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Justice Scalia’s Son Doesn’t Think You Exist

Paul Scalia proves that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. The son of famously antigay Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be a featured speaker at the annual meeting of Courage, the Catholic group that “ministers to persons with same-sex attractions” by telling them to never, ever, ever have sex.  Ever.

Paul Scalia is a priest who has made a name for himself in the world of Catholic philosophy about sexual orientation, largely by pretending the modern world does not exist. To Scalia, there is only one sexual orientation, “toward the one-flesh union of marriage.”

Which means–ta da!–homosexuality doesn’t exist. “Homosexual tendencies (to use a term from magisterial documents), do not constitute a fixed, unchangeable aspect of the person and therefore should not be considered an ‘orientation.’” In fact, you should never call someone homosexual because “it does a disservice to the dignity of the human person by collapsing personhood into sexual inclinations.” So what should we be called? Scalia admits that “the Church is still trying to find the right vocabulary to speak about this modern phenomenon.” No doubt.

Photo credit: ISI Speakers Bureau