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All ye sinners.

I am amazed there are so many stupid and self-centered gays ["Can the Catholic Church Be Saved?" May 10]. While many politicians change their feelings regarding various concerns, including gays, the same shouldn't be expected in religion. God's laws are God's laws, not something based on the latest popularity polls. The new pope's being liberal or conservative has nothing to do with God's laws, and something being more accepted today than in years past isn't going to change God's laws. God didn't make his laws to accommodate anyone. The Reverend Mel White's statement, "The many tributes to [Pope John Paul II] made me sad," is another example of a so-called reverend lacking reverence. As a gay man, I realize that the church doesn't accept my gayness, and I will simply leave it for God to judge my lifestyle.

Chuck Casson,

Bellevue, Ky.

I love your question "Can the new pope save the Catholic Church?" Apparently you haven't been paying attention--the church doesn't need saving; it's the world that's in trouble. Catholics don't care who the pope is, and they certainly don't care how abusive he is toward them. They will gleefully support the church and the new pope no matter who he is or what he says. GLBT Catholics in particular prove the point and provide a constant and perfect model of self-loathing masquerading as worship. They've been told for decades that they are disgusting and unwanted, but they run to Mass every week and then whine about the church's stance toward them. I'm sick of the demented insistence that the church really loves them but hasn't figured it out yet. Wake up, idiots--your beloved church thinks you're evil. Period. Move on. Lots of us did, and we're happier now that we're not seeking validation from someone who hates us. You will not win tiffs fight, so get out of the battle.

Scott Ofstead,

Seattle, Wash.
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Author:Ofstead, Scott
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jun 7, 2005
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