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A matter of leadership.

* I took umbrage at Msgr. Daniel Hamilton's assertion (Letters, NCR, Sept. 16) that the reason we Catholics don't fall in behind the bishops on the same-sex marriage issue is because we are uneducated. This is not a matter of not having found the magic PR formula. This is a matter of faulty leadership.

The main reason many Catholics no longer listen to their bishops, in my opinion, is that the bishops lost much of their moral authority by their inadequate and often shameful responses to the clergy sex abuse scandal. Even now hardly a week goes by hen we do not learn of yet another bishop equivocating when faced with possible clergy abuse.

Another reason is that many of us simply do not agree that homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered." We know from the physical sciences and psychology that human sexuality is extremely complex. It is not simply a matter of connecting Part A to Part B to produce Part C.

I think of the words of Genesis when God finished creating the world: "He looked on all he had made and saw that it was all very good."


Rockingham, Vt.

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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Melesco, Patricia
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 14, 2011
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