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On Being Gay and Catholic

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.

It is our conviction that neither Scripture nor Tradition nor natural law theory nor human science nor personal experience convincingly supports official Catholic teaching about the immorality of homosexual acts. Accordingly, and after much soul-searching, we have formed consciences that respectfully differ from official Church teaching and believe our spiritual health depends upon the formation of intimate relationships. In this respect we are not unlike many married couples who do not accept the official teaching on contraception.

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Open Letter to Cardinal George

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.

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Gay Spirituality

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.

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Reflections of October 22, 2006

by Joe Gentilini

Readings

  • 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.

My own experience and insights have taught me that at the core of the cosmos and of life there has always been suffering and this is a mystery to me. While I don't understand it, I believe there is a purpose to suffering and one way I deal with it is to unite it with the Cross of Jesus Christ. For me this involves accepting the pain of loving someone else when I don't feel like it; it involves accepting the frustration of listening to someone who needs to talk when I would rather do something else; it involves praying for the person who hates me because I'm gay, knowing that they feel so smug in their own self-righteousness. It means living out the contemplative witness to the truth of our lives, even when this is not pain free. Out of these little deaths come my participation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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The Week of The Beatification Mother Teresa

Homily given by Don Domenico
October 2003

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:

“Mother Teresa was afflicted with feelings of abandonment by God from the very start of her work among the homeless children and dying persons in Calcutta’s slums. From all available evidence, this experience persisted until her death five decades later, except for a brief interlude in 1958.”

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Homily given by Lynn Carter

January 2004

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.

A married couple did the honors, and initially, for me anyway, their talk exemplified what was making me most uncomfortable about how I should reflect. They started off by talking about how many Christmas cards portray the Holy Family as a perfect trio, haloes and all and, they pointed out that this portrait is inconsistent with the reality of the lives most families lead today.

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Feast of Corpus Christi

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.

In the ancient Jewish tradition sacrifice was always important. Abraham almost sacrificed his son for God but usually it involved the sacrifice of an animal. The Aztec Indians built a culture around blood sacrifices. Sometimes this involved the human sacrifice of virgins and/or children – someone untainted. Why? Because human beings were trying to bond with the divine and blood connects everything to life. There has always been a human response to the Divine that wants to “give back” to God, to give something of life back to a living God.

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9/11 and DignityUSA

Reflection by Mark Matson
September 11, 2004

Today we mark the 3rd anniversary of the unbelievable events in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. Our country has changed dramatically since that day. We have been led into a war that has taken over 1000 lives and billions in resources and generated a whole new flock of terrorists. We have alienated allies and our national symbols are desecrated in the streets of cities all over the world. We are fearful of what may happen next. We have tolerated a curtailment of our freedoms by our own government in order to be safer. We cannot provide affordable health care to a substantial portion of our population, repair decaying infrastructure or provide for after-school care and activities. We speak with great bluster and bravado about “winning the war on terrorism”. Seems to me the terrorists are winning. They have hooked us. We are obsessed with defeating them. We are diverting the majority of our energy and resources into that effort. And anger is our source of energy. It looks like we are in control – but our obsession is in fact disempowering us. All a terrorist has to do is say “boo!” in the dark and we mobilize.

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