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Homosexuality is caused by the Devil

 
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 12:58
 
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by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Daniel Avila is a policy and research associate director for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops: he formerly served the Catholic Bishops in Massachussets and now lives and works in the Washington DC area. On October 28, “The Pilot”, the oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States of America, published an article written by Daniel Avila which arose outrage and indignation in the whole nation.

The nearly 900-word column was entitled “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction” and it pondered the origin of homosexual attraction from a “born this way” standpoint. In the controversial column Avila says «Disruptive imbalances in nature that thwart encoded processes point to supernatural actors who, unlike God, do not have the good of persons at heart». 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. (…) 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».

The best natural evidence of what God causes and wants for us is our genetic code. Science has isolated certain genetic combinations that are typical in human creation and development. «Interpreting from a spiritual perspective the genetic code which supplies our sexual differences – Avila says -  we have to conclude that God wants us to be male or female». No one has never found a “gay gene”, so God has not created gay people. Therefore, according to Daniel Avila's theory same-sex attraction is the work of the Devil. Applying this aspect of Catholic belief to interpret the scientific data makes more sense because it does not place God in the awkward position of blessing two mutually incompatible realities, sexual difference and same-sex attraction. «If in fact this analysis of causation and culpability is correct, then it opens new perspectives on the Church's teaching in this area. Being born with an inclination which originates in a manner outside of one's control is not sufficient proof that the condition is caused by God or that its satisfaction meets God's purpose. Furthermore, a proper understanding of who is really at fault should deepen our compassion towards those who experience same-sex attraction».

This controversial column has been retracted from the country's oldest Catholic newspaper because of its negative echo. As “The Associated Press” reports, the piece was pulled from the website on Wednesday, November 2, accompained by an apology. Avila later stated that the commentary was «not authorized for publication» and that he apologized for the «hurt and confusion» the piece caused. In an editor's note, it was said the newspaper was sorry for «having failed to recognize the theological error in the column». Terrence Donilon, the Boston archdiocese spokesman, told the Boston Globe that Avila's column didn't represent the position of the Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose stated purpose is to «promote the greater good which the Church offers mankind». He also called Avila «passionate about his faith and passionate about his church», and this «clearly just got away from him», Donilon added.


 

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