Yesterday we responded to the shocking news that today’s Vatican cannot break from Augustine’s ignorant and dangerous teachings about the “sin of homosexuality.” Has the Vatican learned nothing about sexuality in the last 1600 years?
My Bible says that ‘God is love,’ not just heterosexual love. From the 1970s on, science has made clear that 8-10% of any human population anywhere is going to be gay. It took the church 450 years to apologize for its opposition to Galileo. Must we wait 450 years for this apology also?
I know very few gay couples willing to postpone their weddings for 450 years. Do you?
Many years ago, Sister Jose Hobday, a Franciscan sister who was also a Native American Seneca woman took me aside and said to me:
What is it with white people who condemn homosexuals? People like myself who know our traditions before the white people came to our shores know that all the spiritual directors to our great chiefs were gay. We know that gay people bring more spirituality to a community than straight people do. When I do retreats with only gays and lesbians we go deeper much faster than when I lead retreats for general audiences.
I have researched this subject and found similar teachings among Celtic peoples and African peoples as well. This is just one reason why gay and lesbian people are drawn to religious ministries. It follows that a society or community that worships a homophobic Deity is shooting itself in the foot because they are losing lots of spiritual energy.
And, of course, hypocrisy reigns in such a sad situation. Read Frederic Martel’s book, In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy or my lengthy review of it HERE to see the sadness and hypocrisy at work.
I find it amazing that conscience is so compromised at the Vatican that there appears to be no sign of shame on the part of the law-makers there even after the revelations in Martel’s book. How deeply self-hatred lies in the gay hierarchy who rant against gays and want all gays to live celibate lives apparently–unlike a high percentage of them who actually take vows of celibacy!
Jesus called religious hypocrites “blind guides” who ignore the weightier issues of “justice, mercy and good faith.” And “whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of corruption.” Again, “serpents, brood of vipers, [who cannot] escape being condemned to hell” who “load on men burdens that are unendurable.” (see Mt. 23: 26-39; Lk 11:36)
A poem entitled “Pater Noster,” written early in the twentieth century by a Celtic poet, pictures the Roman Catholic church as a giant sailing vessel that sailed for many centuries over treacherous seas through storm, gale and hurricanes weathering it all. Then, in the twentieth century, it crashed against a giant rock, splintered into pieces and sank. And the name of the rock was: Sex.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Post-denominational Priest, pp. 259f.
See also Matthew Fox, Letters to Pope Francis, pp. 35, 132f.
Banner Image: Czestochowa Pride Parade, 16 June 2019. The artist who created the painting of the Madonna was arrested as the Polish LGBT rights movement is targeted by hate speech and a fear-based government campaign claiming LGBT rights threaten families and society. Learn more HERE. Photo by Silar on Wikimedia Commons.
Do you recognize that homophobia is still raising its head in culture and some religions? Did you think that time was behind us? What are you contributing to truth telling and truth acting to support your gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and yourself if you are gay?
Letters to Pope Francis
Matthew Fox challenges the new Pope to live up to the promise of his namesake St. Francis and reshape a church that has been mired in corruption and bereft of authentic spirituality and rigorous theological debate. Former Dominican priest Matthew Fox presents a series of heartfelt letters to his brother in Christ about the great challenges facing the church today, drawing from the deep spiritual and theological sources that have been suppressed since Vatican II, and implores him to restore the sensus fidelium (the sense of the faithful) and reshape a church with justice and compassion.