The following comments on what I wrote on the Synod came from my regular correspondent. His frank admissions about his sexual liberation make interesting reading.
I know your agenda goes further than mine. I would be happy if the synod just ok’ed masturbation. I read the account in today’s paper and while I don’t see any big change coming soon there is at least a dialog taking place. I was never a fan of Vatican II, I still favor the Latin Mass. I think Vatican II should have addressed some of those things the synod is now at least looking at, i.e., divorced being able to remarry and receive communion, masturbation, civil marriage, cohabitation, contraception. With the courts currently giving approval to gay marriages the Church has to also address the issue. In addressing gay marriage they must also address homosexuality, like it or not. Since I met my friend Jim, opened a communication link with you I have come to better understand that men can have relationships with men and women with women. Jim being a priest and a lifelong masturbator made me see things differently. While I believed that some priests masturbated I never thought I’d ever know a priest who would state in a magazine that he was a lifelong masturbator nor that he would invite me to be naked with him, play with his genitals, masturbate each other and eventually consent to me sucking his cock. As I’ve said before, at first I was very reluctant to go beyond being naked with Jim and discussing masturbation. Once we touched each other’s genitals all reluctance disappeared. As I said above, I don’t think we’ll see any great change soon. As masturbation is such a small part of all of this I doubt it will ever be addressed as a subject but it will just become something that is no longer considered wrong.
I think that masturbation is in no way a small part of the whole homosexual debate. The acceptance by religious authorities of the rightness and normalcy and of the moral goodness or neutrality of masturbation is the one thing that opens up the road to a sound understanding of homosexual potential. If, for example, it is all right for me to masturbate by myself, then it is all right for two of us to masturbate together, for two of us to masturbate each other, and, ultimately, to masturbate anally or orally.