Damian Thompson has launched an astonishing attack on Fr Zuhlsdorf for a blogpost on the murder of a Catholic lady by a homosexual in 2002 which has been highlighted by a Catholic Bishop in Springfield, Illinois.
I would agree that the original blogpost seemed to fit the 'sweeping generalisation' label, but there is much to get the head nodding in Fr Z's post, most of which was said, surprisingly perhaps, by a Bishop. If a Priest wants to say something about the homosexual political movement must he always, in every instance, distinguish between the 'nice' homosexuals who just want to 'get along' and the homosexuals who want to kill or imprison anyone who disagrees with the lifestyle? Are we saying that within the 'gay community' there is nobody who wants to see its opponents silenced, if necessary, by force? I think that would be most naive.
When Fr Z says, 'this is where we are heading', it seems obvious to me that open persecution by the homosexual movement - even violent persecution - could well be where we are headed. The gay political movement need not force those who disagree with the overpowering of Western civilisation by the homosexual movement, of course, because they are doing quite well at getting the Government (and the media) to do the persecuting for them. 'Same-sex marriage' will see to that.
Perhaps there is something wrong with me but I don't see anything that has me leaping out of my chair in horror in Fr Z's post. Perhaps I need to be sent to some kind of Government re-education camp or something, but I don't really get why Damian has exploded. With the best will in the world, I do sometimes get irritated by Catholics in the mainstream media who really have said very little in defence of marriage and feel unable to launch any kind of attack on its abolition by a 'gay rights' agenda-led Government, but who will happily expend energy in attacking a Priest for highlighting something the media tend to ignore. Fr Z has corrected much of what could be interpreted as offensive in his original post.