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Scalia's Son Paul Thinks Homosexuals Are Just Straight People With 'Same-Sex Attraction'

You may recall that Reverend Paul Scalia, the son of homophobic Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is a Catholic priest who served as Chaplain for Courage - a Catholic ex-gay group that encourages gays to practice lifelong celibacy and attend their "play the gay away" athletic camps.

Paul Scalia currently serves as Courage's Chairman of the Board of Directors and will speak this month at the organization's annual summit. The website touting the summit also links to a 2012 article written by Scalia in which he praises the writings of Courage founder Father John Harvey. 

Paul_scaliaScalia praises Harvey for no longer using the terms "homosexual" and "sexual orientation" because Scalia thinks that gay people are only straight people experiencing "same sex-attraction." For him, there is only one true sexual orientation — the one that leads to heterosexual marriage, and his article (excerpted below) reveals the intellectual rationalizations that allow ex-gay therapies to thrive in the secular world while remaining firmly rooted in fundamentalist homophobia:

In this regard we must note the unfortunate title The Homosexual Person (and therefore also the unfortunate title of the CDF document). In short, we should not predicate “homosexual” of any person. That does a disservice to the dignity of the human person by collapsing personhood into sexual inclinations. The chronology of the books helps us to see the development in this area of language. Indeed, the Church is still trying to find the right vocabulary to speak about this modern phenomenon. Thus in his last book, Father Harvey ceased using the term “homosexual” or “homosexual person.” His thought and ministry brought him to realize that it is better to speak of someone with “same-sex attractions.” Although lacking brevity and ease of speech, this phrase has the virtue of precision. It acknowledges both the person/attraction distinction and the complexity of the condition – not fairly summarized as an “orientation.” Which brings us to another matter of vocabulary.…

Father Harvey’s use of the term “orientation” also underwent a deserved change. In his first two books we find the use of this word to describe homosexual inclinations or attractions. In the last book, however, he deliberately avoids it. This reflects the increased appreciation for the fact that homosexual tendencies (to use a term from magisterial documents), do not constitute a fixed, unchangeable aspect of the person and therefore should not be considered an “orientation.” Further, the term does violence to a proper understanding of human sexuality. Either our sexuality is oriented in a certain direction (i.e. toward the one-flesh union of marriage), or it is not. We cannot speak of more than one sexual “orientation” any more than we can think of the sun rising in more than one place (i.e. the orient).

Indeed, one of Father Harvey’s contributions is his discussion of the possibility for healing of homosexual attractions. He deftly navigates the extremes (on one hand, that change is impossible… on the other hand, that it is morally obligatory) to present the simple truth that many have found freedom, to varying degrees, from homosexual attractions. Thus we cannot speak of it as a fixed, unchangeable, unchanging “orientation.”

Scalia has used such sophistry before to justify parental disapproval of gay kids and opposition to gay-straight alliances in public schools. For him, homosexuality is nothing more than an attraction, one that should be changed or suppressed for a lifetime to attain moral communion with a "love the sinner, hate the sin" kind of God.

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  1. Maybe he's this twisted because, I don't know, GAY - GAY - GAY!

    Posted by: Mike in Houston | Jul 5, 2013 11:46:28 AM

  2. Many have found freedom from Catholicism. Thus, we cannot speak of it as a fixed, unchangeable, unchanging, belief!

    It's a cult for your lives!

    Posted by: Taylor | Jul 5, 2013 11:51:31 AM

  3. This is not news. Nor was it news in 2012, when the Son of Scalia wrote the article, repeating what he had long emitted in his drone-like writing. Everyone knows that Justice Scalia is a bigot, and that his son is a big ol' dress-wearing pooftah desperate for Daddy's attention.

    In future, please post actual newsworthy information in this space. Thank you.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 5, 2013 11:56:03 AM

  4. You know you really screwed your kid up when he grows up to become a priest. Nice job, Justice Scalia.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 5, 2013 11:56:33 AM

  5. Cows are just fish with fur, legs, mammary glands and lungs. Grasshoppers are just rocks with organic chemistry, dna, legs, wings, mouths, eyes, antennae.

    Scalia's son is an irrational fraud.

    Posted by: Cassandra | Jul 5, 2013 11:58:21 AM

  6. Scalia is nothing more than an apologist. the problem is his 'argument' is based on catholic documents that in and of themselves fit into the apologetic realm - they are basically circular.

    i wonder if he failed Logic 101 in his studies of Philosophy........

    oh, for those who are not familiar with catholic doctrine - the CDF that he refers to is the "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - all apologetic. he uses 'approved' sources only for his logic. that's why he fails.

