From: John Rupkey
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
With these words in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama affirmed the essence of the gay position in America and in the world.
These beautiful words are in sharp contrast to the ugly words of Pope Benedict, who has stated he believes the love experienced by gay persons is “disordered.”
In Pope Benedict’s defense, he has never claimed to be among those for whom it is self-evident that all persons are created equal. He doesn’t claim to be part of the American journey.
But Winona Catholics do make that claim. How then can Winona Catholics further the American journey and still support Pope Benedict’s disordered belief?
They can’t. Yet many Winona Catholics continue to drop money in the basket on Sunday to support Bishop Quinn, Pope Benedict’s faithful promoter here in Winona, where it is becoming increasingly self-evident that Pope Benedict and Bishop Quinn are both wrong in this matter—morally wrong.
I believe the Catholic priesthood is unable to resolve this dilemma, because—and I ask you to consider this seriously and honestly—it is an organization significantly influenced by, and perhaps dominated by, self-rejecting homosexuals, so deeply closeted many can’t even say the word “gay.”
Furthermore, their self-inflicted doctrine of papal infallibility has trapped their moral understanding in the Dark Ages, making it impossible for them to reconsider their misunderstanding of the Bible concerning gay people and their primitive understanding of human nature.
Worst of all, they remain oblivious to the bigotry, bullying, and self-hate they are causing by preaching their ignorant theology.
I believe that in the future when we look back in history at this issue, we will see that truth and justice emerged in our time, not from the Catholic hierarchy, but because the people of God decided to help complete the American journey.