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Friday, October 26, 2007

Sensibile Thinking on Dumbledore's Homosexuality

Terry at Abbey Roads 2 realizes it's bit too easy to pile on and brings a truffle quote:
Whatever the cause of homosexuality, the Roman Catholic Church does not demand that a person with homosexual inclination change his or her orientation. (Neither does the Church pretend to know the reason people are gay.) To experience homosexual orientation, or same sex attraction is not in itself sinful. The Church simply teaches that to act upon homosexual desire, that is, homosexual acts, is sinful. Unwilling to bind up heavy burdens men are unable to carry, the Church merely teaches that homosexuals are called to chastity. All men and women are called to live chastely, even in heterosexual marriage, and the single are called to live chastely and celibately, either until heterosexual marriage or for life. That is all.
So, Harry Potter author, JK Rowling, now says Dumbledore is gay. Unless she chooses to write a prequel with tales of his impropriety (fan fiction aside), there is no need to dip ourselves in holy water and flagellate about the neighborhood. Plus it's not very effective evangelization.

What may be more troubling than a main character having same-sex attraction is Rowling's statements that the books are a "prolonged argument for tolerance" and that her fans should "question authority". Does this mean the series is meant to be a paean to materialism? Well, wouldn't that just play into Frau Kuby's hands? Fortunately, the value of art is not determined solely by what the artist intends, but also by what the patron receives.

1 comment:

  1. JK Rowling, now says Dumbledore is gay. Unless she chooses to write a prequel with tales of his impropriety (fan fiction aside), there is no need to dip ourselves in holy water and flagellate about the neighborhood. Plus it's not very effective evangelization.

    Amen.

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