I pointed out earlier how it wasnt hate, neither do I hate gays (in fact I tolerate them and even work within the church to change things), nor do I know a single catholic practitioner priest, monk, or bishop that I could define as homophobic. I dont deny that there are likely some (pure probability states they pretty much have to be there) but I do deny that the organization or people must hate gays just to disagree with the choice they make in their life (the choice reffering only to the choice of having sex or not with a person of the same sex). I presume that you are somewhat jaded, if the case is that you can not accept them as anything except evil, or hatred ridden people then I think it would be best that you not participate in these kinds of conversations. Its counterproductive to the debate and the idea of fair representation of people and groups
I want to comment about pedophile priests, but I said I no longer would. I recomend you review the other threads regarding that topic, especially the one I posted not to long about about punishment for a priests inappropriate actions. It does not happen all the time, and people seem to blame the pope directly for it which is at best Ill informed.
You also fail to relize that its a possiblity that she wanted to start conflict, as I mentioned earlier. To many people are to quick to jump to the side of gays when in this situation either or even both groups could be considered the victim
I don't want to rant about this point, so I'll simply state: There mere fact that you consider tolerance to be an impressive thing shows the hate that society in general has for gay people.
If you do not know a single catholic who is homophobic you clearly don't know too many, that or you are just willfully ignoring that aspect of them. I think it's pretty cut and dry. If I campaigned against civil rights on the grounds that my religion told me black people were evil... you'd likely consider me a racist. But for some reason, when it's gay people, "oh, they're not homophobic, they just think it's wrong." Interesting double-standard, that.
As for me being jaded, I've said before, my grandparents being a great example, I KNOW that there are amazing people out there, who take the best out of religion, so it's not that I think that all Catholics are evil. But, frankly, I do think the Church is. Not even just on this point. I don't want to derail the topic into a discussion of how the Catholic Church is evil and the Pope should be arrested for crimes against humanity, but suffice to say, yeah, I think they're pretty evil. Personally, I think, if I should leave for being so certain of how evil they are, I think you should leave for being too naive to accept how evil they are. That's besides-the-point, of course, because this thread isn't ABOUT whether or not the Catholic church is evil, it's about whether or not this particular instance is wrong or not. I can argue whether or not they're wrong on a single issue regardless of my opinion on how evil they are in general.
To a side note, before getting back on topic, I don't blame the Pope for the child molestation controversy, I blame him for all the stuff he HAS done.
Now, back on topic, frankly, even if she DID do this just to stir up controversy, I still stand by my position. Just because she may have been in the wrong, doesn't mean they were in the right.