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Someone with the unfortunate name, Scott Schittl has penned: Only the truth can be pastoral: Why Catholic leaders must speak about dangers of homosexuality. I am for people being truthful about sexual orientation but that’s not what Mr. Schittl has in mind. Does he believe that this kind of diatribe will cause there to be one less gay person in the world? Perhaps.

Apart from the numerous medical journals that have pointed out the dangers involved in homosexual acts, at certain times homosexual activist leaders have themselves admitted these dangers.

On Feb 17, 2009 Canada’s largest gay paper XTRA reported on a group of homosexual activists who were demanding Canada’s healthcare system pay more attention to the “gay community”

The homosexual activists stated: “We have one of the poorest health statuses in this country … Health issues affecting queer Canadians include lower life expectancy than the average Canadian, suicide, higher rates of substance abuse, depression, inadequate access to care and HIV/AIDS.”

“There are all kinds of health issues that are endemic to our community.”

Mr. Schittl does bother with identifying which medical journals he is referring to. Linacre, the “journal” of the Catholic Medical Association is not an academic journal. There is no link to who said what more than ten years ago. Most of what Schittl describes is attributable to minority stress. If he and others would stop promoting BS about gay people there would be less stress.

It is true that in North America HIV is more prevalent in the gay community but HIV is agnostic to sexual orientation. In Sub-Saharan Africa what is an HIV epidemic has spread through the heterosexual community.

Here is some real scientific truth:

  • Sexual orientation is a continuum.
  • All points on the continuum are natural variants of human sexuality.
  • Gay people are not “disordered.” Disordered describes making unscientific claims to conform the real world to scripture.
  • Schittl relies heavily on Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1986 (Halloween) letter on behalf of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The future Pope Benedict is a theologian and catechist. He is not qualified to opine on human sexuality.
  • Gay people are as healthy, happy and productive as straight people. We are only limited by internalized insecurities and external impediments which need not exist.

Mr. Schittl is likely to accept religious dogma over scientific fact which causes him, perhaps, to challenge the science. The lack of critical thinking is his problem and should not become ours.

But it does become ours if you consider the plight of gay children whose parents believe all of this nonsense. Homophobia poses a real danger to real kids.

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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.