Paul Scalia, the son of Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia, will address a group that promotes lifelong
abstinence for gay and lesbian Catholics.
Reverend Paul Scalia, a Roman Catholic
priest in Arlington, Virginia, will address Courage, a group that
encourages chastity for gay Catholics, at its annual summit to be
held at the University of Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois
later this month.
a project of People for the American Way, notes that the conference's
website lists Scalia as “the Chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Courage apostolate” and points to a 2012 article written by
Scalia in which he argues that there is no such thing as a
“We should not predicate 'homosexual'
of any person,” Scalia wrote. “That does a disservice to the
dignity of the human person by collapsing personhood into sexual
“Homosexual tendencies (to use a term
from magisterial documents), do not constitute a fixed, unchangeable
aspect of the person and therefore should not be considered an
'orientation.' Further, the term does violence to a proper
understanding of human sexuality. Either our sexuality is oriented
in a certain direction (i.e. toward the one-flesh union of marriage),
or it is not. We cannot speak of more than one sexual 'orientation'
any more than we can think of the sun rising in more than one place
(i.e. the orient).”