Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Could It Be . . . SATAN?"

Don't let this sentence scare you off:  Daniel Avila is the policy advisor for marriage and family to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Still with me?

Avila, you see, is the go-to guy on marriage for the Catholic Bishops.  In his zeal to protect marriage from homosexuals, Avila offered a riveting biological theory on why people are gay:  It's the devil's doing.

Writing in The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, Avila pointed to a scientist's suggestion that fluctuating maternal hormones cause gayness.  What prompts the fluctuations?  Fun-loving Beelzebub.

"Therefore, whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God."

Satan visits wombs and mucks about with fetuses.  This means every gay person is entitled to say, "The devil made me do it."

Avila wrote, "In other words, the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil. Any time natural disasters occur, we as people of faith look back to Scripture's account of those angels who rebelled and fell from grace. In their anger against God, these malcontents prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. They continue to do all they can to mar, distort and destroy God's handiwork."

Sooooo, gays are "natural disasters," the destroyed handiwork of God and the ire incarnate of huffy fallen angels.

I read all this on Right Wing Watch, which provided a link to Avila's column.  Naturally I wanted to read the whole piece, but in its place now is an editor's note, saying that The Pilot apologizes "for having failed to recognize the theological error in the column before publication."

In a "Retraction/Apology," Avila wrote, "The teaching of Sacred Scripture and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church make it clear that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and have inviolable dignity. . . The Church opposes, as I do too, all unjust discrimination and the violence against persons that unjust discrimination inspires. I deeply apologize for the hurt and confusion that this column has caused."

He learned the hard way that when it comes to establishing the cause of gayness, the devil is in the details.