Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Wednesday, Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is incensed that the New York Archdiocese of the Catholic Church is a bit more progressive than his personal tastes permit. Hoffman is a rather odd individual. An American, he lives in Mexico City and writes orthodox Catholic screeds for the faithful. Hoffman has seemingly surrendered whatever remains of this critical thinking skills to the Church.

Today’s polemic is titled “‘Catholic’ LGBT ministries in New York run by gay drag queen, abortion advocate.” Among the tags that Hoffman has assigned is the pejorative term, “Gay Mafia.” Seriously. These imbeciles manage to alienate most of polite society and then they claim victimization over the well-earned ridicule that attaches to them.

He writes:

Leaders of “gay and lesbian ministries” in three parishes in the Archdiocese of New York openly flout the Church’s doctrines on sexual morality, LifeSiteNews has found. One is a homosexual drag queen who openly celebrates sodomy, another promotes Planned Parenthood fundraising events and lesbian pornography, while another is “married” to his same-sex partner.

That all sounds like end-of-world material to me. Of course the fact that someone is a drag queen merely means that they are an entertainer. Milton Berle was an occasional drag queen too. And, yeah, the mere existence of gay people is at odds with Church teachings. The fact that they have rich and fulfilling lives is just too much for Mr. Hoffman. The fact that one of them is married is just intolerable. Of course the word married has to be in quotes to reflect Hoffman’s disapproval. When did anyone solicit his blessing? When did it become necessary or even desirable.

He continues:

The “ministries” in question openly defy the Catholic Church’s teaching against homosexual behavior, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls “intrinsically disordered,” and the Holy See calls “a serious depravity.”

Yes, and Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict) called gay people “objectively disordered” as if he had the training, experience and expertise to make that kind of judgment. Depravity? Other behaviors are far more vicious. About 5% of the children of even the most conservative of Catholics are going to be gay. Making those kids neurotic over superstition represents depraved indifference to other human beings. When faith is used as a bludgeon against other people it is an evil that should not be tolerated.

Mr. Hoffman might think that he deserves a pass for his moronic bigotry because it is based upon religious “doctrine.” In an advanced society we hold people accountable to their individual judgments. Sheep don’t get special accommodations. Calling children depraved and disordered is not my idea of beneficence.

Hoffman goes on at considerable length. It includes this bit of stereotyping:

Malsky makes repeated references on his Twitter page (called “Earnest Gay Thoughts”) to personally engaging in public acts of “sauna sex” at his gym, an activity common among homosexuals who frequent bathhouses for anonymous encounters.

I did a Google search on “sauna sex.” The only thing that I received in return are links to heterosexual pornography. The image of gay men frequenting bathhouses for anonymous sex is not only inaccurate but highly offensive. Gay men are no more perverted than straight men. How the hell would Hoffman know what is common among gay men? Does he have anonymous gay sex?

Later on, for raw bigotry, Hoffman outdoes himself:

The Facebook page of the “Gay Straight Catholic Alliance” includes posts that show men kissing each on the lips and semi-nude in bed with one another.

One image, which is given no caption, shows two men in bed with two little boys, one of whom is embraced by one of
the men. The image has been used in other publications to promote
homosexual adoption, a practice also opposed by the Catholic Church.

Yes. Sometimes gay people are affectionate with each other. Hoffman would like readers to think that there is something pernicious about a man hugging his children. I know some pretty terrific. dedicated and selfless gay parents. I also know some awful heterosexual parents. One wonders what Hoffman’s childhood was like for him to be so obsessed with ancient texts and LGBT people. 

I am going to skip over much of the vomit and get to Hoffman’s conclusion:

The Holy See also teaches that it is the “duty” of Catholics to oppose homosexual unions, even when they have been legalized, declaring in 2003: “In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection.”

Therein lies the graver problem. The Church becomes the intentional source of unjust discrimination. A few centuries ago the same kind of thinking by the same outfit caused people to be subjected to unspeakable torture in order that they be forced to confess to witchcraft. Neither Hoffman nor the Church have the right to undermine public accommodation laws. If they want the law, such as the First Amendment, to protect them then they have to respect the law. We do not get to pick which laws to obey. It is the height of arrogance for any religious institution to claim legal rights that do not exist.

From there Hoffman instructs his readers to contact Cardinal Dolan with the instruction that they be respectful. Mr. Hoffman knows nothing about respect for other people. It is not dependent, and should not be dependent, upon showing deference towards someone else for being an ambitious prelate. As I was writing this piece it is a near certainty that one more person was abused for being LGBT as a direct result of the teachings of the Church and relayers like Hoffman. He should think about that. It is doubtful that he will.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.