As the parade passes by.
Always at the top of my list of things I don't get is parades. I think they are dumb. You sit on a sidewalk and watch people go by. Why not just hang out in a sidewalk cafe then? Anyway - Michael Bayly claims the local gay pride parade held in Minneapolis this past Sunday attracted tens of thousands of people. I know.
BTW. I do understand processions now, but I've never participated in one.Boycotts and embargo.
When you do it to countries you are hurting the general population - and the powers that be usually get along just fine - so I don't get it. When you do it to companies, well sometimes they change their policies, sometimes they don't. I don't know the stats on the success rate of boycotts, but they must be effective since protesters rely on them so frequently. Right/left, religious/non-religious, gay/straight - everyone likes to boycott. I don't.
Boycott General Mills, Target, and the United States.
In Minnesota a few companies have announced support for same-sex marriage and groups against same sex marriage have organized boycotts of these companies. They can do that. More power to them if they think they can change a businesses culture. Fact of life: A company's public policy usually reflects a corporate employment/workplace policy. Therefore - in this case, I think it makes about as much sense as gay people picketing the chancery to get the Church to change its teaching on marriage and sexuality.
Priests are people too.
When bad things happen with priests - I never get used to it. Something is still wrong with the admissions and discernment process in seminaries. The most recent scandal involves a man who was ordained one year after a classmate of his; a priest who murdered two men to cover up his involvement with at least one teenage boy. Maybe it is just a coincidence? The latest local examples of priests gone wrong involes relatively young priests - at least they were ten years ago when I met them. I'm thinking of two same sex scandals, and one opposite sex entanglement involving three different priests - 2 gay, 1 straight - in other words. Pretty much JPII vocations as well. (I'm just trying to make sense of it all by laying out the facts as I understand them.)
Anyway - as a result of the scandals over these past couple of decades, I rarely see my old priest friends. It isn't that I don't want to see them, or that I don't like them, it's just that I'd rather not get too close, if for no other reason I don't want to be in a position to ask questions, nor do I want to be told about their confreres. I love the priesthood - just as I love the papacy. The persons who hold the office are men. Just men. I need to keep that perspective.
I don't get the clinging to the 'queer' identity thing. Identifying oneself with a lifestyle defined by a sexual preference which is deemed objectively disordered. Is that not viewing life and spirituality through a sort of rainbow kaleidoscope which not only colors, but distorts reality? I think of St. Paul who said we should rid ourselves of every encumberance of sin that clings to us.
I'm not judging anyone here. I just don't get it I guess. That said, for the most part, I suppose it's none of my business how others live their lives.
(Spell check wasn't working, so I may have mispelled 'tens of thousands'. What?)