Official Catholic teaching requires that homosexual people abstain from sex. The Church also teaches that all moral decisions must be based on a well-formed conscience, taking into consideration official Church teachings. To do otherwise would be immoral.
Cardinal Francis George, OMI
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Dear Cardinal George,
I recently read that in your position as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, you issued a statement on February 5, 2010, saying that New Ways Ministry does not provide ‘an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching.’ As a gay Catholic man, I humbly disagree.
There are probably as many versions of "gay spirituality" as there are gay and lesbian persons. Some are fairly traditional and some are new age and beyond. All are on a journey to God, however this person or phenomenon is believed or visualized. I believe it is a journey to wholeness that we live. We are Radical Faeries, drag queens, dykes, fems, leathermen and women, Christians, Jews, Moslems, non-religious, and others. Ideally, we do not judge one another but instead give support in our journeys.
Homily given by Mike Tynan on July 27, 2008
The following is a talk written by Joseph Gentilini, given at the retreat on October 13, 2007.
Two Main Points:
by Joe Gentilini
- Is 53:10-11
- Heb 4:14-16
- Mk 10:35-45
"Whoever wishes to be great will be your servant." True greatness and holiness consists in self-sacrifice, in handing ourselves over for the sake of others. In this way, all authentic greatness and holiness mirror the goodness of God whose love always takes the form of mercy.
Homily given by Don Domenico
Mother Teresa was Beatified in Rome this last Wednesday which is the step preceding the naming of Mother Teresa as a Saint. All of us are familiar with her selfless work in helping the poorest of the poor. What is of interest is the writings of confidants and biographers of Mother Teresa. Evidently, Mother Teresa had an intimacy with God for a short time early in her life (around 1946) - but once she started working in India, Mother Teresa felt abandoned by God. Richard Ostting writes:
I must admit that I struggled with feeling comfortable providing today’s reflection on “Holy Family Sunday”. So much so, that this morning, I attended Mass at Newman---I guess hoping that the priest’s homily would inspire me to great thoughts, or lowly plagiarism, whichever came first. Best laid plans---today was Newman’s ‘forward thinking’ day, where they, like us, allowed members of the congregation to preach.
Today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ. There are the obvious and most literal meanings to today’s readings and there are other, more hidden maybe, but still full of meaning for me and hopefully for you.
Reflection by Mark Matson
September 11, 2004