"I can't tell you how many gay Catholic kids I've buried who killed themselves because they didn't believe God loved them."
Thus spake the Rev. Mel White of a US organisation called Soulforce, whose New York chapter joined a demonstration on Saturday prior to Pope Ratzinger's Stateside visit this week. White says in this story* that, while many Catholics can separate what they believe from the Pope's teaching, "there are tens of millions who don't have that ability".
He said Benedict XVI (a.k.a. Joseph Ratzinger, former head of the Inquisition, which is now known, cosily, affectionately, fluffily, by the more cuddly sobriquet of "the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith") is "directly responsible for the consequences of his teaching on homosexuality that has led to suffering and death for his people".
Hard-hitting stuff. You can read much of the papal bull this evil bastard and his cronies have uttered about gay people in that story linked to above. Go on, get yourself into a lather. Then ask yourself just how gay Catholics can follow this church – a church that thinks they are intrinsically disordered and guilty of a moral evil.
* That link has been broken since posting, possibly due to site changes at Gaycitynews.com; sorry about that – ed.