Wednesday 20 September 2017

Emer O'Kelly: You're still on a ticket to hell if you have gay sex

The Catholic Church has moved only so far -- and no further -- in its views on homosexuality

A LA CARTE CATHOLIC: Former President Mary McAleese in Rome, where she has been studying. Photo: Simona Granati
A LA CARTE CATHOLIC: Former President Mary McAleese in Rome, where she has been studying. Photo: Simona Granati

Emer O'Kelly

There is a distinct irony in Mary McAleese's comments about Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality. She has recently completed studies for a doctorate in Canon Law, yet she is, in my opinion, displaying many of the characteristics of the "a la carte" Catholicism so derided by Church authorities.

Her views emerged last week following their publication in the Glasgow Herald. "I don't like my church's attitude to gay people," she told the newspaper. "I don't like 'love the sinner, hate the sin'."

Yet to most people Roman Catholic teaching is all about loving the sinner despite hating the sin. But according to Mrs McAleese, "If you are the so-called sinner, who likes to be called that?" Indeed.

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