Gay Rights and the Catholic Church

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Sochi, Gay Rights and the Catholic Church
The Sochi Olympics like many Games that preceded it, is symbolic of human endurance and excellence, where thousands of athletes travel across the globe, to compete under the banner of their respective nations. While the Olympics are undoubtedly a showcase of individual pursuits of glory, the cultural significance of this event cannot and should never be underestimated. The Olympics could be described as a cataloged history of nations coming together under the five ‘interlocking’ rings, to collaborate and celebrate on a world stage. It is a chance to reflect on the differences and uniqueness of all those who attend, and to put aside the political, cultural and religious discontent that can often impose itself on the global community. Unfortunately for many of us, these games did not symbolize the progress we have made in this respect, but came to symbolize the morally reprehensible position of the Kremlin’s position on Homosexuality, and its authoritarian reaction to individual and groups who questioned the legitimacy of their laws. It also highlighted through the inaction of the global community, a sinister pervasiveness of homophobia throughout the world.
During one of the many debates that often ensue during my history class; the topic of homosexual rights was put to the class. What transpired from this debate was a series of thought provoking questions that inspired me to write this particular article. Upon conducting my own research it became apparent to me that the Catholic Church in particular played a large role in providing a platform for homophobia to exist. The Vatican even went so far as to claim that homosexuality was a ‘moral evil’ and that people who were afflicted by this were ‘disordered’.
The Catholic Church condemns homosexuality as a moral disorder that can be corrected according to the previous…...

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