Majority of Catholics Support Gay Marriage
Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups
In 2011, the polls indicated that the majority in the USA now supports gay marriage, including the majority of Catholics even exceeding that of any other Christian denomination though not their leadership. The more Catholics support gay marriage; the more extreme the US Bishops become increasing their spending to fight it (according to polls – not including outside sources). They have become blatantly oppressive. In November, without the support of the majority of Catholics the US Bishops made a deliberate public spectacle threatening to forcefully attack politicians in particular President Obama to fight gay marriage. As reported in the news media, Minnesota and New York City, archbishops have pressured all Catholic priests to fight against gay marriage threatening priests with severe sanctions if they do not. They even threatened lay Catholic employees who even participate in a gay wedding ceremony. Why such immediate seemly irrational reactions, this sudden surge of panic? What is the intense motivation behind this reactionary behavior of the hierarchy? Homophobia alone does not address the degree and intensity of their reactions. It is equally hard to believe that it is motivated by their empathy for people, i.e. 30 some years of global child sexual abuse cover-ups. If they were empathetic they would have diligently with reverence studied the facts of human sexuality not deny them.
Benedict XVI Continues to Deny Reality
Science about Sexual Orientation
An interesting note is that even though it has been well established and accepted for the last several decades by an overwhelming number of researchers from both the medical and mental health fields globally, including theologians, scripture scholars and other educated professionals that (1) SEXUAL ORIENTATION is a normal part of human development and (2) HOMOSEXUALITY is not the cause of or related to child sexual abuse, however, these two facts have not been accepted by Benedict XVI and the hierarchy. This is the same as if they refused to accept Galileo that the earth revolves around the sun.
In fact, however, below the news media radar (except for an occasional leak), far away from any public scrutiny Benedict XVI and the hierarchy have continually promoted globally at the grassroots levels (parishes, the same way they discredit their critics) that homosexual orientation is “intrinsically disordered” or more recently leaked “caused by the devil” and therefore homosexuality is the cause of the child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. By keeping this emotionally charged false notion alive they are able to deceptively rally public support as their real reason for fighting against gay marriage to protect children.
[In early 2010, it was indeed distributing and overwhelming to read and hear, week after week, month after month, about Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups & Accountability regarding Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy. This matter to this date remains unresolved (AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - 2011 Report listed Benedict XVI – “The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children.” Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have accused the pope, the Vatican secretary of state and two other high-ranking Holy See officials of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, in a formal complaint to the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)). It would be even more distributing if we as human beings decided that because it is too disturbing to read about, we would rather not hear anymore on the subject, again. This would then be to collude with the negligence of the responsible parties in the global cover-ups of the child sexual abuse cases. This would be a most heinous crime on our part, especially because it involves defenseless children. The same would be true if we were to allow this false notion regarding homosexual sexual orientation and child sexual abuse to go unchallenged by us individually, because it too involves defenseless children. This update added 121211]
The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children. - AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - 2011 Report
Amnesty International Says Vatican Not Meeting Obligations On Sex Abuse – 51811
Pope accused of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY by victims of sex abuse – 91311
Vatican letter “Jan. 31, 1997” told Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report child abuse – 11811
Irish abuse victim: New letter proves Vatican cover-up – 11811
Vatican Letter Warned Bishops on Abuse Policy – 11811
The letter 1997 Document
Vatican Letter to Irish Bishops on Sex Abuse: A 'Smoking Gun' in Conspiracy? - 11911
Quick Facts: US church sex abuse – 21411
“Time and again the Roman Catholic Church has been forced to defend itself against charges that top officials tried to cover up cases of child sexual abuse by priests.”
