While there has been much discussion of clericalism and sexual abuse, writes Catherine R. Osborne, the ability of clergy to maintain a “harmonious relation to sexuality” is relatively unexamined territory.
The investigation will determine the credibility of an accusation of abuse allegedly committed “more than 50 years ago” by Archbishop Pinera who, at 103, is the oldest living bishop in the world.
The Vatican’s document on “gender theory” is bound to create further conflict, writes David Cloutier of the Catholic University of America, but it exposes the confusion around the differences between nature and choice, and between respect and affirmation.
The Congregation for Catholic Education’s new document on 'gender theory’ is a welcome invitation to dialogue. But it also contradicts science and ignores the real-life experience of L.G.B.T. people, Fr. James Martin, S.J. writes.
The text explains that “gender theory” expresses an ideology that “denies the difference and reciprocity in nature of a man and a woman.”