On September 6th, the Wanderer reported Zogby International in a survey of
1,003 high school students found that 80% of Catholic seniors believe
homosexuals should have the right to marry while
only two-thirds of the total of all demographic high school senior groups in
the survey claimed gay marriages should be legal. In recent polls only "about
one-third of adults" said gay marriages should be legal.
Dennis Gilbert of Hamilton College, in Clinton, N.Y., who did the survey,
said that "large majorities of seniors take pro-gay positions on relevant gay
issues. And virtually every definable demographic group took these
positions," apart from evangelical or "born-again" Christians, said the
According to Father X- a priest in the San Jose Diocese who must remain
anonymous- the diocese document "Pastoral Guidelines for Ministry to
Homosexuals in the Diocese of San Jose "contributes to the ethical confusion
on homosexuality among Catholic high school students because it has no
"moral component." This diocese document claims the "premise that
individuals do not choose and cannot change their sexual orientation but
must understand it and integrate it into their life of faith and
"There is a presumption in the diocese that homosexuality has a biological
basis. This, in part, originally came from the Kinsey report, which lead to
gay safe zones in the public schools and were eventually followed by the
Catholic schools." Father X said, "The problem is that a lot of Catholic
teachers and theologians feel that they need to filter the churches
teachings according to their philosophical agenda or they won't teach it."
According to James Likoudis, a nationally known writer on Catechetic and Sex
Education, the reason Catholic high school students are pro-homosexual is
that the church documents are filtered out. He said, "The Vatican documents
"The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality" intended to remove corrupting sex
education programs in Catholic schools is a dead letter in this country- as
can be seen in the continued proliferation of Catholic sex education
programs in practically every diocese."
In the Diocese of San Jose, there are some problems with the sex education
programs. Frank A. Scanlon, a student at Bellermine Catholic high school
said, "There's no gay slant at Bellermine, even though at a retreat, one kid
came out that he was gay. But, they taught us about condoms, and if you have
sex use them."
" A lot of the kids consider their religion class a joke." Frank D. Scanlon, Sr.,
the father of Frank A., said," They had one priest who didn't want to impose
the Catholic faith because of the non-Catholics in the class. He didnít want
to make them feel uptight."
Also, Father X said," A parent came to me, in 1994, saying that one book of a
seventh grade class was pornographic in a Santa Clara Catholic school. The
book had stuff on how to put on condoms, and if you urinate on a partner
make sure you don't do it on the eyes or ears."
Father organized a group of parents who meet with the principal and pastor.
The principal and pastor defended the teacher's right to use the book. But,
when they went to the diocese superintendent of schools it was found to be
against the diocese's policy. The book was taken out despite the teacher's
Parents in the Oakland Diocese had a different experience with a sex ed
program called New Creation. Catholics United for the Faith, a Catholic
information apostolate in Steubenville, Ohio, has faulted New Creation for
its "graphic illustrations that offend against modesty and chastity;" for
"emphasizing information over formation;" and for "violating the latency
In 1998, the principal of St. Bede's of the Oakland Diocese told parents that
their children either had to attend the New Creation classes or they would
have to quit the school. When the SF Faith asked the superintendent of
schools for the Oakland Diocese, Anne Manchester if mandatory attendance at
these classes contradicted the guidelines in Educational Guidance in Human
Love, she responded the site (St. Bede's) could make the decision.
The state of affairs in San Jose public schools is a few steps more
developed with homosexuality being considered just another ethnic group or
normal human condition. A heterosexual recent graduate of Gunderson high
school, Robert Davila said," The school is diverse- they have Hispanic clubs
and Gay clubs. They demonstrate how to use condoms so you won't get aids."
The troubles in Catholic schools-as shown above- are only part of the
problem since the vast majority of Catholic high school students go to
public schools. In public schools, parents have no chance of getting
offensive sex ed books removed. Since in the fall of 2000, Governor Davis
signed legislation that went into effect on January 1,that mandated
California public schools expose homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestitism,
transexuality, and other lifestyles to all grade levels, including
kindergarten. The only place the Catholic public school students are going
to get the sexual moral teachings of the church on a continuous basis is at
the pulpit said Father.
Father X remembers former San Jose Diocese Bishop Pierre DuMaine saying, "For
the vast majority of
Catholics - the only religious talk they will hear is the homily and the only
literature they are going to read is the bulletin. So, what does that tell
you about their importance?"
Before Vatican II, it was the practice in the United States for Bishops to
have a syllibi or schedules for the year's parish homilies where the
specific moral and faith teachings were to be systematically presented.
Father X said that in the Homiletic and Pastoral Review many priests have
made a case that the church in America needs to return to the syllibi.
Likoudis, on the other hand, believes the problem is in the "silence from
the pulpits on Catholic sexual ethics by cowardly priests and bishops- or
who are sympathetic to the dissenters. Therefore, a decadent media morality
has replaced Christian and Catholic morality in our culture. The Sex
Educators active in public and parochial schools represent that media
Most Catholics get their morality from the media. Father X
said, for example, that the U.S. Bishops statement on stem cell research was
good, but he knew practicing Catholics who never heard of it. All they heard
was what the media presented. Until the church has an organized effort to
educate the mass of Catholics, there is only one way to educate. The
orthodox Catholic priest must give homilies on the specific moral issues.
Also, they need to do a write up in the bulletin that is mentioned during
According to Father X, the Catholic clergy from the Vatican to the local
parish priest need to be more "users friendly" in writing and speech.
Because of the media culture, the high school students find it hard to
listen when language is too philosophical or technical.
Another problem in the teaching of sexual morality is homosexuals who have
got into the priesthood. Likoudis said," There has been a strong homosexual
network operating in the Church by those who have infiltrated our seminaries
to find refuge there."
" There are some homosexuals in the priesthood, but it's not an official
network. It's not in the open, but you can pick it up." Father X said, "They
don't contradict the moral teachings of the church instead their method is
to question the foundations of the moral teachings-scriptures and tradition.
Then they bring in psychology and biology to support their agenda."
With the recent lawsuit against Boston's Cardinal Law for allegedly allowing
a pedophile priest to move from parish to parish-Fr. X was asked if he knew
of any priest or teacher pedophile cases in the San Jose Diocese.
He said, "No, not that I know of." The Diocese of San Jose has a policy that
if someone is reported then a committee is set up to review the complaint.
The committee makes a judgment, which can lead, to getting the police
involved and the ending of pastoral duties."
This diocesan policy is in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church
which in section 2357 states that " "homosexual acts are intrinsically
disordered"...under no circumstances can they be approved." In the next
section, the Catechism says "they do not choose their homosexual condition",
but no where is there the diocesan "philosophical agenda" that presumes an
"unchangeable" natural biological or genetic basis for acts it calls
"The argument over genetics is a curious one. If homosexuality is
genetically inherited, then homosexuality must be chosen by some who do not
have a genetic trait. Identical twins must be either both heterosexual or
both homosexual and we know this is not the case. It has been documented in
cases of identical twins where only one was homosexual. "Director of Family
Life for the Diocese of Duluth, MN, Dick Frost said, "Biologically two men
do not fit together to procreate, nor do two women. Biologically it is