In an editorial in the Boston Pilot, Daniel Avila, a lobbyist and spokesperson for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Catholic Conference, wrote that because being gay is not genetic, it must be the work of the devil.
Avila penned the column in the Boston Pilot, the newspaper of the Boston Archdiocese which also claims to be the oldest Catholic newspaper in the U.S. In the column, he claimed because no definite genetic connection can be established for homosexuality, then logically, homosexuality must be the work of the devil.
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.
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.
Avila is one of the top employees of the Roman Catholic Church working to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. He previously worked for the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the public-policy arm of the Massachusetts Catholic Bishops.
He also describes himself as the church’s “marriage guy.”