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 5, 2013 11:58:42 AM

  7. delusional on many levels: belief in an undefinable entity- yet doesn't believe in all that entity encompasses-- just what he wants to believe; distorts facts; belief that heterosexuals are infinitely better, and doesn't believe in the Founding Fathers' decree that all men are created equal (he finds ways to make them unequal) and therefore probably feels women are unequal as well since it says "All Men"; bitter and sexless man in love with a male spirit. Well, the acorn nut doesn't fall far from the uneducated withering tree.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 5, 2013 12:08:51 PM

  8. He's as dangerous as his father.

    Posted by: michaeld89119 | Jul 5, 2013 12:11:25 PM

  9. Both Father and Son wear dresses......Hmmmmm

    Posted by: KurCus | Jul 5, 2013 12:11:28 PM

  10. A friend of mine in DC claimed to've seen some very compromising videos of Sonny Boy with some teenagers. If only the owners of the tapes had the guts to make them public.

    Posted by: Derrick from DC | Jul 5, 2013 12:13:16 PM

  11. The CDF is nothing more than the Inquisition... they didn't even change the name until 1904. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest that the son of an intelligent yet deeply bigoted man like Scalia would spend his entire adult life in service to an organization that is at its core nothing more than a bunch of emotionally stunted control freaks.

    One would think that the catholic church would have more important things to worry about (i.e. rampant child abuse). Perhaps they thought that stoking the fires of anti-gay hatred would be enough to deflect attention away from these issues... not so much, pal.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 5, 2013 12:13:23 PM

  12. I never knew this Paul Scalia existed before this story, and it explains so much of both their attitudes!

    Antonin Scalia's son is a faggot, whose father's disapproval drove him into the priesthood, and their knowledge of this (one self-loathing, the other just loathing) cause them both to lash out at gay people for ruining their family.

    I get it now.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jul 5, 2013 12:14:13 PM

  13. Yeah I wonder where he got That idea, maybe personal experience?

    Posted by: mike85 | Jul 5, 2013 12:16:22 PM

  14. he's terribly unintelligent.

    and again, recording his ignorance and bigotry so that the name Scalia will become synonymous with backward thinking, for a few more decades. congrats on slandering your own family name, bub.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 5, 2013 12:23:01 PM

  15. Scalia seems to be letting his "sky pixie attachment disorder" to get out of control. Mr. Scalia, please stop obsessing about your genocidal (what's his body count in the Bible? a few hundred thousand. Percentage-wise he's worse than Hitler), schizophrenic (he believes he is his own son and father and has a separate manifestation of himself that is his 'spirit'? hello? cuckoo!), child raping (Mary would have been a child of about 13 years of age when he impregnated her) invisible friend and get help.

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 5, 2013 12:25:09 PM

  16. Behind every anti-gay bigot there's a (pink) elephant in the room. Scalia's son is obviously a closet case. Stories like these need to be exposed for every person who's in a position to take away our rights.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 5, 2013 12:29:19 PM

  17. I'm glad the young priest Scalia "believes" this. Based on what? What's his doctorate in? Oh, he has none. No formal studies in the area of human sexuality? Nothing???? So his belief is based on something he made up in his head. Or maybe by praying about it.

    Or maybe from his own deep seeded hatred of himself and the sexual issues he has that often drive men into the priesthood because they cannot reconcile their sexual feelings with their strident religious upbringing and find it easier to hide in the religion and live a life of a unfulfilled human being (which is actually an un-Christlike quality)than disappoint their overbearing tyrant of a parent.

    I'd say this man has some issues and having a bigger picture of his family and his father's view of things, it's not hard to gather from where those issues originated.

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 5, 2013 12:32:07 PM

  18. I'm curious as to why the Scalias garner so much attention from the media. Are they really that relevant in today's political discourse? As far as I can tell, they are media whores, very similar to the Kardashians, but with more meatballs...

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 5, 2013 12:37:45 PM

  19. Mr. Scalia, you're not even making sense. Go home, please.

    Posted by: Nirgal | Jul 5, 2013 12:39:56 PM

  20. He must understand the feeling of attraction to men to come to this conclusion..... what a surprise..

    Posted by: Tonez | Jul 5, 2013 12:43:27 PM

  21. Looks like the stupid apple doesn't fall far from the stupid tree. And let's not use the term "intellectual rationalization" here; it just doesn't apply.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 5, 2013 1:06:55 PM

  22. ...did he just say "the ORIENT?" LOL! I think that speaks volumes. Woe to those who seek prompt succor and helpful counsel from a celibate. Or a white guy who speaks like a 19th Century British colonialist.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jul 5, 2013 1:12:27 PM

  23. You can just Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia trying to beat the gay out of him when he was young.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 5, 2013 1:12:59 PM

  24. Rebranding. How can I present my view of those I want to marginalize and make it look like it's innocent. Sound familiar Jeb Bush, GOP?

    Oppression rebranded is still oppression.

    Posted by: JONES | Jul 5, 2013 1:15:16 PM

  25. Zzzzzzzzzz..........

    Posted by: EO | Jul 5, 2013 1:19:16 PM

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