Saturday, June 4, 2016

Whistleblower: Catholics must work together to change church's mindset on homosexuality


Whistleblower: Catholics must work together to change church's mindset on homosexuality

GERMANY
National Catholic Reporter
Christa Pongratz-Lippitt | Jun. 3, 2016
Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, the German whistleblower who published letters he had received from pupils at a Jesuit school in Berlin who had been abused by teachers for years, has called on all Catholics, "both homosexuals and heterosexuals" to make greater efforts to get the church to change its "deficient" mind-set on homosexuality.
"All of us [Catholics] -- homosexuals and heterosexuals -- must join together to get the church to give up its deficient mindset on homosexuality," Mertes said in an interview in the German daily Taz May 25. "The reason why the Catholic church rejects homosexuality above all is because it [the church] combines sex with fertility, which means that the whole issue of sexual morality is connected with fertility."
A change of attitude was called for, he underlined. Sexual morality must be seen more from the standpoint of unselfish neighborly love "and not purely from a concept of nature which views the sexual act in isolation."
Mertes said that unfortunately, some of the worst homophobes in the church are Catholic priests who are themselves homosexual but deny their own homosexuality. That is one of the reasons why the church has such difficulties in dealing with the issue, Mertes said.