So the Vatican has issued a document on a Catholic news website qualifying its position on homosexual priests. Men who have deep-rooted homosexual tendencies need not apply. But the church is quibbling. You can be a priest if you have transitory homosexual tendencies that last only for three years or less. Its the hardcore homosexualsthose sustaining a gay culture who will be barred from taking the vow.
Reminds me of Clintons Dont Ask, Dont Tell. Truly, this is theater of the absurd.
Im wondering who came up with the three year thingy. Cant you see the somber group, sitting around in some musty old, candle lit garret? One of them says, Look, lets give them a period of time when they can experiment, say for about a year to see if the scourge has really taken root.
No, another says, I needed longer than that to get it out of my system.
Well, about three years.
Look, the bottom line is that we have to be celibate.
My, my, my. All this equivocating reminds me of leadership at so many levels. Not just the politics of the Catholic Church. But politics as usual. The corruption. Its everywhere.
Look at Cunningham. Delay. Scooter. Cheney. Why, the President himself. He used Dont Ask, Dont Tell in a different sort of way to work his plan to invade Iraq and take out the man who tried to kill my daddy. Dont ask the real questions about evidence to wage a war. Dont tell all that we knowthe reasons we shouldnt go to war.
Who gives a damn if there are gay priests and gay soldiers? Let them do their jobs. Its when they exploit their positions that they become a HUGE problem and an embarrassment to their church or country. If a priest abuses a child, he should be tried as a criminal. He is a criminal. If a soldier sexually humiliates or tortures a prisoner, he should be held accountable. If the President or Rummy, or Cheney, or any of the guys who are so enamored of their power that they think they are immune from prosecution abuse the authority weve entrusted to them, we should put them in handcuffs and fingerprint them. No one should be above the law. Not a priest, shrouded by secrecy, or a President, hiding behind executive privilege.
If you commit the crime, no matter how important you are, even if your name is Bush and you are part of a dynasty, revered almost as much as the Catholic Church, you must stand before the people who elected you and face their judgment.
Were giving priests three years to see if they have those transitory tendencies. We know George Bushs tendencies. And they are not transitory. With Bush we have a war culture. Endless war. And like the pedophile priests who abuse the most innocent of their flock, Bush is exploiting our young men and women in uniform. And the people of Iraq. If a priest sustains an active gay life, that is an impediment to the fulfilling of his duty. If a President continues war after war after war when the electorate is saying, No more, then his actions are an impediment to the fulfillment of his oath of office.
Missy Comley Beattie lives in NY City. Her nephew was recently killed in Iraq