Bit late, but I wanted to comment on this one. According to USATODAY.com, Archbishop Timothy Nolan (
Grand Wizard head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) is putting pressure on President Obama to try and stop his senseless rush towards tolerance and civil rights for gays.
Dolan said the bishops are especially upset that the administration and opponents of DOMA are framing their argument as a civil rights issue, which he said equates “opposition to redefining marriage with either intentional or willfully ignorant racial discrimination.”
Right, because framing is something that only conservatives are allowed to do, for example by pretending to “defend marriage” and by refusing to address gay marriage as anything other than an attempt to “redefine” it.
Why can’t Catholic archbishops tell the truth about what they hate and what they’re doing to try and stop it? Simple: the Church is using sex to sustain Christianity, and they’re scared to death of losing control of it. That’s why they always refer to THEIR definition of marriage as THE definition of marriage. As soon as there’s any competition for the Catholic definition of marriage, the Church loses an important competitive advantage. They’ve spent literally thousands of years training people to assume that the Church controls their access to sexual fulfillment, and that only the church can provide them with a legitimate outlet for their sexual desires, through the “sacrament” of marriage. Break this monopoly, and disaster ensues, because without the threat of sexual frustration, what’s left to draw people into the faith? The Holy Spirit? Gimme a break!
To call the archbishop’s homophobia mere “bigotry” is to let him off easy. It’s bigotry, true enough, but it’s not just bigotry. This is all about control. The Church has had society’s genitals gripped firmly in its hand for a couple millennia, and they’re not inclined to let go. In a way, their own survival depends on it. They can’t just give in and accept gay marriage, even among non-Christians, because their power over society depends on sexual blackmail. As soon as people can find legitimate sexual fulfillment outside the Church, the Church loses its last remaining hold over society.
It’s a grave they’ve dug for themselves. By following the lead of their homophobic patriarchs and prophets, and identifying God as the source for their desire to wipe out homosexuality, they’ve committed themselves to a path of intolerant dogma that cannot be amended or improved without sacrificing the foundations on which the Church is built. Even when society is drifting away from them, even when rank-and-file Catholics are losing respect for the Church due to their obvious bigotry and duplicity, they can’t stop. The conflict is not between Church and State but between Church and society. A bigoted few, in positions of power, are promoting hatred and discrimination in the name of Jesus, and that’s not going to do God’s health any good at all.