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The Pope Says Gays are Okay and Lobbies are for Hotels

Yesterday the Pope came out.  Wait wait wait.  That’s not the story.  Yesterday the Pope came out and said that gays are okay.

He explains the Bible says they should NOT be marginalized, should be fully integrated into society, and should be welcome.  He goes on to ask, “Who am I to judge them?” And additionally says lobbies, of all sorts, are a problem.  (taken from a translation of today’s speech)

Well, thank god!  Or is it God?  We finally have a Pope that paid attention during Sunday school class.  Or perhaps, it was kindergarten.  Or was it the Declaration of Independence? At any rate, the rest of us have BEEN knowing and understanding that humans should be treated equally with dignity and respect, no matter how big or small their differences in lifestyle, religion, status, etc.

With a background heavy in Catholic education, I can personally attest to a very alive and well “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy within the community.  Most of us Catholics have just decided, in true Catholic fashion, to cherry pick the things we like to believe about the Church and ignore all the rules we think are outdated or that somehow are in opposition to either our lifestyle or loving thy neighbor.  For better or worse, many of us Catholics have put our faith on the back-burner due to the cognitive dissonance created by love for our gay friends and family, in conflict with the popular religious belief that homosexuality is bad and thus homosexuals should be judged.

We chose and choose our gay friends and family and abandoned the Church when this came to the forefront, but it’s quite a state of hypocrisy!  We, Catholics, that commonly drink, smoke, have premarital sex, and show up for Church only on holidays, somehow managed to keep our faith and pride relatively in tact until we started feeling the tension caused by the Church not supporting our homosexual neighbors.  Our sporadic appearances at Church disappeared altogether and we started embracing other religions, a more personal faith carried out at home, or no faith at all.  Because in the case of loving our neighbor, homosexual or not, and loving a self-righteous Church full of other sinners, our neighbor is going to win every time.

I welcome this Pope and his words with hope this message fully integrates into the Catholic community so a few of us marginalized “Catholics-in-the-closet” can feel a little less shame for being part of a centuries old Church that prior to yesterday did not openly support the GLBT community.  Pope Francis has taken one step forward for the homosexual man, and one giant leap for mankind everywhere by giving the people a chance to love our gay brothers and sisters AND our faith.

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