Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tactics we DON'T support: ChurchOuting.com

Iglesia Descalza does not agree with the Church's positions on homosexuality or mandatory celibacy and we certainly are as scandalized as any Catholic by sexual abuse or other misuses of clerical power.

This being said, we don't think that a Web site that encourages parishioners to out their priests -- whether homosexual or involved in an illicit heterosexual affair -- is the way to go. The Web site in question, ChurchOuting.com, was founded by DC area gay activist Phil Attey. It states its objective up front:

This site was created to provide you with the opportunity to save LGBT youth from the hypocrisy of priests in the Archdiocese of Washington who are socially, romantically or sexually active gay men, yet stand silent while Archbishop Wuerl and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops increase their dogmatic war against gay families. If you have information that a priest in the Archdiocese is gay (or having a heterosexual affair) please share your story.
Although we find it a little strange to actually be on the same side of an issue as Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, Iglesia Descalza believes that priests are human beings who have a right to privacy as long as their activities are merely sinful (per Church teachings and regulations...this is not to be read as any sort of personal moral judgement) and not illegal (e.g. a sexual relationship with a minor or engaging the services of a prostitute).

Catholics who are concerned about their priest's activities should talk to the priest in question. If the problem cannot be resolved, then you go to the bishop or religious superior, but only if you have sufficient evidence that the priest really is engaged in immoral behavior. Nobody should be ratting on their priest in a public forum unless they have exhausted all internal Church remedies for handling a situation and only if it is a situation that threatens the public welfare (i.e. not a relationship between two single consenting adults).

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