Sodomy More Risky Than Smoking
One of the mysteries in today’s Church is why the appalling Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP is able, with impunity, to travel from diocese to diocese around the world, openly defending and extolling homosexual activity. Can’t his fellow Dominicans put a stop to these peregrinations? Why don’t the bishops, in every diocese where Fr Radcliffe is due to visit, just bar him from speaking on Catholic Church premises?
Could it be that Fr Radcliffe knows rather too much about the Lavender Mafia at the highest level in the Church, and they fear what dirty secrets he might reveal?
Anyway, it is fortuitous that Ignatius Press has recently published Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, by Robert Reilly. This book illustrates over and over again that homosexual activity, far from being “loving” as Fr Radcliffe would have us believe, is not merely insanitary but desperately dangerous not just to the soul (which should go without saying) but to physical health as well. In a devastating chapter “The lessons from biology” , Reilly writes:
Today we seem to know the purpose of every part of our bodies except our genitals. As unpleasant as the subject matter may be, it is necessary to report on the physical effects of sodomitical behavior and of other homosexual acts. Their consequences are significantly more injurious to health than smoking, so much so that ignorance or denial of these effects is one of the most remarkable barometers of the strength of the rationalisation that insists this behavior is normal and normative. During homosexual intercourse the human body is subjected to an activity for which it is not designed. If one insisted on using a highway exit as an entrance, one would be told that this is extremely hazardous to one’s health and safety and to that of others. Why is this so difficult to state when it comes to human anatomy?”
Ah yes, as Shakespeare noted in As You Like It , we have our exits and our entrances. Or, as the late great Fr George Duggan of New Zealand once put it ( I paraphrase), sodomy is like putting petrol in the exhaust pipe.
Here are some of the facts Reilly cites:
* A study in Vancouver showed that “life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is eight to 21 years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality continued, we would estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged 20 years would not reach their sixty-fifth birthday.”
* Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and the author of Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, said in 1996 that “the incidence of AIDS among 20 to 30-year-old homosexual men is roughly 430 times greater than among the heterosexual population at large.”
* According to Dale O’Leary, author of The Gender Agenda, while men who have sex with men make up for only a tiny percentage of the population, they account for 72 percent of primary and secondary syphilis cases plus 79 percent of HIV diagnosis among men and the significant percentage of other STDs.
Imagine trying to get facts like these into the mainstream Irish media! Reilly asks:
How is it that there can be warning labels on cigarettes and alcohol and on almost every package of food; health alerts for the level of air pollution, mandatory use of seat belts in cars, and yet no cautionary admonitions regarding homosexual practices?…Why are we counselled to change our dietary habits if we tend toward obesity because of the health hazards it presents, but not asked to modify our behaviour if we engage in sodomy which can be far more lethal? There are no warning labels because they would disturb the rationalisation for homosexual behavior by inviting the observation that there is something in Nature itself that rebels against it. Rather than face the clear implication that what they are doing is unnatural to their own bodies, active homosexuals evade or even deny the overwhelming evidence of the health dangers to which they subject themselves…. This is like fighting lung cancer while remaining silent about the dangers of smoking.
Reilly cites studies showing that some homosexuals have as many as a thousand sex partners, and says it’s as though they keep on searching for satisfaction that they cannot find. I well remember Professor Charles Rice, on a visit to Dublin, pointing out that if one even shook hands with several hundred people, the chances are one would pick up a disease of some sort. “And when you think what these fellows get up to…”
Reilly insists that there is no “gay gene”. But even if homosexuals were born with a predisposition to such destructive behaviour, that would not excuse it. Alcoholics may well have a genetic predisposition, but that doesn’t excuse their getting drunk. They still choose to do so.
In a recent interview he has also tackled the question of whether homosexuality can be cured:
Homosexuals who do want to change have a significant rate of success in changing with the right therapies. It is a sign of how far the rationalisation for homosexual misbehavior has gone that two [American] states now forbid therapists from treating teenage homosexuals who want to change their orientation. That’s like telling a teenager that if they injured their eye, they can’t go to an ophthalmologist! The denial of reality has gone that far.
However, Reilly doesn’t see homosexual activists as entirely at fault. Often they are themselves the victims of sexual abuse, or they suffer from an absence of love from their fathers. They have also built on earlier social decisions, such as the approval of contraception and no-fault divorce. They take those precedents to their logical conclusion.
When sex was detached from diapers, the rest became more or less inevitable. If serial polygamy is okay, and contraceptive sex is okay, and abortion is okay, what could be wrong with a little sodomy? First, short-circuit the generative power of sex through contraception, then kill its accidental offspring; and finally celebrate its use in ways unfit for generation. Contraception used to be proscribed, then it was prescribed, and now has become almost obligatory…