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on being queer [Apr. 20th, 2005|09:19 pm]
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"Above all, we must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people."

-Cardinal Ratzinger, 2004

[User Picture]From: elspeth
2005-04-21 11:54 am (UTC)
Ah yes. The way to make any sort of oppression seem like you're really trying to be a helpful, considerate Christian. You're doing it for their own good.

I remember reading about how some thought black people, or women even, needed to be beaten for their own good.

And heretics needed to be burned at the stake to save their souls.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2005-04-21 02:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's about trying to be helpful, and I think it's a far cry from beatings or stakings. I think that the concept of homosexuality as an *identity* is a fairly modern invention, and as such, presents a very confusing theological construct. It, along with much of modernity, presents challenges to the concept of procreation as a necessity for social cohesion.

A challenge which began from within the church, since they have made priests celibate.
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[User Picture]From: gen
2005-04-21 02:33 pm (UTC)
Nobody's going to read this in context, alas. But thank you for posting this quote.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2005-04-21 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not reading it in context, either: I found the snippet in USA Today. Although, I did follow up with reading the 1986 letter, On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.
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