Child abuse tragedy made worse by Irish bishops and Vatican – 71411
Angry Ireland finally confronts Vatican over abuse -72111
Kenny defends attack on Vatican – 90411
Disgraceful cover-up by Vatican continues on Irish child abuse---Irish prime minister has absolutely nothing to apologize for - 90411
“Pope 'is at centre of Vatican abuse cover-up', says Hans Küng” 32510
Letters place Pope at centre of child abuse scandal
Benedict XVI/Ratzinger & Vatican - CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASES - “They did as much as they had at each point in time given the public outcry, and no more.” 42710 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/europe/27vienna.html?pagewanted=1
“WHAT THE POPE KNEW” – by Gary Tuchman,
September 25, 2010,
September 25, 2010,
CNN & CNN International
Ireland report - “This is about the reckless endangerment of children in a calculated, purposeful strategy to protect the institutional Church”
Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests' – 2006
Pope Benedict condemns 'petty gossip' over child sexual abuse scandal – 32810
Abuse Scandal in Germany Edges Closer to Pope – 31210
Priest says he was pressurised into taking blame for pope – April 4, 2010
Priest says he was bullied into taking fall for Pope in abuse scandal – April 18, 2010
Vatican Lashes Out At The New York Times Over Sex Abuse Coverage – 40110
Attacks on Pope over child abuse scandal are ‘akin to anti-Semitism’ 40110
How the Catholic Church could end its sex scandal – March 26, 2010
The Vatican has dealt with the sexual abuse scandals as other institutions would. It should be relying on its Christian values.
…The church needs to show it understands the flaws of its own internal culture by examining its own conscience, its own practices, its own reflexes when faced with challenge. As the church rightly teaches, acknowledging the true nature of our sin is the one and only path to redemption and forgiveness…
Who Can Mock This Church? – 50110
What might Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy real reason be for disregarding the truth about homosexuality that it is NOT the cause of or related to child sexual abuse but instead maintaining this public deception of falsely blaming homosexuals? According to the overwhelming documentation that has been revealed in the news media, stating that Benedict XVI played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse, it would strongly suggest it is to protect themselves, in particular to protect Benedict XVI that they are solely responsible for covering up the decades of child sexual abuse cases. They remain completely unconcerned by the devastating lifetime harm, even death they cause adults and especially children globally by their willful disregard of these two basic facts about human sexuality. This is alarmingly inhuman. Their deception becomes more apparent, as the public acceptance of gay marriage continues to increase, especially among the majority of Catholics. Their efforts escalate to maintain this deception and are publically seen as being more frantic and erratic. (References, documentation listed below)
Maintains the Secrecy
Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups Accountability
Why continue this immoral disregard for human life? What purpose does it serve to deny the truth? What would happen if Benedict XVI and the hierarchy accepted the two facts listed above? The Vatican’s antigay teachings would have to be renounced as UNSUBSTANTIATED in the same way that Pope John Paul II renounced that Galileo was not a heretic, but in fact he was right and the church was wrong. This would mean that the Catholic Church would approve gay marriage. It would be taught in the Catholic Church that homosexuality is to be cherished and respected, as a gift from God, a normal part of human development and not related to child sexual abuse anymore than heterosexuality.
What would happen with the elimination of using homosexuality as a scapegoat? The blame, responsibility and the prosecution for the decades of the global child sexual abuse cover-ups would then seem to clearly fall on the Hierarchy (cardinals and bishops). When cardinals and bishops are facing civil court prison sentences, allegiance tends to dissolve rather quickly, definitely killing any secrecy when they are asked under oath “Who ordered the cover-ups?” Again, as indicated by the documentation in the news media, in every case Benedict XVI would more than likely be implicated in ordering the cover-ups. Could this then be the real motivation for Benedict XVI opposing gay marriage? This may be why no member of the hierarchy has ever been allowed to be held for prosecution by civil authorities for covering-up the child sexual abuse, because it would lead directly to Cardinal Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI. This may help to explain why Cardinal Law of Boston 2002 was taken away to Rome instead of having to face the possibility of civil prosecution in the USA.
Benedict XVI would no longer be shielded from the truth finally coming out that he, as Cardinal Ratzinger, did in fact ordered the cover-ups and threatened those who did not follow his orders. This might then begin a great unraveling of all of Benedict XVI’s decades of covert operations, and include revealing those of his accomplices (cardinals, bishops and others) though not all limited to the child sexual abuse cover-ups. No civil authority is likely to touch Benedict XVI. It is only by losing all of his public credibility that will convict him and imprison him for his 30 some years ordering the covering up of the global child sexual abuse cases. As the support continues to increase for gay marriage, especially among Catholics – Benedict XVI’s 30 years of secrecy is being exposed (on roof tops) as the truth emerges more fully, then finally children will be safer and for others true healing can begin. Rebuilding can begin, learning from the devastating mistakes and making the necessary improvements to help assured that this type travesty of Church never happens again.
