Saturday, October 01, 2005

Gay Catholics should leave the Church with their dignity intact


Gay Catholics should abandon the Church that hates them, says GALHA.

The news that the Vatican is to conduct an anti-gay witch hunt in Catholic seminaries around the world is the final straw in the Church’s ongoing persecution of gay people, says the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA).

GALHA is calling on all gay Catholics to leave the Church and thereby stop giving it their financial, moral and practical support.

GALHA secretary George Broadhead commented: “The Pope’s latest insult to gay people should convince gay Catholics once and for all that they are not welcome in the Church, and that eventually they could find themselves being unceremoniously thrown out, just as gay priests will be. They should leave with their dignity intact and ensure that their fellow Catholics understand why they have done so.”

Mr Broadhead said that the Vatican’s continued insulting condemnations of gay people affected not only gay Catholics but all gay people, religious or not. “Whenever the Pope issues his defamatory statements about gays, they are widely reported. They add credence to the idea that it is perfectly alright to despise people because of their sexual orientation, and they legitimise more extreme forms of persecution. The latest purge of seminarians reinforces the spurious idea that all gay men are paedophiles. How any self-respecting gay man or lesbian can continue to support an institution that so patently wishes to hurt them is beyond comprehension."

Mr Broadhead added that he hoped that heterosexual Catholics of goodwill would make clear their own opposition to the Pope’s persecution of gay people and consider abandoning the Church themselves.

(This has been issued as a GALHA news release)


At 8:05 PM, Blogger Marc said...

Anyone with any guts should leave the Catholics. I can't imagine why anyone would want to be associated with the bunch of mindless bigots in the first place.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger GeorgeBroadhead said...

This stance has an interesting precedent.

The Pink Paper's editorial comment (28/4/05) stated: "It's about time that openly gay or lesbian Catholics woke up and smelled the communion wine. Many of them have been kidding themselves that things will get better, that the Church can be changed from within...But the election of Ratzinger, or Benedict XVI as he is now, has to be the final nail in the coffin...Sadly we can expect him to be spewing hate for some time to come. This isn't going to get any better. Catholics who stay in the Church are tacitly supporting Benedict and are only making it easier for him to treat us like second-class citizens."

At 9:08 PM, Blogger Marc said...

Why should the only openly gay leave? I think everyone who has a gay friend (as I do) or a gay family member or even a conscience should up and leave the "church" of catholcism NOW!


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