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Scalia's Son Paul Served as Chaplain for Catholic Group Meant to Lead Gays from 'the Confines of Homosexual Identity'

The L.A. Times posted an interesting article about Justice Antonin Scalia's take on homosexuality - basically that gay "identity" does not exist — only the "act" of doing something homosexual. In the article is this interesting bit about Scalia's son Paul:

Paul_scaliaThe notion that there are no homosexual people, just homosexual acts, is an ancient one.  Until recently it was the attitude of the Roman Catholic Church.  Scalia’s son Paul, a Catholic priest who has served as chaplain to Courage – “a spiritual support group to help those with same-sex attractions live chaste lives” – continues to resist the idea of a gay identity.  He has written: “We must always distinguish the person from the attractions. Most errors in this area come from the reduction of the person to the attractions: to say,  ‘A person who has homosexual attractions must be homosexual.’  This reduces the human person to the sum total of his sexual inclinations.”

In a 2005 article in the magazine First Things, Paul Scalia warned against the labeling of high school students as “gay” and even took the Vatican to task  for using the term “homosexual person,” which, the younger Scalia said, “suggests that homosexual inclinations somehow determine, which is to say confine, a person’s identity.”  Of course, this is a straw man; psychologists and other who speak of a gay identity don't argue that “gay” is an exhaustive description of an individual’s personality traits, only that there is more to being gay or lesbian than participation in sexual acts.

Jeremy Hooper notes that Justice Scalia's church promoted an event dealing with the "challenge of same-sex" attractions at which his son was the key speaker.

We've posted about 'Courage' here before. Among other things, the group claims that men are gay because they're estranged from their fathers. They also hold "athletic camps" with the goal of teaching men with same-sex attractions to become manlier by making them play football and other contact sports.


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  1. Interesting. The idea that there are no homosexuals, only homosexual acts, was one of Michel Foucault's concepts. And he would have known. He committed many homosexual acts.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Dec 14, 2012 8:31:34 AM

  2. Even within Catholicism this is an extremist viewpoint. The apple didn't fall far from the tree.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Dec 14, 2012 8:35:19 AM

  3. Oh, so Scalia has a closeted gay son. Interesting. The kid never had a chance. No wonder he does what he does.

    Posted by: Wisebear | Dec 14, 2012 8:39:16 AM

  4. I hope someone is pulling hard on this ball of twine. Two or 3 sons are lawyers, one is a career serviceman and Paul is a priest. If you go to the Courage site a totally hot painting of a guy being carried by christ is right up front. And Paul is a better looking son than Scalia had any right to have. My guess is there's fire in them there loins. Someone needs to draw that out and make it public. The more older brothers you have the more likely you are to be gay - statistically.

    Posted by: Markt | Dec 14, 2012 8:53:20 AM

  5. WISEBEAR, others have come from similarly repressive households and were able to avoid become twisted, hateful, self-loathing people.

    I have no sympathy for the hell he has put himself in.

    Posted by: Mawm | Dec 14, 2012 8:58:44 AM

  6. Is there any possibility that Scalia can be removed from the LGBT cases due to obvious bias? Or that we can demand he rescue himself?

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 14, 2012 9:03:39 AM

  7. So Scalia has a Catholic priest son. That explains a lot.

    Posted by: I learn something every day | Dec 14, 2012 9:06:59 AM

  8. Justice Scalia has a conflict of interest and should recuse himself from this case.

    Posted by: Dean | Dec 14, 2012 9:09:27 AM

  9. Did Jerry Sandusky have anything to do w/their "athletic camps" ?

    Posted by: PJ | Dec 14, 2012 9:13:26 AM

  10. So gay men are estranged from their fathers? And need to attend athletic camps to butch up?

    Hey, that's the same crap RICK is always spewing here.

