New studies: Catholics aren't homophobic and pedophile priests aren't gay

Posted on 18 Nov 2009 at 12:09pm

The Pope: out of step with the majority of American Catholics?

The Pope: out of step with the majority of American Catholics?

Anti-gay Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are Catholic. The Catholic Church poured money into anti-gay campaigns such as Prop 8 and Catholic Charities threatens to stop delivering social services in Washington, D.C. if new anti-discrimination laws including same sex marriage pass.

So you would think Catholics would be more likely to be anti-gay.

A new study finds that is not necessarily true. More Catholics seem to align with Catholic Supreme Court justices Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor.

The states with the highest proportion of Catholics are the states that are more likely to support LGBT rights.

According to an article in Pink News, “Six of the eight states where 50 per cent or more of the public supports gay marriage are the states with the highest proportion of Catholics, ranging from Rhode Island at 46 per cent to New York and California at 37 per cent.”

The study was done by Mark Silk from Trinity College.

In a related story, a USA Today headline today says:

Report: Homosexuality no factor in abusive priests

Because most of the 14,000 reported molestations by priests were of boys, the assumption was that gay priests were committing the abuse. A $2 million study commissioned by American bishops indicates that sexual orientation was not a factor in these abuse cases.

Heterosexuals were as likely to have committed these crimes.

— David Taffet

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