It was really only a matter of time. When I was a priest/seminarian, I was formed to believe that my (homo)sexuality was an addiction and prescribed so many "more natural" ways to "deal with" my "depraved" nature that was a "gift" from a
The Catholic Diocese in Colorado Springs has adopted a 12-step program that offers "support" for homosexuals. Despite striking similarities to Alcoholics Anonymous's 12-step program for recovering addicts, proponents claim that the program is less about therapy than it is about support for people experiencing homosexual thoughts that they consider "a burden."
Sure it is. And it has nothing to do with a closeted clergy projecting their own crap onto the rest of the world.
Here are the actual Twelve Steps as reported in The Huffington Post via The Gazette (and my comments):
1. We admitted that we were powerless over homosexuality and our lives had become unmanageable.
When I was parked at the edge of a frozen river with the plan of driving on the ice until it broke and I died, I admitted that I was powerless against Catholicism.
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
So, I guess, those of us who are out of the closet are obviously insane.
3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives to the care of God as we understood Him.
Clarification: as Holy Disfunctional Mother church taught us to understand "Him" [sic].
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
As a gay Catholic, my greatest was going to hell because god made me gay.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Exact nature? According to Catholic teachings, their god makes people gay. How can one's exact god-given nature be wrong? Unless your god's a vindictive ass hole.
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of our character.
7. We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Pray away the gay. And you'll soon discover that nothing fails like prayer.
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make direct amends to them all.
Someone, who claims to have been injured by someone else's homosexuality, is the person who needs to be making amends for their bigotry.
9. We made the direct amends to such people whenever possible except when to do so would injure them or others.
I'm still waiting for Father Mustache and those who covered his tracks to apologize. But maybe their apology would hurt me too much.
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Yes, just as Pope Benedict XVI, the Slapping Pope, has
promptly admitted his wrongdoings in the sexual abuse scandals.
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for the knowledge of God's Will for us and the power to carry it out.
"Conscious contact"? I guess that is in opposition to the unconscious contact that being gay implies.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
So I guess that makes Rev. Larry Brennan, diocesan director of priest formation, who defended this program to the paper a liar, for The Gazette quoted him: “It’s not about therapy and not about activism.” Yes, and the Catholic money, DVDs, and pamphlets that support the suppression of gay rights is totally not about activism either.
And for those of you who just can't stop harping about the penile focus of the Catholic Church , don't worry. The Gazette reports:
A 12-step program for lesbians may also be created if there is demand for it, Brennan said.
Fight on, my feminist lesbian sisters!