Archbishop James Weisgerber, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has complained that Lahey is being unfairly tried "in the court of public opinion." Yet most Catholics are amply distressed by what Lahey has already conceded. Police warrants say Lahey's confiscated laptop had stored photos of young males, including some underage males, engaged in sex acts; those accusations remain to be proven. But suppose the models in the pornographic images had attained the age of legal majority, or suppose that the images were not photos but realistic paintings or computer simulations? In such case the court might regard Lahey's vice as "victimless" and judge him innocent of any wrongdoing. Would Lahey be thereby vindicated? Would Weisgerber urge that he be restored to his bishopric?
But Archbishop, you're dodging the very point at issue. Does the Catechism have it right that the homosexual orientation points in and of itself -- in a way that heterosexuality does not -- to some damage in need of remedy? Or is the Church flat out mistaken? A lot of very important decisions, in the civil sphere as well as the ecclesiastical, depend on whether one regards a man's attraction to a man as wholesome or not.