Cardinal Wilfrid Napier
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

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Earlier today, I asked myself the question: Just how damned stupid can people be? God has provided an answer. According to Lisa Bourne, one of the faithful at LifeSiteNews:

South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier went out on a limb on social media last week in commenting on the importance of the controversial subject of reparative therapy.

The cardinal tweeted that he had begun reading “Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality: A New Clinical Approach,” and he called the work a “challenging book on a subject of great importance.”

The 76-year-old prelate finds the approach important because, in his mind, it justifies discrimination. There is no peer-reviewed research published to a scholarly journal in support of efforts to change sexual orientation. The entire alphabet soup of peer organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, have concluded that sexual orientation is innate and that efforts to change sexual orientation are pointless and potentially harmful.

Now if the cardinal chooses to believe otherwise because of a book written by Joseph Nicolosi (a book is not research) then he is defining the difference between faith and superstition. Eventually the Church will get this right just as it eventually accepted the Copernican model. The problem is that it might take a century or more to align belief and teachings with science. In the interim they are doing damage as the world’s largest anti-LGBT hate group.

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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.