The following letter was published in yesterday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press. It’s wonderful!
Seeking Greater Understanding
I must respectfully disagree with Pat Phillips’ “In Defense of Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality” (Feb. 12). Phillips writes in support of an erroneous and disrespectful teaching of the Catholic Church.
We have learned enough about human development to know that one’s sexuality is not a matter of choice. To deny homosexual persons the opportunity for intimate and caring relationships afforded to heterosexuals is an affront to our creator and antithetical to the church’s teaching on social justice.
To declare those who accept and try to live the Catholic faith as being in “mortal sin” simply because they seek the expression of their full humanness, or support others in such, is oppressive, arrogant, and unnecessarily divisive.
As a practicing, married, and heterosexual Catholic, I cannot accept the church’s position as articulated by Phillips and Archbishop John Nienstedt. I will continue to seek a greater understanding of my God and the teachings of his son Jesus through study, weekly worship, and frequent receipt of Holy Communion.
Robert B. Denardo
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
300+ People Vigil at the Cathedral in Solidarity with LGBT Catholics
Why We Gathered
Interesting Times Ahead
An Open Letter to Archbishop Nienstedt
Archbishop Nienstedt’s “Learning Curve”: A Suggested Trajectory
The Many Manifestations of God’s Loving Embrace
The Non-Negotiables of Human Sex
Joan Timmerman on the “Wisdom of the Body”
Love is Love