That two successive bishops could be involved in sex scandals with minor boys -- and that 100 priests could decide one of these bishops should stay -- suggests widespread systemic corruption in the institutions of the American church dedicated to clerical formation. Good priests are being demoralized (and seminarians undoubtedly turned away from vocations) as a result.
When the church announced that nothing barred the ordination of celibate homosexuals, that made sense to me. The Catholic tradition teaches that men and women are made for each other. Any sexual union outside of marriage between a man and a woman is wrong. But all of us are subject to sexual temptations, and there is nothing in Catholic theology to suggest God is harder on same-sex sins than any other kind.
I still believe that. But now certain sexual -- not theological -- truths seem apparent too: It is simply not practical for an all-male organization committed to celibacy to ordain men who are sexually attracted to males. Am I the only one who sees this?
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.