The Roman Catholic Church stood complacently by as Adolph Hitler took countless lives and plunged Europe into a war. Let me remind folks that the opposite of love is complacency, not hatred. Hatred was what the masses of people had to contain as it raged inside them, particularly the European Jews, among other groups.
The Roman Catholic Church never excommunicated Hitler or Mussolini, either.
As a Protestant, I don’t believe in excommunication because it’s done by a bunch of men who believe they are gods in the flesh. My grandmother, the daughter of a Methodist pastor, always reminded me of this when she said, “judge not lest you be judged.”
Like the Methodist Church (unfortunately), the Roman Catholic Church remains steadfast in insisting that being gay is a sin and turning to look the other way at promiscuous sex in the heterosexual community. Ironically, these churches endorse promiscuous homosexual sex, too, as many in the gay community attempt to reduce promiscuity by encouraging monogamous marriages. Makes sense, right?
The kicker in all of this is the Roman Catholic practice of excommunication. It encourages the hatred which can fester and grow in homophobic men (and perhaps women) who are uncomfortable with their own sexuality. How? Because Hitler avoided excommunication while gay pastors and men do not. The message from this heretical church is this. You can murder and steal (and do other things), therefore breaking the 10 Commandments. The church does not care. But be a homosexual (like there is some kind of choice – NOT!), and we will go after you. Then the people who witness this idiocy within the church feel they can be nasty to their fellow human beings who are gay.
Peace be with you.