From "The Boston Pilot" (28th. October 2011):

No one has found a “gay gene.” Identical twins are always, of course, the same sex, providing further proof of male and female genes. If there was a gay gene, then when one twin exhibits same-sex attraction, his or her identical sibling should too. But that is not the case. The incidence of finding identical twins with identical same-sex attraction is relatively rare and certainly not anywhere near one hundred percent. Something other than the hardwiring found in the genetic code must explain the variance...

...In other words, the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil. Any time natural disasters occur, we as people of faith look back to Scripture’s account of those angels who rebelled and fell from grace. In their anger against God, these malcontents prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. They continue to do all they can to mar, distort and destroy God’s handiwork. Therefore, whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God. Applying this aspect of Catholic belief to interpret the scientific data makes more sense because it does not place God in the awkward position of blessing two mutually incompatible realities — sexual difference and same-sex attraction. (Daniel Avila)

COMMENT: Well, the devil might explain KJ's behaviour but, to be honest, I tend to find the nuns I know to be far more wicked than the gay people I know - and no devil is going to go anywhere near a nun (demons are far too sensible to risk it).

But there is good news. Public opinion in the US is definitely swinging towards an anti-homophobic stance to such an extent that the Roman Catholic Church is having to bear it in mind.

From THE BOSTON PILOT (today):

A policy adviser to the U.S. bishops has resigned following a controversy over an opinion piece he wrote suggesting that same-sex attraction could be the work of the devil. Daniel Avila, policy adviser for marriage and family to the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage since June 20, offered his resignation Nov. 4 and it was accepted, effective immediately.

Terrence Donilon, spokesman for the Boston Archdiocese, told Catholic News Service the column was pulled because Avila "retracted it and apologized and because it simply should not have been printed/published in The Pilot."

"It is not the position of the archdiocese or the church and is simply wrong," he said in a Nov. 3 email.


GUMBY OF THE DAY — 14 Comments

  1. I get so tired of these people who expose their complete failure to understand fundamental genetics with such regularity.

    But demonizing Teh Gay is becoming very popular in this country, as our opponents become more desperate.

  2. His discussion of identical twins is laughable. What he fails to realize is that in most cases one twin is left handed and the other right handed…which tends to follow that one may be homosexually inclined and the other heterosexually inclined. Though I have to admit, Satan is sexy…

  3. @Renz : What is being entirely misrepresented/ignored by Dr. Avila is that studies ranging back to the 1950’s have shown that identical twins are MUCH more likely for the pair pair to be gay than fraternal twins (50% vs. 22%) which is much more likely than a pair of children who are adopted (11%). Environment plays a role, but the genetics are the dominant factor…just like in Chirality (left/right handedness).

  4. People laugh about the devil and say he doesn’t exist. He exists alright and I happen to know where he lives. Down the street from me. Keeps a very tidy lawn so you wouldn’t suspect anything.

    I stopped him last week and asked him, “Devil, where are you doing most of damage these days?”
    “Homophobia, Boaz.” was his reply. “Got a job coming up in Boston. The bloke’s a real nutter to start with so its mostly a holiday for me.”

  5. Golly! The devil must have homes all over the place, like an international banker. I have seen him in our local Sainsbury’s perusing the Halloween shelf.

  6. It doesn’t matter why people are gay or straight or whatever as long as their relationships are reflections of God’s love for us. The whole nature versus nurture debate is a red herring – a Satanic red herring at that.

  7. KJ, I’ve been rather fond of you but now that I read you’re nice I need to revise my opinion. I have a nice sister. *shudder*

  8. He’s beyond hope, Paul. Years back when OCICBW… was young we all got together and tried to tempt him off the righteous path. But he is incorruptible.

  9. I’ve been following this story ever since the Paulists spoke out against it. We ought not overlook or diminish the facts that (1) they pulled the article and (2) the man . . . “resigned”. . . . and his resignation was accepted “effective immediately”. This is big stuff in the RC church.