Knowledge Is Power
Learning - The Facts Of Human Sexuality Saves Lives
Vatican Renounces All Anti-Gay Teachings
Continually learning the facts of human sexuality is the way to do Church cleaning, especially now in the Catholic Church, and how we can begin to rebuild. It is the most non-violent way to establish change that is lasting. It would begin to stop the lifetime harm and deaths caused to millions of innocent adults and children around the world, by Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy willful negligence to learn the truth about human sexuality and then to teach the truth. This is a way for us to begin working together in helping to create a better world for everyone, especially for children. Our learning the facts of human sexuality is the quickest way to help the Vatican Renounce All Unsubstantiated Anti-Gay Teachings.
As more people learn the facts about human sexuality, especially Catholics, they no longer blindly accept Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy shifting the blame onto the homosexuals as the cause for the global child sexual abuse. They begin to see through this deception created by Benedict XVI and promoted by the Hierarchy while hiding behind their unearned respect and reverence that comes with holding high offices in the Church. They see all too clearly who is at blame for the child sexual abuse cover-ups. Catholics, not only those who were sexual abused, but Catholics in general become disillusion and angry. They finally react forcefully much in the same way that the people of Ireland did this September to Benedict XVI and the Vatican years of being non-corporative in actively seeking to resolve the child sexual abuse cases.
Although, there are Catholics who still blindly follow Benedict XVI and the Hierarchy, but this number is dwindling, as individuals actively study the truth, it then continues to spread around the world. Catholics are remembering the importance of being responsible to acquire a well-informed conscience, and now realize to act otherwise is a serious sin that can destroy people’s lives, including the lives of children. We are never to blindly follow anyone; otherwise God would not have given us individual brains. We are to value all God’s gifts to us, most especially our sexual orientation. Because it is how we are able to experience what it is like to be one with another – to love and be loved, it is our most precious gift as human beings. This is the kind of love that makes the world go around, it helps us to make the world a better place for everyone.
Written by - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
John Jay Report: On Not Blaming Homosexual Priests – 51711
"No public figure talks more about child safety but does little to actually make children safer than Pope Benedict" 112611
The New John Jay Report on Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church – “The researchers conclude that there is no causative relationship between either celibacy or homosexuality and the sexual victimization of children in the Church.” 51811
Facts about Homosexuality and Child Molestation - Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D.
Roman Catholic Hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges falsely accused gay priests, WATERGATE? – January 2, 2010
US Bishops mum on economy “...and geared up for fights against gay marriage..." - 111511
US Bishops Behaving Badly – 111411
French gay "wedding" reopens debate ahead of election - 111211
Archbishop Dolan - of New York VOWS SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR ANY GAY-FRIENDLY PRIESTS – 111111
Archbishop Dolan - According to “DIVINE LAW” the NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE as found in the Bible is that the earth does not move. Therefore, GALILEO was a heretic because of his idea that the earth revolves around the sun, he, too, was punished severely. 1633
In 1992, POPE JOHN PAUL II apologized to GALILEO declaring that Galileo was right and Church was wrong. John Paul II himself has said that the scientist was "IMPRUDENTLY OPPOSED." 103192
Archbishop Dolan regarding Gay Marriage - The way for us all to protect “Religious Freedom” and not TYRANNY IN RELIGION is by obtaining a WELL-INFORMED CONSCIENCE – regarding SEXUAL ORIENTATION, human sexuality … – 8911 – Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
ALL BENEDICT XVI’s ROMAN CURIA - Unconscionable Covert Ruthlessness, EXPLOSIVE RETALIATION to Opposition or Exposure - “…[Benedict XVI] receives the full support of the Roman Curia. The Curia does its best to STIFLE CRITICISM in the episcopate and in the church as a whole and to DISCREDIT CRITICS with all the means at its disposal…” - CHURCH IN WORST CREDIBILITY CRISIS SINCE REFORMATION, THEOLOGIAN TELLS BISHOPS – Hans Kung - April 4, 2010
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976) - President Richard Nixon…gathered around him some very suspect people who were willing to commit criminal acts to ensure that Nixon got re-elected. They actually created a squad of lawyers and officials that, while they said it was just "DIRTY TRICKS," devoted itself to sabotaging the Democratic Party by criminal activity… [They] BUGGED, FOLLOWED PEOPLE, FALSE PRESS LEAKS, FAKE LETTERS, cancelled Democratic campaign rallies, investigated Democratic private lives, PLANTED SPIES, and STOLE DOCUMENTS. They even SABOTAGED the candidacy of a Democrat who had a better chance of beating Nixon in the 1972 election, Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine.
