The Catholic Church, homophobia and its sex-abuse scandal

04/21/2008 | Washington Post, The

Blogger Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, president of Chicago Theological Seminary, credits the Catholic Church with taking some positive steps towards acknowledging homosexuality as an orientation. But she believes it still wrongly links gay men in its seminaries as having the potential to be sexual predators, instead of examining how its repressive policies create a culture where such abuses can take place. "The Church is still, because of deep-seated homophobia, going about dealing with the risk of future abuse in exactly the wrong way," she writes.

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