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British press views of Roman Catholic statement

The Guardian today carried three items:
A news report by Stephen Bates Vatican rules firmly against gay priests
A magazine article by Emily Wilson How gay is too gay?
A leader: Distinctly without prejudice
Update see also Thursday’s letters to the editor

The Independent had a report: Pope restates ban on gay priests and says homosexuality is ‘disordered’

The Times had this: Pope’s gay priest ruling is hailed by moderates by Ruth Gledhill and Richard Owen

And in the Telegraph Jonathan Petre reported under the headline Vatican call to weed out practising gays

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I never thought that I should find a reason to write this: – What an excellent leader the Guardian has produced!

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Peter wrote: “I never thought that I should find a reason to write this: – What an excellent leader the Guardian has produced!”

Guardian readers don’t seem to agree: see their letter’s in today’s paper at
http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,1654474,00.html

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“A curious thing, in all this, is that lesbians really do not get much of a mention (apart from the four lesbian rabbis to whom Rabbi Rich lays claim); it is all very Queen Victoria. When the Anglican church frets over gay vicars, it is really men and men’s bits it is worrying about. What about all those gay nuns and gay lady vicars out there? People just tend to ‘fret’ less about what women get up to, says Reynolds.”

An interesting comment by Emily Wilson in The Guardian.

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I thought it was twaddle – the responses in today’s letters column made a lot more sense!

Prior Aelred
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Again — have to agree with Merseymike — I thought the Guardian leader must have been sneaked in from some other paper!

Ditto the responses re: badman

John Henry — the secret is that the emotion laden controversy is not really about same sex intimacy — it is about preserving patriarchy

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Four irritated voices on the leading left-wing national paper, against the “socialist-elite” leader article. The wind has changed quite a bit, and the revisionists on TA are not happy, not happy at all!

John Henry
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“John Henry — the secret is that the emotion laden controversy is not really about same sex intimacy — it is about preserving patriarchy.” Good point, Prior Aelred . Was the dissolution of the monasteries during the 1530s of the Reformation Era also about preserving “patriarchy”? It is significant that the reforming European states also enacted the first “anti-sodomy legislation” during that time. Nuns in convents had access to education. Abbesses wore mitres as symbols of their authority and equality. In reformed states nuns were forced to marry former monks in order to survive. Hateful propaganda also associated homosexuality with… Read more »