Even while there are many hopeful signs about the Church moving forward on the subject of God’s gay daughters and sons, there are some who still call for an expansion of “ministries” that ask LGBT Catholics to be less than who they are. One of these is called “Courage,” and Fr. Roger Landry’s commentary in the Boston Pilot’s online forum, Echoes, pronounces the virtues, nay necessity, of this organization for LGBT Catholics. Here, in part, is my comment to the contrary.
“The secret to life is to ‘die before you die’ — and find that there is no death.”
– The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
Stumbled across this commentary via Commonweal Magazine. The author is Paul Elie, a senior fellow in Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. It’s succinct, thoughtful, and makes sense to me!
Lethal Injection: Beheading by Another Name
This past week, a TV station here in Southwest Florida broke a story that received a fair amount of local coverage. It’s a story not surprising to Catholics involved in their local parishes and familiar — even from a distance — of how Frank Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, exercises his office. The TV station made public a letter sent in January by 10 diocesan priests to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Delegate to the United States.
The letter — available here: Venice Priests Letter to Vigano — has not yet received a response, at least not one reported publicly. Although we don’t know who the signers of this letter are, what can be said is this: change happens when individuals take a stand. Working within the existing and legitimate structures of the Church, these priests are courageously standing up to a bishop — their boss! — by seeking guidance on how to proceed when a bishop ignores both the letter and spirit of the laws intended to govern the Church in charity and fidelity. Although time will tell whether their efforts are successful, the more people — laity and clergy — who embrace their rights and responsibilities as faithful members of the church, the sooner change will occur.
This thought from Richard Rohr’s daily meditation seems apropos after last evening’s discussion in which the Dignity/Washington community continues to consider whether “to have women presiders at Eucharist”:
In the second half, you try to influence events, work for change, quietly persuade, change your own attitude, pray, or forgive instead of attacking things head on.
Just four photos from Thursday’s visit to J. N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Sanctuary on Sanibel Island, Florida.
Egret in flight
Ibis in flight
Pelican in flight