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Detroit, MI – KILLING THE SECRECY – Testifies in Child Sexual Abuse Case 2006 - Admits being a victim of sexual abuse – Criticizes Bishops Dallas Charter 2002 - "It's not over and it won't be over until we within the church deal with it in a very open, honest and thorough way…” – VATICAN IMMEDIATE VINDICTIVE RETALIATION – to maintain cover-ups - 11411
Ireland - KILLING THE SECRECY - Exposing - Benedict XVI & Roman Curia - Response to Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups as lacking in empathy, plain human respect & well-being for people – even children – Unconscionable Covert Ruthlessness, EXPLOSIVE RETALIATION to Opposition or Exposure – 9611
SPAIN - The US Bishops New Antigay-Marriage Website - An Ongoing Arrogant Contempt for Humanity – KILLING THE SECRECY - Kids Are Being Hurt!!! – November 22, 2011
Original post 111811
The US Bishops new website “Marriage Unique for A Reason” is NOT A DETAIL explanation of marriage or why they are against gay marriage; it lacks documentation and valid reference sources. Many of the references that are listed are circular references; they are references back to written material that equally have no documentation or valid references to support what is written. This makes the US Bishops new website “Marriage Unique For A Reason” at best an editorial, a statement of opinion that is a covert ongoing sophisticated form of propaganda lacking in empathy, plain human respect and well-being for people, especially children, therefore it is most definitely it is not about Catholic Church teachings. Benedict XVI and his bishops are to be teachers. And as teachers they must outline in detail a comprehensive list of sources, references, and documentation that has been composed by a great number scholars, theologians, experts, etc., all from a wide range of perspectives, fields of study, cultures, background from both the past and present, in order, to give a thorough account of their understanding of marriage and reason to exclude gay marriage. And as like with any good teachers they must be willing to answer any and all questions. This is the authoritative style of teachings, it is based on “substantiated or supported by documentary evidence and accepted by most authorities in a field: an authoritative edition of Shakespeare; an authoritative treatment of a subject.” However, what the US Bishops have given on their website is an authoritarian teaching style, “favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom: authoritarian principles; authoritarian attitudes.”
The US Bishops new website “Marriage Unique for A Reason” is just a continuation of the ongoing irresponsible form of leadership and an unending form of ruthless vindictive discrimination against a large segment of the human population, which includes children growing up in early childhood. It mirrors the same tone of disregard, an arrogant contempt for humanity that has been demonstrated by Benedict XVI, the Roman Curia and hierarchy for the past 30 years by the alarming magnitude of their global child sexual abuse cover-ups.
Benedict XVI is falling into the same trap that destroyed Hitler. Hitler’s anti-intellectual approach dramatized by the “book burning” was to rid Germany at that time of any intellectual thought or scientific research that was in conflict with his idea of Germany’s future. Hitler not only burnt books but removed the scientists and intellectuals, as well as. After Ratzinger became pope Benedict XVI in 2005 almost immediately - like Hitler he removed all the scientists that Pope John Paul II had in place on the committees (congregations) in the Vatican. Benedict XVI continuous refusal to incorporate the global overwhelming contributions of scientific research regarding sexual orientation and gender identity is a crime against humanity. The lifetime harmful effects that this criminal irresponsible leadership has on children growing up during their early childhood psychological developmental years are devastating and for many life threatening. Scripture scholars have stated for decades that the bible does not condemn homosexuality and yet Benedict XVI refuses to acknowledge their findings. The Vatican’s antigay teachings are unsubstantiated both in regards to science and scripture. It is a situation exactly like Galileo’s; only this one continues to have devastating effects, even life threatening effects on children, adults, their families and friends.
Homosexuality & the Bible – Galileo
3 PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTS ABOUT GROWING UP GAY ---
Links found below:
Hitler’s Anti-intellectualism - downfall of German science & Germany’s eventual destruction in 1945
Benedict XVI and the US Bishops violated Pope John Paul II’s directive that science and faith cannot be separated; it will lead to serious error as it did with Galileo. He stressed that there are no irreconcilable differences between science and religion, stating “Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”
What you cannot do is accept injustice.
From Hitler – or anyone.
You must make the injustice visible
– be prepared to die like a
soldier to do so.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!
