There are, there is one very gay anti-gay priest up in Ogden who the lesswe say about the better. Honestly on his blog he has a quote from EricCartman about being taller and I think that he really honestly thinks thatwas awesome and not horrible because Cartman was saying it. I don'tknow what his deal is but we don't want to read his blog. [laughter]
Perhaps the intended irony of it.
I don't even know, I just know that I would not feel comfortable going tohis parish and I'm kind of glad that he's advertising that fact. If I ever endup in Ogden I can, you know, pick some, somewhere else to go thatweekend.
What do you think, the disconnect, well maybe not disconnect, but why thedifference in practice from the local level to the parish level.
Because I think I had a priest once who actually, and we can get into mywhole issue with sexuality and the Catholic Church, which is kind of adifferent story than Mormons and sexuality, and I think maybe importantfor people who are watching who are non-Mormon to hear, you know, but Ireally think it is because priests, you know, they can't be in this cushylittle office, I mean not that that's all that they should do. They are toobusy to say listen to confessions and deal with getting called at 4 AMbecause someone's beloved wife has died and they have to go over andcomfort them I don't think they see a lot of the day to day, I mean, theyhave to start out as priests at some point, but I think they forget whenthey get into the office of bishop and higher that, you know, this is whatbeing a parish priest is like, and I think that it divorces them a little fromthe humanity of all of that, and since they are not hearing confessions,they are not having people coming in and saying things like, I know thatthe church teaches that my having a gay partner is sinful, but this isn'twhat my conscience tells me to do.One thing that is interesting about Catholicism that for some very bizarrereason has gotten them played a lot since Vatican II is the primacy of conscience. So basically, as I think that it's totally fine if you have a gaypartner, even if you have multiple partners, as long as you know you arecommitted to them. If I were to go in not thinking this was sinful andtelling a priest that I did this and, you know, I'm confessing it. Well, firstof all, it's just stupid because how can I confess to something I don't, I'mnot sorry for. And secondly, I'm condemning myself before God. You justyou can't do that - it doesn't work that way basically. So con-science hasto be well-formed conscience. You just can't say, well you know, you haveto question why am I kind of going against this teaching, and often youmight find because it is too hard to deal with, or it's too fun doing this orwhatever, and you know you can say, well then, you know, maybe I needto form my conscience more towards what the church teaches. But, youknow, and that was a big struggle for me but when I really kind of spentlike a whole five months trying to deal with this. It really finally came