Letter to a young gay Catholic

Posted by Censor Librorum on Sep 19, 2008 | Categories: Lesbians & Gays

“No, I don’t want to pretend that being an openly gay Catholic is something easy or obvious. It isn’t.

You may have faced hatred and discrimination in your own country, from family members, at school, at the hands of legislators eager for cheap votes, through shrieking newspaper headlines that sear your soul, and in the glare of which you are speechless in your own defense. As you’ve probably noticed that at the very best, the Church which calls itself and is, your Holy Mother has kept silent about the hatred and the fear. While too often its spokesmen will have lowered themselves to the level of second-rate politicians, lending voice to hate while claiming they are standing up for love. The very fact that, through and in the midst of, and despite, all these hateful voices, you should have heard the voice of the Shepherd calling you into being of his flock is already a miracle far greater than you know, preparing you for a work more subtle and delicate than those voices could conceive.”

Read all of James Allison’s letter here. james-a.jpg

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