I think that unless we know a counter example like the one in the article above, then most Catholics will continue to have an impression that, based on what they read in the media, all (or nearly all) homosexuals baptized Catholic are essentially opposed to the Church's teaching on the matter at one point or another. We that are a bit more “In the Know”with Catholic events of course find this not true.
However, even for us, based on the supposed acceptance (or non-acceptance) of the Church's teaching on birth control, and less so abortion etc, why wouldn't we think that the majority of homosexuals reject the Church's teaching?
Something tells me it is different with homosexuality. Many are secluded or silent. Just as this man states, the reflexive action for a man is to hide homosexual tendencies. Why? It's more than just a fear of being rejected…he feels he won't be validated. Being validated however has been defined differently. My guess is that most Catholic homosexuals have not had the courage (or the need) to go public with their orientation. They prefer to work through it with a group of friends. There is nothing wrong or right about this in my opinion.
For those who are not in that condition, validation means accepting that there is a struggle and this (misdirected) desire, just like someone with pica (if you don't know what that is, click here). It is an acknowledgment that the desire exists and then treating the person as they are: a person. Too often this has not happened, both personally and impersonally (by general jokes) and this causes a fear (legitimate fear) that he (or she) will be mocked, excluded, avoided or, as in the case above, simply found uninteresting by either sex. The result of this can be anger and, by their own wrong choice, the type of Catholics that… throw in the towel and come out in a different way…usually in a louder, more militant way.
These are not the homosexuals of the Catholic Church. There is a silent majority in the minority that act much differently and more reasonably.
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