From: John Rupkey
Pope Francis said something nice about gays. He even spoke the word “gay.”
“Gay people should not be marginalized,” said the pope.
Too bad the bishop of Winona didn’t understand this before he wasted over $50,000 trying to convince the people of God that gay people should remain marginalized as second class citizens in Minnesota.
When I was a teenager in the 1950s, I was the only gay person I knew on Earth. It was easy for me. There was only one way. I stayed inside my closet and faked nongay. I put off being who I am for three decades.
But now we have Pope Francis saying gay people are “our brothers.”
It must be much more difficult for Catholic gay teenagers today, because they have to decide how to be who they are now. How much do they wish to reveal, to whom, how, when, where? And when they come out, will their parish priest and Catholic teachers let them know they still accept them as whole and equal?
I believe true equality for Catholic gay kids in Winona will be achieved when their love, like the love of nongays, is celebrated as a gift from God. Then they will feel free to be who they are. They won’t have to worry about how to tell their parents who they are because their parents will say to them: “You know, I think you might be gay; what do you think?
Perhaps this seems a bit far-fetched now. But not so long ago a pope asking “who am I to judge gay people?” was very far-fetched.
Pope Francis has moved the hierarchy closer to the understanding of the people of God concerning gays.
This is good news, because the evil of homophobia — the hateful belief that God considers the love experience by gay persons disordered — will finally be eliminated from Winona only when Winona’s Catholic bishop, priests, professors and teachers renounce it and teach instead that for everyone, including gays, God is love.