In the column, Avila says “the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil.”
It also says “disruptive imbalances in nature that thwart encoded processes point to supernatural actors who, unlike God, do not have the good of persons at heart.” It says that when “natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God.”
He has since apologized for any “hurt and confusion” his column caused. Yeah, I’m sure he had no idea that telling millions of Americans that they were devil spawn would be received in a negative light.
I’d love to have been a fly on the wall for this one. The fact that the Catholic church felt the need to retract, and apologize, for being mean to gays is rather fascinating. Then again, it’s rather sad that the best we can get from these guys is “no, perhaps you’re not the spawn of Satan.”