The shame of the Catholic workplace

  • Article by: Jim Smith
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Even as the pope moderates, discriminatory practices continue.

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bogie246Sep. 29, 13 7:56 PM

I wish the Church would haven discriminated against the priests who found young males attractive and abused them for years. The same people who attacked the church for allowing that to happen are now attacking it for ridding itself of the same types. The Church has rules, employes people at will and should protect itself. That is all it is doing.

scrutineerSep. 29, 13 8:15 PM

"Responding in August to questions about gay priests, Pope Francis said: 'If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?'"

The mainstream media reported this remark out of context, due to the media's pro-homosexual agenda. Pope Francis was referring to those who experienced same-sex attraction but were living chastely.

omnipresentSep. 29, 13 8:22 PM

"Equally Blessed coalition"--what a wonderful name, Jim Smith! Do your by-laws allow straight women to join your coalition? In my opinion women, too, are equally blessed but, like lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, have been subject to discrimination in the Catholic church for centuries and in the wider world for millennia.

bigdukesixSep. 29, 13 9:10 PM

I'm not surprised that the Strib would choose to publish a piece by a guy who's got an ax to grind with the Catholic Church. They were clearly on the opposite side of the church on the homosexual marriage debate. The bottom line is that the church is opposed to the homosexual lifestyle and enforces that in its employment policies. Don't like it? Don't work there.

chuckdancerSep. 29, 13 9:23 PM

There have always been and always will be homosexual Catholics that work in church organizations. Nobody can deny that God made every one of them.

shushyn78Sep. 29, 1310:18 PM

Just curious, are there homosexual teachers and administrators in the local Muslim schools? Somehow, I just don't believe there would be any negative press toward them and their lack of inclusiveness.

honeybooSep. 29, 1311:11 PM

Surviews reveal that the Church is elbow-deep in gay priests (some estimates place gays at >65% of clergy; the same of religious orders of nuns). This is a contrived issue, only because the Pontiff is towing the party line. In fact, it could be aurgued that the Church is a de facto welcoming place for gays to work.

goferfanzSep. 29, 1311:57 PM

What shame? The Church simply enforces its values and doctrines. Employees could find a church that shares their values. I agree with the previous poster, some other religions have far, far more hostility toward the LGBT life choices. This is tiresome.......

scrutineerSep. 30, 13 5:54 AM

What “moderation” is the author talking about? Pope Francis just defrocked and excommunicated an Australian priest, Gregory Reynolds, who supported so-called "marriage equality" and the “ordination of women”.

bizsmithSep. 30, 13 6:26 AM

Some of the commenters still refer to homosexuality as a lifestyle. When I believed that, I admit I was as homophobic as anyone.


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