I can't tell you how many times over the years I've heard stories of how the traditional Christian antagonism toward gay people has wounded someone.
And it's all so unnecessary, given that the traditional Christian antagonism is based on what I believe is a misreading of scripture. For my essay on what the Bible really says about homosexuality, look under the "Check this out" headline on the right side of this page.
Again this week I have had communication with a gay Christian who is struggling to find a place in church. In a note from this man, I read this: "Being an old traditionalist Catholic, and also being openly gay, has me in all sorts of a twist. It's rather difficult to reconcile the two, one being who I am as a created person, the other in where I have found God. I just can not find a way to be both, theologically."
His original purpose for writing was to let me know about a category-breaking young man who is becoming a popular country singer even though, like my correspondent, he's both gay and Catholic.
This story about Steve Grand (pictured here) I found to be fascinating. I was especially taken with the way Grand's priest has reacted in an open and welcoming way. Good for him.
Mostly this whole gay matter is an issue for people over 50 and people who have adopted a literalistic way of reading the Bible. My guess is that for the most part Christianity will get past all of this and behave in the loving, welcoming way churches should. But it's going to take more time.
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A PRIESTLY CHANGE COMING?
And speaking of new currents in the Catholic Church, the guy who may soon be vice-pope (well, the Vatican secretary of state, anyway) said in an interview that the question of a celibate clergy is open for discussion. So it may become "Eat, drink and be married"?
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P.S.: From 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, I'll be teaching a Communiversity class on essay writing in the Witherspoon room of Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E. 55th St. To sign up, click here for the Communiversity online catalog and scroll down to page 14. Or for a direct link to register, click here.