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Catholic Priest Preaches Anti-Gay Falsehoods To High School Teenagers

March 25, 2011 3:14 pm ET by Carlos Maza

The anti-gay right has made a habit of fear mongering about the threat of “homosexual indoctrination” of schoolchildren. Time after time, and especially in state debates about marriage equality, anti-LGBT activists warn of the dangers of exposing innocent school children to the “gay lifestyle.”

What you don’t frequently hear about is the possibility of “anti-gay indoctrination.” On Thursday, however, several videos surfaced of Fr. John Hollowell, Chaplain of Indianapolis’ Cardinal Ritter High School, spouting a stream of homophobic and offensive falsehoods about same-sex marriage and gay people in general to a classroom full of students.

In the six videos spanning over two hours of anti-gay lecturing, Hollowell calls homosexual acts “an abomination,” advocates for ex-gay therapy, and rails against same-sex adoption and marriage by comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and prostitution:

HOLOWELL: (0:13) Nothing has ever been shown or proven that homosexuality has anything to do with genes or biology.

(0:40) Homosexuality, if it’s okay in God’s eyes, then the Bible is completely useless. Old and New Testament in multiple places say homosexual acts are an “abomination,” a grave offense against God. The Catholic Church upholds that teaching as well. So you have two options: God is cool with homosexuality, homosexual acts, I should say… or what the Bible and the Church say about it is correct. Okay? There’s no middle ground on that issue.

HOLOWELL: (9:30) The church, though, is saying that what we identify right now as being my attraction, this is something that I have within me, this homosexual attraction, right, but through counseling, through whatever it may be, I can perhaps lower that through the same type of deal that you’re talking about with Alcoholics Anonymous, that kind of stuff, okay? I can lower than and I can start to find out that maybe there is something beneath the surface, the iceberg, there may be something beneath the surface that’s actually causing this.

HOLOWELL: (21:52) If there is sex going on, it is an unhealthy atmosphere. You don’t need to use the language of sin in order to say “look, the state should not be putting adopted children with couples who are acting on their homosexual attractions.” You don’t need sin for that because our society already does that. Our society already does not put people into situations where there is sex going on which that society deems to be not good… If porn was being filmed in a home, we would pull the child out of that environment. If sex was occurring in the home which was bondage or S & M type sexuality, the CPS would pull the child out of that environment.

Several commentators, including Bishop Gene Robinson, have already drawn the link between this kind of anti-gay religious-based bigotry and the astronomically high rates of suicide and attempted suicide in LGBT teens. Seventy percent of Catholics and a majority of the American public now believe that these kinds of messages contribute to higher rates of LGBT teen suicide.

With anti-gay lessons like this being taught to young teenagers, it’s not hard to imagine why.


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