Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun from Nashville, caused a stir at Charlotte Catholic High School last Friday when she said that masturbation, watching porn and absentee fathers can turn little boys gay.
“She gave an example of one of her gay ‘friends’ who said he used to go to a shed with his friends and watch porn and that’s why he was gay,” one student told qnotes. “Then she talked about the statistic where gay men have had either over 500 or 1000 sexual partners.”
“She brought up an abusive Australian couple that was gay and they abused their child,” another student added, “portraying to us that gay people are unfit parents.”
David Hains, a spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, told qnotes the belief that masturbation makes people gay was not an official church teaching.
“The Catholic Church believes people who are homosexual or have a same-sex attraction, whatever you want to call it, are people who deserve lives of peace and dignity,” he said.
It would have been fine if he had left it at that. But then he chose to elaborate:
“At the same time,” Hains said, “the Catholic Church teaches that sex outside of marriage is wrong.”
In other words: Gay people deserve to be treated with respect, but they shouldn’t have sex outside of marriage, and since the Catholic Church refuses to acknowledge same-sex marriage, that means gay people can’t have sex.
Hains told qnotes that people sometimes have a “misunderstanding on the church’s stand on marriage and its welcoming of homosexual people into Catholic churches.”
No misunderstanding. We’ve got the message loud and clear.
In a separate interview with WBTV, Hains stuck up for Laurel: “Is a homosexual person born that way, or do they develop that way? There is no real answer. She was presenting more the side of the argument that homosexuality is something that develops in someone. They are not born with it.”
Laurel has not responded to requests for comment, although she is scheduled to return to the school to give another
hate speech pep talk in May. Students, however, don’t want her back. A Change.org petition condemning the nun’s homophobic remarks and demanding the school that hosted her issue a formal apology currently has over 2,000 signatures.
Hains said a meeting between parents, students, and teachers is planned for Wednesday “to basically kind of air this whole thing out.”