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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. That's been the Catholic way for a LONG time. "You're not attracted to women? Yay! That means you have a calling for the priesthood!" They shuffle their gay kids off to the seminary or a religious order, rejected and emotionally damaged, where they turn them into self-hating monsters to perpetuate the Catholic church's stunted "morality" into future generations.

    I'd say chances are pretty good that Scalia Jr hasn't 'kept it in his pants' for his entire life. Hopefully some of his partners aren't timid, self-loathing idiots who weren't psychologically destroyed by their fathers the way he was and they'll come forward. Want to hit Justice Scalia where it hurts? Find Jr's sex partners and get them to talk about it. Expose the son and you expose the father.

    I hope some reporters are on this.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 14, 2012 11:21:11 AM

  2. By their logic, there is also no such thing as a heterosexual, only heterosexual acts. I wonder how many straight people would agree with that.

    Posted by: jomicur | Dec 14, 2012 11:39:44 AM

  3. UFFDA: your comment is an unbelievably unkind and unfair comparison. How can you abuse snakes like that?

    It's telling that NONE of Scalia's twelve kids have openly stated that they disagree with him. He's probably a very intimidating man who impressed upon his children when they were quite young that they were not to disagree with their father under any circumstances. The emotional inertia of those early terrors still compels them to avoid his displeasure no matter what, even though another part of them probably knows he can't really hurt them anymore.

    I feel bad for Paul Scalia - from what I've read, he strikes me as the Gollum of the ex-gay movement (pitiful, suffering, hopelessly corrupted, and dangerous). He probably ran into the priesthood because it was the only way he could avoid having a girlfriend or wife and have his family play along. He has to immerse himself in this ex-gay claptrap to keep the charade together, and in so doing further degrades himself and others around him.

    Posted by: Yeek | Dec 14, 2012 1:37:46 PM

  4. my dad marches in the pride parade every year. that aint no estrangement.

    but hey, these are folks who likely believe that the more than 6 million Jews exterminated in the Holocaust are burning in Hell for eternity, for not being "Christians"

    therefore they're full of s**t

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 14, 2012 1:42:35 PM

  5. Whoops. He has nine kids. My bad.

    Posted by: Yeek | Dec 14, 2012 2:44:02 PM

  6. Fr. Scalia is not just a long-time chaplain for Courage, as of 2010 he also had served for six years as its board's chairman (he might still be the chairman of the board, but the Courage site doesn't have information about its current leadership) and has written extensively about same-sex attraction and the Catholic church. Given his long and varied connection to the apostolate and to the issue, I think it's not beyond the pale to suspect that he himself is a "person with homosexual desires" or a "person with same-sex attractions," as he insists gay people be called.

    Posted by: Thom Watson | Dec 14, 2012 3:40:33 PM

  7. What do you do when you're gay and your dad is a well-known homophobic justice? First you become a priest so that you have a convenient excuse to avoid intimacy with the opposite sex. Then you serve as a chaplain for “a spiritual support group to help those with same-sex attractions live chaste lives”. It is amazing how well the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

    Posted by: Kelly in Atlantic City | Dec 14, 2012 3:50:10 PM

  8. To those of you who call for Justice Scalia to recuse himself because of his son's work with Courage as a Roman Catholic priest, I suppose you would never have called for Judge Vaughn Walker of California's Prop. 8 fame to do the same since he is gay and is in a relationship. As the former Judge Walker himself noted, such recusal is "a very slippery slope."

    Posted by: Bebe | Dec 14, 2012 4:29:05 PM

  9. I think they are confusing bi with gay... There are probably millions of bi guys out there, but why identify that way with the weight of the Catholic Church on your shoulders?

    Posted by: ty | Dec 14, 2012 5:12:04 PM

  10. It's not lashon hara to say what I'm about to say. I know of people who knew the Scalia family. I'll just say: some of you are probably correct in your characterizations. And this son might not even be the only one who might had certain "struggles".

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 14, 2012 6:44:10 PM

  11. If there's any good news, he seems to look worse as every year goes by. Hopefully there's a mild heart attack in his future: a sign from G-d he needs to take it easy, retire from the Supreme Court, and let other focus on unjustly hating gays.
    By the way I know liberals who have met him in person. He was at least (this was years ago) considered charming.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Dec 14, 2012 6:47:04 PM

  12. And Clarence Thomas studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood.

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Dec 14, 2012 9:24:26 PM

  13. Please, SCOTUS, amputate the Christian infection that has manifested itself as a law in my private life. It is unclean, and unwelcome.

