Just one roundup on the Religion News Service‘s daily feature and the LGBTQ stories are all over the place. No wonder people who were never near the closet are totally confused. Would you ever think it was a single unified Church with this gamut of approaches?
Thumbs-up for the pastoral provision for gay Catholics in London. From the archbishop:
As we approach the fifth anniversary of the establishment of a pastoral provision for Catholics of a same-sex orientation at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, I would like reaffirm the intention and purpose of this outreach.
Thumbs up for (presumably) the sex part which nobody ever talks about, but thumbs down for the actual civil commitment. I have to note yet again that unlike a Church marriage which is presumed consummated, a civil marriage or union makes no such presumption. It’s a legal agreement between two parties. It doesn’t mandate immoral sex. Is it any less moral a contract that, say, a diocese hiring a gay lawyer, or a divorced-and-remarried auto mechanic for the bishop’s limo? Thumbs up from the parish and school, and why not? They get the (temporary) services of a gifted teacher. Thumbs down from the chancery when it gets involved.
I’m still confused myself on this one. Four years of knowing a teacher is gay and obviously involved publicly with gay organizations, and living with a partner. But that’s all okay with the pastor and the principal. It’s only not okay when the archdiocesan employees find out. Even to impressionable young minds, that whole set-up seems rather … opportunistic, shall we say? Essentially, this parish and school used a fine teacher, then wrote it all off when the branch manager learns of the joke. And guess who gets punched out?
And there’s no end, it seems to these stories of “Gay Music Director Fired.” At some point, given the inevitable resolution in these stories, do we wonder if there are there any people of integrity left in these misadventures? If I were gay, I sure wouldn’t want to be used in this way. Please enlighten if there’s something in the meta-story I’m missing. Because it sure seems to me as if these “enlightened” pastors and principals are far from being authentic allies to LGBTQ folk.
And more on that funeral fiasco from NCRep. Barbara Johnson, the disinvited:
So many people have said to me that now they’ll never go back. That would break my mother’s heart.
[My family’s] mission is not to divide the church. Our mission is to receive an apology from Fr. Marcel.
My family will continue to urge for more awareness until this man is removed from parish life and has apologized to my family. Our mission is to make sure no other family will experience this kind of tragedy.
One good dis-invite deserves another, I suppose. The hermeneutic of subtraction rides triumphantly into the sunset. Only from my vantage point, including literally, the sun hasn’t risen yet.