When leaders get too far out of touch with the people they’re supposed to lead, they lose their credibility. The Vatican has credibility on many other, real moral issues, but its positions on sexuality have become bizarre through neglect or just stubbornness. Catholics can freely ignore the Vatican since it has no real enforcement authority. They can go to church (or not) for the good things the church stands for, and shake their heads at the more ludicrous positions.
A reader is on the same page:
Another point to consider: How many of us Catholics have stopped going to church regularly because we don't like the Church's anti-gay agenda?
(Photo: Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalist aboard the plane flying from Italy to Santiago de Compostela, on November 6, 2010 prior to a two-day visit in Spain. Benedict XVI lands in Spain today to reclaim a bastion of the Church from the lure of quick divorce, abortion rights and gay marriage. By Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)