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Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church
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Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church

Published: 28 Jul 2010 08:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Jul 2010 08:39 GMT+02:00

A leading German theologian has been barred from the prestigious papal academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas after admitting he was gay, media reported Wednesday.

David Berger, 42, a grammar school teacher and expert on the influential medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas, told the daily Frankfurter Rundschau in April that he was a homosexual.

Now, the same paper has reported that the academy head, who is a member of the ultra-conservative Church group Opus Dei, has banned him from teaching at the academy.

Berger’s position on “a point of Church teaching” made it impossible for him to continue, academy president Lluis Clavell wrote in a letter of dismissal. Clavell wrote that he had learnt of Berger’s admission with “deep pain” and dismay.

When Berger came out in April, he accused the Catholic Church of having a “hypocritical, bigoted” position on homosexuality, and complained of a “growth in the homophobic tendencies within Catholicism.”

He also called on the Church to reassess its position on homosexuality.

Berger, considered a theological conservative, was previously editor of a leading conservative Church journal – a position from which he has already resigned.

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09:13 July 28, 2010 by whatzup
What did Berger expect, a handshake? He has publicly admitted to activity the Church has held to be sinful for 2000 years without remorse. Berger is a fool if he thinks he can effect a change in an institution already under siege for the outrageous behavior of some of its male clergy with boys.
14:42 July 28, 2010 by Prufrock2010
whatzup --

So you're homophobic, too. Talk about clueless.
16:32 July 28, 2010 by whatzup
Nope, I'm hydrophobic, can't stand holy water. So you're gay, too.
07:18 July 29, 2010 by auniquecorn
Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church, Is that a tounge lashing?
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