Latino Voices. Access to Insight. From religious circles, same-sex love spread to the warrior samurai class. From the Seventh to the Thirteenth Century. Though these relations had existed in Japan for millennia, they became most apparent to scholars during the Tokugawa or Edo period. They also triggered near panic on the Catholic right. However, at an earlier pointhe is quoted as remarking that "according to Buddhism, any emotional involvement, whether homosexual or heterosexual, is a form of attachment
This is clear, sound advice and seems to suggest that sexual misconduct is that which would disrupt existing family or love relationships.
This cultural and moral shift has not only changed the consciousness of most American Catholics 67 percent of whom support civil marriage for gay couples and gay priests many of whom are close to quitting but also broken the silence that long shrouded the subject. Gall who prefers boys pueri and who has apparently accommodated himself to the circumstance that they will grow older no matter what happens—but not without some groaning on his part: As was the case in convents as well. Some described to me how their sense of displacement as boys and teens made them more sensitive to the needs of other marginalized people:
What is most significant about the treatment of homosexuals in Carolingian times rests rather in the fact that because the heat was still off, same-sex love was expressed openly and passionately in the many letters and poems written by contemporary monks and churchmen, who in their time functioned also as the appointed guardians of culture and literacy.