Sometimes I just want to throw my hands up ...
Seriously. I've read so much stuff in the last few days and every Tom, Dick, and Faerie is writing about gay ... all about the gay. Dan Savage will be a keynote speaker at the Dignity conference - along with Sr. Campbell - spokes-nun for the Nuns on the Bus. This weekend Arthur Fitzmaurice spoke at the Religious Ed. Congress in Los Angeles - I only learned about him via Joseph Sciambra's post on the subject. There are a ton of voices out there - New Ways Ministry - though cited as not Catholic, continues to have immense influence on Catholic education and pastoral care. Then there is the gay-Catholics and Spiritual Friendship movement ... and, and, and ...
Me. I waste my time with all of this - who am I kidding? I've wasted almost ten years blogging about this crap.
Crux writer Michael O'Loughlin pretty much sums up the results of all the confusion in the Church on the subject of gay, don't say gay-Catholic, SSA-don't even suggest change, friendship-but don't say love, spiritual friendship-just make sure it's religious, and so on. What to do? What to say? Be yourself? Don't be yourself? What?
Yeah. So. Without further ado, the Crux of the matter:
Fitzmaurice echoes every other gay-Catholic activist complaining about the Catechism and how teaching is worded ... Really? These people are probably the most well educated lay-Catholics in history, and yet they do not get what the Catechism clearly states? How is that?
It is all so very frustrating. Fitzmaurice works for the archdiocese as resource director of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry and he teaches that people are born gay, as demonstrated in what he said this weekend:
He referenced recent high-profile firings of gay Church employees — such as a church musician in Chicago and a vice principal in Seattle — and said those episodes “reinforce the false message that being born LGBTQ is shameful.” - Fitzmaurice
"Being born LGBTQ"? That's not even Catholic.
So it's here. It's being taught. Gay-Catholics will write their books ...
Talk amongst yourselves.
All I have to say is that if you want to accept authentic Catholic teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality - do that. Go to confession - pray and frequent the sacraments. You can do that - no matter what you call yourself.
If you want to make compromises, accommodations, go ahead - take your chances. God loves you. Just don't teach others how to do the same. One kid at the conference told others:
Yep. You can be a good Catholic even if you are gay. The Confirmation instructor may have misspoke, what the Church teaches is that it is an objective disorder and homosexual acts are gravely disordered. Catholic teaching doesn't diagnose and it is not uncharitable.