Hi Kids! Welcome to 2012. Sorry I’ve been incommunicado for awhile, but the Lord family made an Abraham-style journey out of Ur (which is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and not in Mesopotamia, as scholars once thought) and settled in Cincinatti, Ohio, a land flowing with snow and chili.
Anyway, I want to dive back into some That Strangest of Wars action, and just now I found a site by a heroic fellow named Steve Gershom. He’s homosexual, AND he’s a faithful, practicing Catholic, AND he seems to be an all-around happy (one might even say “gay”) guy. The following is an excerpt from a particularly great recent post by him:
Last night I received this comment on an old post. Read it, friends, and weep.
God loves you fully for who you are – your sexuality is an expression of the love in your soul and heart and God does not require that you repress it unless you really want that (i.e. as a monk)…brother you are trying to be accepted by the church but the true acceptance comes from God – the church’s reasons to oppose gay love are history, fear, self-repression and bigotry–the church has got it wrong and in time will correct it – in the meantime
are rejected and treated as half people – please promise you will try to talk to somebody more open – perhaps Jesuits- please realize God made you as you are and loves you—
– another Gay Catholic who is a practicing Catholic and has a loving partner.
So much compassion, and so much confusion. The author appears to assume the following things:
- - That I don’t believe God loves me, SSA and all.
- - That all sexual feelings are expressions of love.
- - That the only way to be celibate is through “repression”.
- - That rejecting the behavior of gay people (or anyone else) implies a rejection of the people themselves.
So many Catholics have been tricked into believing that they can take the parts they love about Catholicism and leave the parts they don’t. This would be the case if the Church were a philosophy, or a political creed, or a theory. The Church is none of those things.
Definitely go read the rest here.
Steve is an inspiration. I myself have never had any struggles with SSA, but I’ve certainly had my struggles with disordered sexual attractions, as I’m sure most any of you have, as well. Any thoughts, comments, or questions on this subject are welcome. God bless!