The newspaper ran a column — which it has now pulled — saying that:
“…the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil.”
It also said that natural disasters are caused by the evil one rather than, for example, tectonic plate movements. Truth Wins Out points out that this is in direct contrast to the actual position of the American Catholic Bishops.
The Pilot is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston.
The column’s author is Massachusetts attorney Daniel Avila, who serves as Policy Advisor for Marriage and Family to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. He wrote:
“Any time natural disasters occur, we as people of faith look back to Scripture’s account of those angels who rebelled and fell from grace. In their anger against God, these malcontents prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. They continue to do all they can to mar, distort and destroy God’s handiwork.”
“Therefore, whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God,” Avila wrote.
“The teaching of Sacred Scripture and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church make it clear that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God and have inviolable dignity.”
“I deeply apologize for the hurt and confusion that this column has caused.”
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