False Clarity in Dogma does not Serve LGBT Catholics

The battle lines are drawn between conservative and liberal Catholics on the issue of Pope Frances latest Papal exhortation Amoris Laetita  The debate has been ragging since the Synod on the family which Pope Francis called.

Recently one of the mouth piece’s of the Catholic liberal media the National Catholic Reporter shot a shot across the bow of the National Catholic Register a conservative Catholic attacking the four Cardinals who have publicly questioned the faithfulness of Pope Francis on the issue of Communion for Divorced Catholics .

Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter said “I doubt that any bishop, including the four Cardinals, would be willing to lead a schism over the question of Communion for divorced Catholics. And even if they did very few people would follow them into Schism.”

The four Cardinals are Cardinals Brandmueller, Buckley, Cafferara and Meisner. All four recently published letter openly challenging Pope Francis  to clarify parts of Amoris Laetitia that they found to be part of the confusion. To date the Pope has not responded,.

On the heels of Thomas Reese’s article the National Catholic Register printed a column by  Monsignor Charles Pope titled “Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous” in which he challenged the notion by a the National Catholic Reporter that there is some wiggle room because of Pope Francis Papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Now I am sure reasonable readers are asking what does this have to do with LGBTQ Roman Catholics or for that matter with the Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM)? There is a cloud of confusion around the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics and communion like there is around the issue of Gay Marriage  in the Catholic Church. Some on both sides seem content on keeping this confusion in place rather than directly addressing this misinformation.  Even  within the GLBT press there appears to be a lazy journalistic  attitude covering anything Catholic rather than developing stories behind the world of Press Releases the easy thing to do is to either print Press Releases or just use quotes  without any journalistic creativity.

Remember in 2013 when Pope Francis made international headlines when talking of Gay Priests with his famous opinion  “who am I to judge?”  on his return trip from World Youth Day in Brazil.  That year, the Advocate even named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year.”

The Roman Catholic Church is opposed to divorced and remarried Catholics like it is opposed to giving LGBTQ Couples Communion. We can pine away about how things should be in the Church and continue our fantasy about being both Catholic and LGBTQ, or we can publicly identify ourselves and begin to engage in a authentic debate that is based on the daily realities  of being LGBTQ. Some think unlike the Rainbow Sash Movement this debate should not be public but rather handled privately for fear of causing scandal. The RSM unlike Dignity or New Ways Ministry believe a public witness within the Church is necessary.

The liberals in the Catholic Church are no more  friends to us than the Conservatives. Those of us who have “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” are categorically denied the opportunity to serve as Roman Catholic Priests,

And to know our LGBTQ-friendly pontiff,  approved the document has many of us in disbelief.

The Rev. Donald B. Cozens, author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood, wrote that with more than half the priests and seminarians being gay, the priesthood is becoming a gay profession. Many who know the interior of the Catholic Church would argue that the priesthood has for centuries been a gay profession, and not to ordain gay priests or to defrock them would drastically alter the spiritual life and daily livelihood of the church.

That is not to say there is not both good and compassionate people involved. it just means they are misguided and clueless about our daily lives.

Joe Murray
Executive Director
Rainbow Sash Movement

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