Friday, 19 November 2010

Homosexuality? That would be an ideological matter, says Cardinal

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It seems we can cast aside all questions as to what determines a person's sexuality – it turns out it's an ideological matter. At least according to retired Catholic Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who appears to be making a sadly-all-too-late-play for our Bad Faith Award (the poll is already up and running) with these remarks from his forthcoming autobiography:
"The ideology of homosexuality – as often happens to ideologies when they become aggressive and end up being politically triumphant "becomes a threat to our legitimate autonomy of thought: those who do not share it risk condemnation to a kind of cultural and social marginalisation.
The attacks on freedom of thought start with language. Those who do not resign themselves to accept 'homophilia' ... are charged with 'homophobia'. Is it still permitted ... to be faithful and consistent disciples of the teaching of Christ ... or must we prepare ourselves for a new form of persecution, promoted by homosexual activists, by their ideological accomplices, and even by those whose task it should be to defend the intellectual freedom of all, including Christians?" 
I was struck by the reference to "language". It'd be interesting to know what kind of language Cardinal Biffi  (who has a record of expressing controversial opinions) now feels he is unable to use.
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