Gayness Continues to Boggle Rome

In Catholics-coping-with-homosexuality news, an actual D.C. bishop-advising lawyer, Daniel Avila, who works “in the office that opposes the spread of same-sex marriage,” has indicted the “devil” “for same-sex attraction.” In print. In The Pilot, which has since apologized for the theological error and deleted the column: 

“A spokeswoman for the bishops’ conference said that Mr. Avila’s column was not approved by the bishops, and that the church does not have a definitive theory on the origins of same-sex attraction.” Let us know when you come up with something even better, Mr. Avila. Also, that “office” sounds like a perfect staging point for a new Catholic horror movie franchise: The Handbasket.

Meanwhile, down in New Orleans, some students have “mixed feelings” about just how gay-friendly Loyola University is, as reported in The Maroon. Mackenzie McMillan, a political science junior, is quoted as saying, “I mean, our nickname is ‘Gayola.’ That goes beyond being gay. In my mind, that means being accepting of people of all kinds and that means a lot to me.”

This comment is a brow-furrower. Catholic schools almost always acquire degrading nicknames. To name a few: Gayfield, Pervite, Boyola. These nicknames say that students at said schools are depraved and most likely pedophiles. I would tend to read “Gayola” as being a “that’s so gay”-type of insult, meaning at most, Gayolans are failed humans by dint of merely attending a Catholic institution; and at worst, all of the previous.  Reading on, I discovered that Mr. McMillan “is not associated with the Catholic religion.”

Ah. Stay gold, Mackenzie. Stay gold.

Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.