No pooftahs but buggering little boys is ok

The Telegraph

Church leaders, but especially the Catholic Church really do have blinkers on when it comes to homosexuality…but the blinkers continue to ignore the plethora of crimes their own priests have committed:

Stubborn leaders, secular and sacred, must not drag the gay marriage debate into disrepute.

When I heard Bishop Philip Tartaglia spark a furious row by suggesting that a former Scotland Office minister’s premature death was connected to his homosexuality, I wanted to cry: can someone please save the Catholic Church from itself? The Archbishop-elect of Glasgow insinuated that David Cairns’s sexual orientation contributed to his death at 44 of pancreatitis. But his slur comes in the wake of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s outburst about gay marriage being a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”. Taken together, these interventions cement the Church’s reputation for homophobia in many quarters.

Bishop Tartaglia and Cardinal O’Brien have no obvious resemblance to David Cameron: the Scotsmen are older, more portly, and lack the finesse, informed by Eton and polished by his years in PR, that smooths our PM’s edges. They hold opposing views on gay marriage to him. But the three men all risk seriously upsetting their followers over their handling of the issue.

Ordinary Catholics are furious with a leadership that persists in stoking hellfire at the mention of gays; paradoxically, their frustration matches that of ordinary Conservatives, who also despair of their leaders’ attitude to gay marriage. The Church hierarchy may sound like bigots, but the Tory high command are acting like bullies. Polls show that the majority of Catholics in Scotland do not share their leaders’ homophobia. Like so many co-religionists south of the border, they yearn to protect heterosexual marriage without bashing gays in the process. Similarly, polls show that most Conservatives do not share their leaders’ appetite for changing the law on marriage.

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