Just Playing Gay

October 14, 2007

A priest has come out, well sort of. He has come out as a gay fake. Not to be confused with a yestergay, he claims to never have been gay. A gay fake is someone who pretends to be gay for some secret reason they believe with benefit them. Pop culture reinforces the idea that a guy would fake gay to get in good with the ladies. In the real world, this doesn’t happen (not to say it has never happened). So to you Father Stenico, I say use this to your advantage. You’re gay, we all know now, and therefore you are going to lose your priestness. So why not hit the clubs twice as hard, meet some cute boys at are actually over 18, and marshal the gay pride parade next year. Write a scandalous book. Do motivational speaking about your journey. Do something, really anything, but claim to be a totally straight man who hits on boys for educational reasons.

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man said in an interview published Sunday that he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work.

Stenico was suspended by the Vatican after he was caught on tape making sexual advances at a young man.

In an interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico said he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about “those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity.”

Stenico is a top official in the Vatican’s Congregation of the Clergy. The Vatican acted after officials recognized Stenico’s office in the background of a television program on gay priests that was broadcast on Oct. 1 on La7, a private Italian TV network.

Stenico was secretly filmed making advances to a young man and asserting that gay sex was not sinful. In the Repubblica interview, Stenico said he had met with the young man and pretended to talk about homosexuality “to better understand this mysterious and faraway world which, by the fault of a few people — among them some priests — is doing so much harm to the Church.”

He said he had never been gay and was heterosexual, but remained faithful to his vow of celibacy.


Have you been a bad Catholic today?

September 24, 2007

Have you been a bad Catholic today? I think even the best of us make mistakes or do things we know are wrong because they are easy. I don’t believe in perfect people, because if you were perfect you wouldn’t be a person. I came across an article that supports my views. The article shows that even a pope can be a bad Catholic occasionally. I wouldn’t normally present to you a story concerning religion in any way other than defending religious freedom, but a Time Magazine article really struck me.

Some of you may know that I am an apathetic Catholic at best. I disagree with huge portions of the religion, I think the organization of the church is shady and oft corrupt, and I only go to church on holidays and to keep the family happy. But I also believe no one really has the knowledge to disprove or disparage any religion. I also think organized religion is a good path to teaching children about morality and distinguishing right from wrong. And I believe the Catholic Church does a lot of good for the world through the massive amount of Catholic charity. I believe in science, in reason, in justice, and in the potential goodness of mankind. I am not willing to say I don’t believe in God, but I am not willing to say I do either at this point in my life. Everyone has to get right with themselves on the issues of spirituality, faith, morality, and religion. To each their own.

The controversial article provides an argument that the late Pope John Paul the Second was euthanized. The suggestion is that the pontiff refused a feeding tube that would have prolonged his life. The problem is if this is true that would violate Catholic principles. Why I find this interesting is that the pope is infallible in the Catholic faith. Now that does not mean a pope is not capable of committing or responsible for sin. What it means is that he can declare things as a matter of doctrine to be correct or incorrect. So the pope’s opinion can be used to set precedent for the doctrine that governs the billion or so Catholics in the world. If it is true, does that mean euthanasia is acceptable?

I think individuals have to make the call for themselves, but for me I believe people who are going to die, particularly in slow or painful ways, should be entitled to terminate their own lives. I wonder where everyone else falls on this issue, particularly the candidates. I am sure I could look up their official views, but I want to know what they would do if it was someone in their own family.

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