The Pilot reports somewhat objectively on the resignation of Daniel Avila. The story, however, concludes with this slightly puzzling statement from the USCCB’s director of media relations, Sister Mary Ann Walsh (@sisterwalsh):
“While the general population has debated whether it’s nurture or nature that leads to a homosexual inclination, the church has not posed any theory in that regard.”
Why puzzling? What competence does the Church have even to pose a “theory” about this in the first place? Almost all fields of scientific inquiry are quite clear that sexual orientation is a “given.” Should its genesis be studied by science? Of course, but “theorizing” about its genesis by an institution which has a pre-set agenda is hardly a path that will lead to clarity and truth.