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Some of the pope’s canada goose jacket outlet toronto adversaries in the church, such as Cardinal Raymond Burke, have canada goose outlet uk sale another explanation: canada goose outlet store quebec Gay priests are to blame, they say. Most abuse incidents, Burke told an interviewer last month, consist of “homosexual acts committed with adolescent young men.”

“It seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals,” Burke said, “that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at the root.”

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When interviewed later about his letter on the Catholic television network EWTN, Morlino was asked what he would say to those Catholics canada goose outlet 2015 who read his comments as blaming homosexuality for the problems in the church.

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Such reactions canada goose outlet nyc highlight the deep divisions in the Catholic church over issues of sexuality. Pope Francis, having advocated a more tolerant church culture in general and towards LGBT canada goose factory outlet people in particular, has encountered fierce resistance from Catholics who canada goose outlet store toronto cling to more orthodox positions. The Catholic canada goose canada goose outlet stockists uk church officially holds that to have a “deep seated” homosexual orientation is to be “objectively disordered.”

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“Our church’s very unhealthy attitudes about sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular really need to be addressed,” says Marianne Duddy Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, a Catholic LGBT advocacy group. Duddy Burke sees the abuse crisis in the canada goose outlet ontario context of canada goose outlet online reviews what she considers Catholic church homophobia.

“Whenever the church is under stress, particularly around the issue of sexual abuse and minors and the cover up by the clergy, gay priests have been scapegoated,” she says.

Canada Goose Outlet Even Catholics who view LGBT people sympathetically, however, acknowledge that the abuse incidents highlighted recently mostly involve male on male assaults. Canada Goose Outlet

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Martin, who writes often about LGBT issues and Catholicism, canada goose outlet factory notes that being gay and committing sexual assault are different.

Canada Goose Parka “The reason we have that stereotype [of gay priests as abusers],” Martin says, “is because there are so few public counterexamples of the healthy celibate gay priest, of whom there are hundreds if not thousands.” Canada Goose Parka

“They are in religious orders and dioceses and parishes and schools and hospitals and soup kitchens,” Martin says, “and they’re doing great work. I know them personally.”

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A larger divide

The crisis also has political ramifications. In an open letter released last month, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, singled out several top Catholic cardinals and bishops as being complicit in the abuse crisis because of their association with what he called a “homosexual current” in Catholic circles.

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