Wednesday, November 23, 2005

How Does One Overcome Being Gay?

According to the Catholic Church, you can, "homosexual tendencies are only the expression of a transitory problem ... these must be clearly overcome at least three years prior to diaconate ordination." And it only takes three years! Interesting. I'm guessing that the Vatican hasn't taken any science classes. Do they realize that there are five sexes? Not just male and female?

Let me brief them very quickly:

For some time medical investigators have recognized the concept of the intersexual body. But the standard medical literature uses the term intersex as a catch-all for three major subgroups with some mixture of male and female characteristics: the so-called true hermaphrodites, whom I call herms, who possess one testis and one ovary (the sperm- and egg-producing vessels, or gonads); the male pseudohermaphrodites (the "merms"), who have testes and some aspects of the female genitalia but no ovaries; and the female pseudohermaphrodites (the "ferms"), who have ovaries and some aspects of the male genitalia but lack testes. Each of those categories is in itself complex; the percentage of male and female characteristics, for instance, can vary enormously among members of the same subgroup. Moreover, the inner lives of the people in each subgroupĂ‚¾ their special needs and their problems, attractions and repulsionsĂ‚¾ have gone unexplored by science. But on the basis of what is known about them I suggest that the three intersexes, herm, merm and ferm, deserve to be considered additional sexes each in its own right. Indeed, I would argue further that sex is a vast, infinitely malleable continuum that defies the constraints of even five categories.
(If you would like to read the complete article click here)

The Vatican further condemned homosexuality by releasing a new document:

The new document underlines that church teaching consider homosexual acts "grave sins" and also intrinsically immoral and contrary to natural law, news agncies reported. "Therefore, in no case can they be approved," it says.

I guess they are still missing the part of the five sexes.

Wait, it gets better.

Msgr. Steve Rohlff states:

"It flows obviously from the church's teaching on human sexuality, which has been constant from the First century to the 20th Century -- that homosexuality is an intrinsic disorder. It is a psychosexual disorder."

So, we're still following rules from the first century when science was not anywhere near as prominent as it has been in the modern era.

This is why I reject religion. Who is the Vatican to condemn anyone? Didn't God say not to judge anyone? It's not a psychosexual disorder. Your sex is determined by your chromosomes.

My other question is to the gay men. Why do you want to become priests in a religion that doesn't accept you? Why put yourselves through that torture?

I find that spirituality is something you carry within yourself. I do not need an outside source telling me how I should worship or conduct myself. That is between God and myself. Hey, but that's me. If you choose otherwise that's fine by me. Besides you create your own reality and so do I.

To read the article on the Vatican, click here.


Anonymous said...

You seem to be confusing gender and sexual preference.

The number of genders recognised by some researchers has nothing to do with the morality or otherwise of homosexuality.

You also seem to be suffering from fact-value confusion: science deals with the realm of facts, so its advance means little to value judgements.

Which makes the following comment of yours absurd: "So, we're still following rules from the first century when science was not anywhere near as prominent as it has been in the modern era."

Xia Diaz said...

Actually, gender has a lot to do with sexual preference. What my point is that sexual preference is not as black and white as the Catholic Church makes it out to be. There are many other factors thrown into the equation. To say that it's a psychosexual disorder is unfair and incorrect.

Scientific advance should have an impact on the antihomosexuality stance the Church has. Thinking otherwise is absurd.