Linda Caroll, I don’t think bringing up the Church’s treatment of women is at all derailing. In fact, I think that homophobia and misogyny are inextricably intertwined.
The Catholic Church refuses to allow women in any meaningful leadership roles. Orders of Catholic nuns in the United States have been ordered to silence by bishops and Cardinals, disciplined for working to succor the poor and oppressed in ways that contradict the teachings of the all-male Church leadership.
Oppression of women and LGBTQ people by powerful men is an all-too common phenomenon in rhe world.
The Catholic Church as led by Francis is one of the worst institutional offenders.