Avila writes in the Pilot, The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Boston, and the oldest Catholic Newspaper in America.
The best natural evidence of what God causes and wants for us is our genetic code. Science has isolated certain genetic combinations that are typical to human creation and development. The most basic and the first genetic expression is that which occurs at our conception, when at the same time our individual human life begins our sexual identity as male or female begins. That which is genetically encoded, for believers, points to a codifier, and communicates through its design the codifier’s intent. Interpreting from a spiritual perspective the genetic code which supplies our sexual difference, we have to conclude that God wants us to be male or female.
Whether God has anything to do with it or not, he is correct in stating that, for the most part, our gender is determined at the time of conception. However, it is not as simple as that; sometimes God screws thinks up. There are a certain number of people who are born with something other than an XY or XX chromosome match. These may be XXX, XXY, XYY, XO or something even more complicated. Some infants have been born with as many as 8 X chromosomes. Among the more familiar ones include Turner’s Syndrome (XO) and Klinefelter’s Syndrome (XXY). What God’s plan is for these people, we don’t know.
Avila goes on:
No one has found a “gay gene.” Identical twins are always, of course, the same sex, providing further proof of male and female genes. If there was a gay gene, then when one twin exhibits same-sex attraction, his or her identical sibling should too. But that is not the case. The incidence of finding identical twins with identical same-sex attraction is relatively rare and certainly not anywhere near one hundred percent. Something other than the hardwiring found in the genetic code must explain the variance.
His first statement is correct, there is no ‘gay’ gene. The confluence of genetics, foetal, and childhood environments are much more complex than that. He is good at making statements without backing them up. A quick search of the literature, and one comes to the conclusion that twin studies so show a strong genetic component in homosexuality.Of course, as would be expected, the number is considerable less than 100%, but there is a connection.
He then goes on to reference Simon LeVay’s and his book, “Gay, Straight and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Attraction”. I don’t have the book, but on his website, LeVay makes the statement:
Although quite a few of the findings reported here are inconsistent between studies or await independent replication, my general conclusion is that biological processes, especially the prenatal, hormonally-controlled sexual differentiation of the brain, are likely to influence a person’s ultimate sexual orientation.
Avila states that Catholics do not have the luxury of being materialists. Following that statement to its logical conclusion, anything that could possibly have a supernatural, or in his mind Divine, explanation must take precedence over a naturalist explanation.
In other words, the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil. Any time natural disasters occur, we as people of faith look back to Scripture’s account of those angels who rebelled and fell from grace. In their anger against God, these malcontents prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. They continue to do all they can to mar, distort and destroy God’s handiwork.
There he goes, jumping right into natural disasters. Unlike many Evangelical Christians, who put the blame on God punishing the wicked with earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornadoes, Avila puts the blame in the lap of fallen angels.
Therefore, whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally unchosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God. Applying this aspect of Catholic belief to interpret the scientific data makes more sense because it does not place God in the awkward position of blessing two mutually incompatible realities — sexual difference and same-sex attraction.
Anything that upsets his concept of the natural order of things, comes from Satan himself. He and Mama Boucher would be in complete agreement.