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The Devil ala H. Jon Benjamin from Lucy, the Daugher of the DevilAs if the Roman Catholic Church didn’t have enough to deal with already, it apparently decided to turn the heat up on itself. The house organ of the archdiocese of Boston, The Pilot, had to withdraw a column that claimed that the devil was responsible for homosexuality, as the AP reports via the Boston Globe (locally-cached article):

The oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States has retracted an opinion column suggesting the devil may be responsible for gay attraction.

The column, which appeared Friday in the Archdiocese of Boston’s official newspaper, The Pilot, was titled “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction.” It was written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In the column, Avila says “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.”

The language Avila used in his column is reminiscent of the “biological error” quip that talk-radio heroine Laura Schlessinger ran aground on years ago:

It also says “disruptive imbalances in nature that thwart encoded processes point to supernatural actors who, unlike God, do not have the good of persons at heart.” It says that when “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.”

Way to go, guys. Way to go! You must all be so proud.

Photo credit: Marshall Astor.

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