3 PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTS ABOUT GROWING UP GAY
A partial list:
1. Sexual orientation is set either just before birth or very soon afterwards
Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality - American Psychological Association
The Science of Sexual Orientation - Researchers Focus on Twins (Video)
Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation
Sexual Conversion Therapies - by Jack Drescher, M.D.
Sexual Conversion Therapy - Ethical, Clinical and Research Perspectives (2002) -
edited by Ariel Shidlo, PhD, Michael Schroeder, PsyD, and Jack Drescher, MD
Sexual Orientation & ‘Reparative Therapy’
by Jack Drescher, MD – video
Bibliography for Facts about Sexual Orientation
Major - Medical and Mental Heath Associations
Policies & Position Statements - Regarding Sexual Orientation
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association, AGLP
APSAA, American Psychoanalytic Association
American Psychological Association
American Counseling Association
American Medical Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
Gender Identity Research and Education Society - UK
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Social Workers
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
2. Early psychological development – in a social environment that is anti-gay – causes significant harm to the child’s ability to be in relationships, with others, a job, etc.
Sexual orientation is less about sex and more about love, being one with another human being. Attachment Theory - - LOVE & RELIGION
Mary Ainsworth: Attachment and the Growth of Love – video
Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man
Jack Drescher, M.D. in his book Psychoanalytic Therapy & The Gay Man describes the complexities related to growing up gay; from his research of developmental narratives of gay adults retrospectively recalling their feelings being gay began in early childhood. These gay feelings had remained constant, and were resistant to being altered. Dr. Drescher explains the contrast of how social norms impact the psychology of the early childhood developmental years of a heterosexual boy and a homosexual boy.
Being Homosexual: Gay Men and Their Development – by Richard A. Isay M.D.
Argues that homosexuality is biologically innate, suggests a natural developmental path for homosexuals, and discusses the problems faced in long-term gay relationships
The overstimulation of everyday life: I. New aspects of male homosexuality
Sidney H. Phillips
Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA
J Am Psychoanal Assoc 49:1235-67. 2001
Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis, USA
J Am Psychoanal Assoc 49:1235-67. 2001
Western heterosexual culture surrounds the homosexually inclined boy in a climate of erotic overstimulation that powerfully affects his development and adult sexual adaptation. This assertion is illustrated through a case presentation of a homosexual man who shared a bed with his brother from childhood into adolescence. Analysis of the patient's transference enactment—repeatedly falling asleep on the couch—gradually revealed the psychic impact of this everyday overstimulation: the creation of a tantalized inner world of longing. The regular occurrence and developmental understanding of adolescent homosexual boys' unrequited love affairs with adolescent heterosexual boys are described and explored. Finally, the overstimulation of everyday life is proposed as a new model for understanding certain behavioral aspects of male homosexuality, such as the avoidance of rough-and-tumble play in childhood and homosexual cruising.
Homosexuality: coming out of the confusion
Sidney H Phillips
Int J Psychoanal 84:1431-50. 2003
Int J Psychoanal 84:1431-50. 2003
In this paper, Dr. Phillips describes the complications of how the historical context of social norms can significantly influence the classification of the components of homosexuality by clinicians causing them to be blind to their own biases. Mindful of our susceptibility to this kind of phenomenon, Dr. Phillips calls to task these biases that pathologize homosexuality simply because it is not consistent with heterosexuality and therefore to be classified as a mental disorder. He offers an alternative description of homosexuality from his clinical research that is consistent with other researchers of early childhood psychological development of children who grow up to be gay.
The Psychology of the Closeted Individual and Coming Out – Jack Drescher, MD
Many LGB individuals report developmental histories with difficulty acknowledging their homosexuality, either to themselves or to others. This is because, starting in childhood, LGB individuals are often subjected to antihomosexual attitudes, not only from strangers, but also from their own families and communities (Drescher, Stein and Byne, 2005). The childhood need to hide may persist into adulthood, leading many LGB individuals to conceal important aspects of themselves…Read more
Gay Conversion | Religious Conversion - Transforms the Damned into the Saved | COVERING - Kenji Yoshino – 2002 - The Yale Law Journal
Resource Links -- Conversion Therapy
Policy Statements of Professional Organizations
Rockway Institute - Alliant International University
3. Gay teen suicide – Family Acceptance Project - shows relationship between a lack of family acceptance of a gay child and the rate of substance abuse, suicide and others problems
Groundbreaking Study Finds Family Acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adolescents Protects Against Depression, Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behavior in Early Adulthood – by Caitlin Ryan, PhD, December 6, 2010 - FAMILY ACCEPTANCE PROJECT.