    Posted by: FlexSF | Dec 14, 2012 11:24:30 PM

  14. I was a member of a TOR Franciscan Order 1959-1965. There were very many homosexual Brothers & Fathers perhaps 80% but few homosexual acts. It was a time before straight & gay Religious realized that they had the right to be complete human beings which included sexual fulfillment. Once Vatican II failed to realize their hopes for freedom of sexual expression, they left the Church by the tens of thousands. From which the Church has yet to recover.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 15, 2012 2:22:22 AM

  15. @Bebe: No. We're not asking Scalia Sr to recuse himself because of the antics of Scalia Jr. We're asking Scalia to recuse himself because he has declared in public that he has made up his mind: there is nothing the cases at issue can do to change it. The gay judge in the Prop 8 trial, however, issued a ruling based on law, not on being gay. The same issues were initially raised about women and African Americans ruling on "their" cases. For some reason, it never was an issue that men rule on men's cases;-)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 15, 2012 3:07:50 AM

  16. Classic. And so easily glossed over on a psychology text book. The Supreme Court of the United States of America is harboring a dyed-in-the-wool homophobe

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Dec 15, 2012 10:41:55 AM

  17. Paul Scalia’s history and work bear the 10 classic signs of a severely repressed homosexual in extreme denial:

    • Paul’s father insists that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are equal to criminals.
    • He doesn’t want his father to treat him as a criminal.

    • Paul chose a career where celibacy is both a qualification and a job duty.
    • His celibacy allows him to avoid facing his own sexual orientation.
    • Although celibate for life, he says he knows the “full truth of human sexuality.”
    • He teaches that ethics in sex is possible only when procreation is the focus.

    • Paul surrounds himself with gay men (Catholic priests and Courage ministry customers).
    • He excuses all gay men from guilt by labeling them “confused.”
    • He claims that homosexuals are just heterosexuals with “same-gender attractions/inclinations.”
    • He says LGBT students are caused by “heterosexual unchastity.”

    These are the classic, religious superstitions in which the fiction of reparative therapy is rooted. They are the disproved lies that repressed homosexuals recite to prop up their denial.

    Exactly how long Paul Scalia will continue posing as a celibate cleric isn’t clear, but the days of quack therapists selling “ex-gay” therapy are clearly numbered.

    Posted by: Ned Flaherty | Dec 19, 2012 2:42:10 PM

  18. Look at the organizations of the rightwing anti-gay movement - more than a few of them are created by parents who have gay children and who reject those gay children unless their gay children go to extremes to appease them. The list is not surprising. It appears Scalia's rulings are all aimed at keeping his son closeted and self-loathing; that is a tragedy for any family. But Christianity is based on blaming children for things they never deserved to be blamed for. Otherwise the religion would have died out in a single generation.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 20, 2012 4:02:02 PM

  19. The Paradigm Shift Toward Marriage Equality

    I was once a bigot. My parents and my era taught me wrong. In the expanse of a long life, I woke up and changed my mind. In penance for my youthful zealotry, I am compelled to share this insight with other bigots so they will recognize blindness to be a necessary step toward their enlightenment. I was once blind. But now I see.

    The unenlightened mistakenly superimpose onto the Modern Age antiquated conventions of 100+ generations past once forged by an emerging, but naïve, culture of man. Today, this festering anachronism persecutes innocent homosexuals who suffer daily bigotry, hatred, and even death because of worn-out beliefs.

    The paradigm shift has unique sensations about it. When brainwashed bigots begin the course of enlightenment, they resist. Goodness willing, slowly over decades -- through observation, insight, reason, empathy, compassion, understanding, and release -- the mind begins to open. The shoulders let go the heavy weight of prejudice. The heart lays bare its natural desire to love and treat everyone equally. Acceptance, appreciation, and celebration of our diverse humanity replace prejudice, animosity, and hatred. Cleansing of human character occurs within the evolution of the human mind.

    The present day paradigm shift toward marriage equality is soon to bring FREEDOM FOR ALL, not just the "chosen ones." Thanks to the wisdom and courage of a majority of Supreme Court justices!
    -- Retired California Teacher, 65, Heterosexual

    Posted by: Carol Green | Jul 7, 2013 11:27:41 PM

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