Joseph S. O'Leary gives an overview of comments and opinions from various sources concerning Pope Benedict's comments made during his Christmas address related to the "ecology of Man" and gay people (a bit of reading between the lines).
Yet Another Vatican Gay Furore
Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent for the Times Online (UK), and certainly not a raving liberal, wrote a commentary entitled: "Pope 'spreading fear' with claim that Man needs protection from homosexuality"
She writes in part:
"The Pope has been condemned by clergy and gay rights campaigners for arguing that mankind needed protection from homosexuality much as the rainforest needed protecting from environmental damage.
"Roman Catholic leaders in England, traditionally a liberal province, sought to distance themselves from the Pope’s remarks, claiming that he had been misrepresented because he never used the word “homosexual”.
"The strength of the reaction against his remarks from bloggers and other online commentators worldwide gave one of the clearest indications to date that the row over gays that has taken the Anglican Church almost to a schism is one that is close to erupting in the more tightly ruled Roman Catholic Church as well."
Folks, this is just not going away no matter what Christian tradition one belongs to, or whatever faith for that matter.
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer
We are in stage 2, and I suspect will be for a while yet.