Mark Dowd “What lies behind religious homophobia” http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/26/anti-gay-rhetoric-of-religious-leaders
(…) We interviewed clerics and ex-seminarians in the UK, US and Rome and uncovered a huge irony: the very institution that teaches that the homosexual orientation is "intrinsically disordered" attracts gay candidates for the priesthood in numbers way in excess of what one would expect, based on numbers in society at large. One seminary rector based on his own experience told me the number was at least 50%.
Gay Catholics like me will appreciate another irony with the news of Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation*1: that the very man whose trenchant rhetoric on the subjects of gay adoption and marriage has been brought down by accusations of improper same-sex behaviour from no less than four men who crossed his path in the 1980s, either as a seminary rector or as archbishop of Edinburgh. His decision not to participate in the papal conclave is not to be taken as an admission of guilt and he contests the accusations made against him. Nevertheless, it does raise some general questions about a possible relationship between the tone of anti-gay rhetoric and the identities of those who engage in such high-octane language on same sex attraction.
For our programme, Queer and Catholic*2, we interviewed two men from the English College in Rome who had fallen in love while training for the priesthood. In seminary they had tried to have open and frank discussions about homosexuality but were told by staff and many fellow students alike that this was not the done thing.
In the TV interview, one of them reported on the fact that it was frequently the very men who were out and about in Rome engaging in casual sexual acquaintances in the Monte Capitolino, a nearby park, who were often the most vehemently homophobic in the seminars on sexual ethics.
「クィア神学者」 Elizabeth Stuartの論を全く読んでいないので、何とも言えないのだが、儀礼の美的側面に対する愛と性的指向性は関係ないのではないか。能楽の魅力のひとつがあのゴージャスな装束にあることはあの橋下徹でさえ認めるのではないか*4。しかし、それと性的指向性とは関係ないだろう。ヘテロだろうがホモだろうが、能装束の美には魅かれる。そもそもカトリックは（アングリカンもそうだけど）〈美〉をウリにした宗教だったのだ*5。それよりも、よく謂われるホモ・ソーシャル*6とホモセクシュアリティの捩れた関係の一例ということだろうか。（ホモ･ソーシャルな世界としての）軍隊や（『ブロークバック・マウンテン』の！）カウボーイは反ゲイである（と世間的には見做されている）と同時に、ゲイにとって重要な萌えの対象でもある（Cf. 梁文道「従《断臂山》回到西部」 in 『噪音太多』*7、pp.196-197）*8。日本におけるホモ･ソーシャルな世界としては、あとキモオタの世界があると思うけれど。
Building on this, the lesbian writer on queer theology, Elizabeth Stuart*3, in a fascinating deconstruction of "liturgy queens", made the observation that in her experience it was more often than not the very closeted clergy who deployed an almost neurotic obsession with the size and length of the altar cloth and ecclesiastical protocol as "their own way of dealing with their demons". We have to be careful of a simplistic reductio ad absurdum here. Love of aesthetics in liturgy does not automatically prove anything about one's sexual orientation. But I think Stuart had a point.
Of course, "inverted homophobia" as it has come to be known, doesn't only occur inside the Church of Rome. Colorado evangelical preacher Ted Haggard*9, married and father of five children, spent years assuring that LGBT individuals would be getting their fair share of hellfire and brimstone before his (male) lover spilled the beans. Republican Senator Richard Curtis*10, an opponent of gay rights legislation, had the misfortune to be caught with a young man on camera inside an erotic video store. Then there was George Rekers, Baptist minister and leading light of the Family Research Council, who had sloped off on a not-so-secret European holiday with a younger man*11.
*1:Severin Carrell and Sam Jones “Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns amid claims of inappropriate behaviour” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/25/cardinal-keith-obrien-resigns
*6:See also http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20060305/1141591716 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20061012/1160664502 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20080430/1209520910 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20080718/1216350252 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20081212/1229055238 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090702/1246541132 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20090716/1247682636 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20091109/1257741894 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20091124/1259062337 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110711/1310400277 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20120301/1330618754 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20130305/1362499984
*8:Mentioned in http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20110703/1309710487