The Unwelcome Ex-"Gay" Phenomenon

October 2001By John C. Cort

John C. Cort is a freelance writer in Nahant, Massachusetts.

People used to speak of The New York Times as “the good, gray Times.” On Sunday, December 10, 2000, this reputation took another sharp, self-inflicted blow to the midsection when the Times Magazine printed an article and spread its title all over the cover, yellow on black, in letters two and three inches high: “Gay, 15 and Out.”

Inside was a subtitle: “How Jeffry found friendship, sex, heartache — and himself — online.” The author was Jennifer Egan, described as a novelist and regular contributor. Early on in the article, we read this:

The popularity of “cybering,” as online sex is called — masturbating in real time to sexually explicit typed messages — has lately been supplanted (among boys, especially) with a mania for Web cams and microphones, which allow them to see and hear each other masturbate…. Gay pornography, too, can be a valuable resource; a number of youths I spoke with, male and female, said that the availability of online porn had proved critical to their discovery of their sexual orientation.

“Valuable resource.” We’re talking values here. And one of those values, according to Egan and The Times, is the value of “gay” pornography on the Internet to persuade undecided teenagers that they are better off as active homosexuals than heterosexuals.

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Thank you for your cogent response to my comment. I appreciate your directness. I'm now considering how best to confront my parish priest about his use of this "stock quote" and how to discuss it with my fellow parishoners, many of whom have innocently (even "unconsciously") accepted this piece of gay propaganda as "fact." I doubt that my priest is an "active proponent" of the gay agenda, as his homilies have included assertions that the San Francisco mayor's issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples is a "manifestation of Satan" and that the Magisterium provides us with a "moral compass." If, then, I conclude that he is a "dupe," an unwitting proponant of the gay agenda, how do I (who was received into the Church only two years ago) approach him on this subject? I can cite Holy Scripture - Gen 1:27 (to which you allude), Gen 19, Lev 18:22, Rom 1:24-27, 1Cor 6:9-10, 1Tim 1:8-9, and Jude 7 - the Catechism (2357-2358), and Persona Humana VIII, but can you recommend any other Magisterial statements that pertain more explicitly to the "stock quote" we've been discussing?
Posted by: Ambrose
June 23, 2006 03:38 PM EDT
If, as the preceding article states, "the Catholic Church does not believe" that "homosexuality is 'an inherent trait',” why did my parish priest refer, in a recent homily, to "people that God created gay and lesbian"? Is he in error? Please, enlighten me. Posted by: Ambrose
June 23, 2006 04:09 AM EDT
Of course your parish priest is in error. God created people male and female -- not straight and queer. His comment is a stock quote from the gay activist's handbook. Either he is a dupe of the gay agenda or he's an active proponent.
Posted by: nortemp
June 23, 2006 11:22 AM EDT
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