Damn those oppressive charities that give food to poor people or help educate children in Africa.
Sure they do those things, but how many of them actually care? how many aren't just doing it so they don't get ostrasized by the community? And what about the fact that you have to oppress your own desires just to conform and make some religion and religious figure happy meanwhile you are dying on the inside?
Sure they do those things, but how many of them actually care? how many aren't just doing it so they don't get ostrasized by the community?
O_o What are you talking about?
Originally Posted by bbgenderless600
And what about the fact that you have to oppress your own desires just to conform and make some religion and religious figure happy meanwhile you are dying on the inside?
Honestly, on both your points... if they don't want do it whatever it is they're doing then they should leave or they shouldn't have signed up in the first place. Nobody's forced to do anything. You don't wake up one day and find out someone decided you're a priest now and you can now longer have fun. They came to that decision on their own, voluntarily. You also go to school for years on the theology and the priesthood. I think they're fully aware of what they're getting into.
I had a relative who was a priest. He truly loved what he did.
There are indeed problems with the Church and I hope there's one day some change in their law (change in doctrine, not happening). But I don't see them as an oppressive force or impeding human rights like another poster did (although, I suppose you could extrapolate that one a bit into a cause and effect scenario onto the AIDS crisis in Africa, for instance). But, largely a force of good in needed of some repair and updating to increase their relevancy in the West.
That was a very vague article. I don't understand the blackmail aspect at all. And how does theft enter into it?
Or why this would cause him to step down?
And... this is La Repubblica, they're like the Italian National Enquirer. XD So, I don't really trust them to have some groundbreaking scoop here.
I think the idea is that anyone who knew that there were gay people in the church's higher ranks could extort money from them to keep quiet because the church doesn't want it getting out that there are gays in the church. Presumably, these gay clergymen would only be found out by, you know, "having relations" which is also something the church is against in general. I would guess that money was being taken from the coffers to pay off blackmailers. Or maybe there are other nefarious things the church is doing with its money separate from this. That wouldn't surprise me either.
I think the idea of him stepping down is to give lots of these others a chance to step down, too, and help sweep all of these scandals under the rug. Also it lets him get away before too many more scandals break.