In a June 2006 issue of the New Oxford Review (Is the Catholic Church Going the Way of the Episcopal Church?), editor Dale Vree delivered some blistering criticism of Benedict's handling of the issue of homosexuality in the clergy ("The defining moment of Pope Benedict's papacy so far has been the document on homosexuals in the seminaries, and he flubbed it").
even goes so far as to seemingly give credence to the liberal spin on the encyclical as a vehicle for recognizing "the anthropological validity of homosexuality and homosexual relationships" (citing Father James Alison Holy Redeemer Parish
in San Francisco).
What some found problematic is that, while many rebuffed the spin on the encyclical by liberal pundits, Vree
declined to do so and even appears to grant it a certain legitimacy.In Benedict and the Lavender Mafia (Musings of a Pertinacious Papist July 25, 2006), Dr. Blosser deflect some of the criticism by explaining what he
presumes to be Vree's
intentions in writing the editorial.Did he
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