Historic moment - though gay marriages were occasionally celebrated privately
by ordained clergy since the early 1970's, PBS is running a
documentary on this couple, who forty years ago fought
for marriage equality. The documentary, Limited Partnership is a moving story to be sure.
One of the witnesses shown here in the photo, wearing his collar is
Rev. Robert Sirico (now a Catholic priest but then MCC clergy).
It will be difficult for the Catholic Church to teach that homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity and intrinsically disordered - Under no circumstances can they be approved. -CCC
A marriage presupposes sexual relations. Children will be raised accepting it as the new normal.
But Catholic teaching on sexual ethics and marriage cannot change.
Interestingly - some suggest we set that part of the catechism aside - make no condemnation, but rather follow what the Catechism teaches further on: They (homosexuals) must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.
I thought we were doing that. But now it seems we ignore the proverbial elephant in the room and as Fr. Martin S.J. states:
The Catholic church must do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with "respect, sensitivity and compassion."
But God wants more. God wants us to love. And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions and admonitions that try to masquerade as love, but actual love.
Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives.
Love first. Everything else later. In fact, everything else is meaningless without love. - Fr. Martin S.J.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Fr. Martin also links to the New Ways Ministry response:
Today begins a time for Catholic supporters and Catholic opponents of marriage equality to reconcile with one another and work to build up their local faith communities so that together they can work for a world Pope Francis envisions: one of justice and mercy.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry
Told you so.
I told you before, over and over, for years - that there's a link. That religious leaders back New Ways - overtly or covertly, intentionally or unintentionally. Their moral theology coincides - they drink from the same well. It was never an actual organized conspiracy - just a consensus of sorts.
Get ready for the "New" Evangelization. Love. Love. Love.
Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives. Catholic supporters and Catholic opponents of marriage equality must now reconcile with one another and work together. Catholics must now do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with "respect, sensitivity and compassion ... but ignore the rest. - Fr. Jim and DeBernardo