Tragedy on a University Campus

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on 18 April 2007 0 Comments
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I have a concern that I would like to share with you. I come from

Massachusetts, where pedophilia in the Catholic Church has been public since

the early 1960s. It has been an occasional topic of talk radio, newspapers,

and the underground. However, it was not until very recently called by its

appropriate name — instead it was referred to as homosexuality. I am

sure that you are aware of the vast difference between pedophilia and

homosexuality. In my opinion, the Catholic Church (and perhaps others) have

always used that misconception as justification for their dislike and

disdain for gays. Many pedophiles have also hidden behind the innocence of

many homosexuals.

I believe that the general public has been so indoctrinated by this

misconception that they still carry some of the old beliefs, and that

remains the biggest obstacle to acceptance of homosexuals

I also believe that, as you say, "the Catholic Church created the biggest

closet for homosexuals." It also created one of the largest closets for

pedophiles, and rather than deal with it for what it is, the Church has

fostered many untruths about homosexuality.

I would appreciate it if you would consider the above. Perhaps as you

champion the cause of God as love, you will also assist the public and all

homosexuals in clearing up this misnomer.


You have said it well and I can add nothing to your letter but to cheer

at your insight. By publishing in this column I will give wide readership

to your thoughts and conclusion. They are words that many need to hear.

John Shelby Spong




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