tigerman wrote:No offense meant to your folks, QM, but in my opinion, many "religious" people are quite confused.
Meant to say this earlier... no offense taken, tigerman. I don't know about other "religious" people, but my folks were brought up in a conservative Christian environment, as was I. In that environment you are supposed to develop a personal relationship with God. However, often, that doesn't involve searching things out for yourself. Instead, people listen to a preacher/pastor/minister and what s/he says is considered... well, gospel. I think the same is true for many people and the Pope. Even though the pastor (or Pope) can be, and is, often wrong or, at the very least, a bit biased in their study of the scripture.
In the evangelical tradition I grew up in, at least, we were encouraged to seek out answers on my own. However, there are still topics that you are not supposed to (or, at least no one does) question. Homosexuality is one of them.
Needless to say, I didn't heed that unspoken rule.