is an interesting element to an accompanying online video to the Globe's front-page piece (Mon., 6/27/11). For the video, the paper interviews two gay men who attend Boston's aforementioned St. Cecilia. Both men not only rail against Church teaching but explicitly say that a main reason that they remain active parishioners is to "change the Church." There's a lot to swallow there. And for serious Catholics, this is somewhat sobering.)