    Posted by: ripper | Dec 14, 2012 9:15:52 AM

  11. Sounds like the pathetic rationalizations of a self-loating homosexual hiding in a priest's alb.

    Posted by: John Caruso | Dec 14, 2012 9:29:38 AM

  12. So, I guess he doesn't identify as straight?

    Posted by: RHR IN TN | Dec 14, 2012 9:31:40 AM

  13. You just know there's a sad headline waiting to come out here.

    Posted by: Smartypants | Dec 14, 2012 9:36:24 AM

  14. I get it. Let's distinguish the person from the actions. So, there is no heterosexuality, just people that act that way. And, celibacy too. Oh. Wait. There seems to be something strange there. So, the priests and the little kids and women that came to them for help, etc. are the problem? Gotta think about that.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 14, 2012 9:45:19 AM

  15. People are always talking about how smart Scalia is. There's a very big difference between being smart and being educated. I know lots of people with impressive and expensive educations who are not that smart.
    I think Scalia should recuse himself. There's obviously no way he can be objective when deciding on these cases.

    Posted by: Gigi | Dec 14, 2012 10:01:49 AM

  16. Interesting to see that BOTH Father and Son are so obsessed with Homosexuality, makes you wonder who is more repressed??? I did some goggle searches on the Son, good lord he spends more time focused on Homo sex then I as an openly Gay man......

    Posted by: aj | Dec 14, 2012 10:04:12 AM


    Talk about one totally F'd up gay guy!
    Not only is he Catholic, he's a priest AND he's the son of the rabidly homophobic Antonin Scalia. The picture is clearing now.
    When you're the son of a rapid homophobe it's amazing the hoops you'll jump through to make sure that your homophobic dad doesn't have a "gay" son.... You use ridiculous machinations to make it -poof- disappear.
    This is the caliber of thinking in the Scalia household? My god, and this man sits on the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT! OUCH!!!

    Posted by: Dab Civvv | Dec 14, 2012 10:12:02 AM

  18. "They also hold "athletic camps" with the goal of teaching men with same-sex attractions to become manlier by making them play football and other contact sports."

    This confuses me and the rest of my gay rugby team.

    Posted by: Sa-Spence | Dec 14, 2012 10:12:03 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 14, 2012 10:12:27 AM

  20. Basically the Catholic church has never moved from the medieval notion that homosexual acts are just something that anybody can engage in. But anyone brought up in US culture in the 20th or 21st century is going to see things differently, as gay identity.

    They are always very careful to call it "same sex attraction" -- people who are "struggling with" "same sex attraction." SSA for short, or as I like to call it, ASS-backwards.

    And yes, the Courage people are mostly and admittedly "struggling with SSA" themselves, including the priests. It does seem likely Scalia Jr. is struggling himself.

    Should Scalia Sr. recuse himself? For a host of reasons, yes. Remember that Prop 8 and DOMA cases have hinged on the idea of animus towards gay people. Scalia himself clearly has such animus.

    Will he recuse himself?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Dec 14, 2012 10:14:05 AM

  21. Pathetic individual, but his damage is no surprise. And of course, Scalia needs to recuse himself or be forced into recusal, but it will not happen. Although his blatant anti-gay stance will hopefully help lead Kennedy and Roberts away from any decision Scalia makes and his views on the issue of the SCOTUS cases.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 14, 2012 10:34:23 AM

  22. You can't force supreme court justices into recusing themselves. They only do it to set a good example to other judges.

    The elder Scalia is probably blind to his own biases. When he issues a ruling he probably believes it's fair even though it displays obvious irrationalities. As I mentioned yesterday, gay marriage and gay sex are not morally or legally conjoined, but in Scalia's mind they are because of a heavily Catholic bias/mindset.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2012 10:50:51 AM

  23. "other contact sports"

    I can haz wrestle time with manly menz? Pleeeze?

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Dec 14, 2012 10:57:49 AM

  24. Recuse himself?? Hell, he should be impeached, flogged and locked away somewhere cold, wet and nasty. No, wait, he'd feel right at home there.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Dec 14, 2012 11:05:34 AM

  25. New word: a scalia means den of entwined snakes.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 14, 2012 11:16:57 AM

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