Dr. Caitlin Ryan: Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth: The Critical Role of Family Support – 2009 – podcast
Dr. Caitlin Ryan: Commitment, Intentionality, and Hard Work: What It Takes To Do Culturally Competent, Ground-Breaking Research 2010 – podcast
Family Acceptance Project™ website:
Dr. Caitlin Ryan – Mental Health Matters: How does the “Family Acceptance Project” work? – 2011
Family Acceptance Project™ - Helping diverse families understand how to support their LGBT children – videos
Family Acceptance of LGBT Youth Protects Against Suicide, Depression & Substance Abuse and Predicts Better Health & Self-Esteem
School Victimization of Gender-Nonconforming LGBT Youth Linked with Depression and Quality Of Life In Adulthood
Best Practice Guidelines for Serving LGBT Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Family Acceptance Project™ Resource Links:
San Francisco State University Related Programs
LGBT Family-Related Organizations
LGBT Youth Organizations
LGBT Legal Advocacy Organizations
Online Resources for LGBT Youth
National LGBT Organizations
LGBT Health-Related Organizations
Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling - By Caitlin Ryan and Donna Futterman
UA professor Stephen T. Russell to Explore LGBT Suicide Risk – 2008
Homophobic families harm gay teenagers, study claims - 2008
Internalized Homophobia and Relationship Quality among Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals - David M. Frost and Ilan H. Meyer - 2009
Journal of Counseling Psychology 2009, Vol. 56, No. 1, 97–109
New Report Shows Inequalities for Children with LGBT Parents
Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations -
Preventing Suicide among LGBT Youth by Effie Malley -
Homophobia Is Killing Our Youth – 2009
Gay Bullying Deaths and Religion: Are Believers the Problem or the Solution? 2010
For Many Gay Youth, Bullying Exacts a Deadly Toll – 2010
Gay bullying and Catholic responsibilities – 2010
Homophobia in the Church: What Catholics Are Doing About It, and What Still Needs to Be Done – 2010
“Most religious denominations continue to condemn homosexuality as sinful and
provide a rationale for marginalizing LGB people.” - Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
Social Environment - Although the social environment itself has not been defined as a risk factor for suicide, widespread discrimination against LGBT people, heterosexist attitudes, and gender bias can lead to risk factors such as isolation, family rejection, and lack of access to care providers. Risk factors may interact in unhealthy ways—for example, internalized homophobia or victimization may lead to stress, which is associated with depression and substance abuse, which can contribute to suicide risk. This risk may be compounded by a lack of protective factors that normally provide resilience, such as strong family connections, peer support, and access to effective health and mental health providers…
Herek and colleagues (2007) describe a framework to understand the social environment for sexual minorities. The framework integrates the sociological idea of stigma with the psychological idea of prejudice. Through stigma, society discredits and invalidates homosexuality relative to heterosexuality. Institutions embodying stigma results in heterosexism, and heterosexual individuals internalizing stigma results in prejudice. The United States legal system has faced challenges by sexual minorities and sympathetic heterosexuals that have led to significant changes. However, the legal system continues to reinforce stigma through discriminatory laws and the absence of laws protecting sexual minorities from discrimination in employment, housing, and services. A minority of states had antidiscrimination laws as of 2005, and most of these only referred to employment and not to housing or services. Most religious denominations continue to condemn homosexuality as sinful and provide a rationale for marginalizing LGB people…
See no Race, See no Gay: What Proponents of a Gay-Blind Approach to Bullying in the Schools can Learn from Race Relations - by Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D. and Nestor L. Lopez-Duran PhD,
2010 - Psychology Today
Bullying, gay teen suicides, and a need for a solution – 2010 - Nestor L. Lopez-Duran, PhD. - clinical child psychologist and researcher, University of Michigan
Bullies and Victims: Boys will be boys or a symptom of distress? 2009 - Child Psychology Research
The cruelties of STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE on CHILDREN are often subtle, unspoken, unrecognized, and even normalized, regarded by many people as natural or “just the way things are.” Daniel J. Christie - Peace, Conflict, and Violence:
Peace Psychology for the 21st Century.
Pope’s child porn 'normal' claim sparks outrage among victims -122110
“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.”
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!