Sunday, August 14, 2005

Casting Stones

I wrote a few weeks ago about the Catholic Church in Canada who is denying baptism to children of gay and lesbian couples. Well, this past week the United States Catholics were in the news. It seems Msgr. Eugene Clark, a rector at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, was involved in, what should be call it, a sex scandal where he was caught by his secretary's husband's private eye obtaining and entering a motel with her. The New York Daily News reports:

Clark has been rector of St. Patrick's in midtown Manhattan since 2001 and has often celebrated Mass there when the cardinal was away. In 2002, he blamed the church's sex-abuse scandal on "the campaign of liberal America against celibacy." "Homosexuality became in the American exchange of views a protected area," he said.

Archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling had said Wednesday that Clark was not asked to step down as rector because unlike priests who were accused of molesting boys, he was not accused of anything illegal and was denying the allegations.

Ironically, homosexuality is legal (between adults) and same sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts however that never stopped the church from denouncing either. This "Man of the Church", who later recanted comments he made about gays and lesbians, launched a new salvo within months of recanting, accusing gays of destroying Catholic family life.

I guess he knows all about destroying family's lives.

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