No sooner did I remark (in my prior post) that the media hadn't commented on the Statement on Homosexuality than the SL Trib's Peggy Fletcher Stack posts a story on it. She notes the Statement was "quietly posted two weeks ago" at LDS.org rather than via the more usual avenues of communicating doctrine or policy: at Conference, by a letter to local leaders, or in a press release. The Statement is described as "controversial," and the comments by Elders Oaks and Wickman as "complex and personal."
The Trib article quoted an LDS spokesman as explaining that the Statement was published as an interview because "the format enabled Mormon leaders to address the issue in full context 'without having their message diluted through the news media.'" After noting that LDS blogs were all over the story, the article quotes several commentators whose opinions of the Statement vary from "a reasonable response to the questions that are on people's minds" (from an LDS psychiatrist) to "objectionable, insulting, untrue, and manipulative" (from an LDS gay luminary). Oh, and the article quotes a well known Bloggernacle personality saying she likes the Statement's "emphasis on maintaining family and church relationships with gay men."
[Note: Expect long delays in posting from the moderation queue to the public weblog over the holiday weekend.]