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mardi, novembre 29, 2005

Tend to be Gay? (Sod 'em)


From the BBC: The Vatican has published long-awaited guidelines which reaffirm that active homosexuals and "supporters of gay culture" may not become priests. But it treats homosexuality as a "tendency", not an orientation, and says those who have overcome it can begin training to take holy orders.

More Vatican news therefore. After the eradication of "limbo" we are now seeing a rewording of the Vatican policy on homosexuality. The Vatican refers to homosexuality as a "tendency" - you tend to be gay - which can be overcome. Under the new guidelines in fact, a person may be ordained a deacon after three years have passed since he "overcomes a transitory problem". Although sexual apostates would be allowed to proceed towards priesthood the document still reserves harsh words for the homosexual "sinner".

"If a candidate practises homosexuality, or presents deep-seated homosexual tendencies, his spiritual director as well as his confessor have the duty to dissuade him in conscience from proceeding towards ordination(...) Such persons in fact find themselves in a situation that presents a grave obstacle to a correct relationship with men and women." But the paper also stresses the Church's deep respect for homosexuals, who, it says, should by no means be discriminated against.

Canon law experts note that the new guidelines were not issued in forma specifica, meaning the Pope has not officially invested it with his personal authority, according to the National Catholic Reporter. That might mean there is room for further interpretation or revision in the future.

The times, they are a-changing. Slowly. very slowly. The last word, surely, must go to Chubby Checker....

Every limbo boy and girl
All around the limbo world
Gonna do the limbo rock
All around the limbo clock
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go unda limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock
Limbo lower now
Limbo lower now
How low can you go


First you spread your limbo feet
Then you move to limbo beat
Limbo ankolimboneee,
Bend back like a limbo tree
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go unda limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock


la la la etc (instead of instrumental break)

Get yourself a limbo girl
Give that chic a limbo whirl
There's a limbo moon above
You will fall in limbo love
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go unda limbo stick
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock
Don't move that limbo bar
You'll be a limbo star

How low can you go?

Illustration: Sodom

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