The harm caused by the Church to homosexuals is huge, and someday it will have to ask their forgiveness. Let's hope that Pope Francis, in the name of the Church, will ask forgiveness for so much shame, contempt, and feelings of guilt that have been laid on them over the centuries.
The vast majority of men and women in our society today can't understand this obsession, this hostility. How can they go on saying that homosexual love isn't natural, being that it has been so common and natural, for biological and psychological reasons, among so many men and women of all times and on all continents, and in so many other animal species?
In this case, as in many others, the Church should go first, but society precedes us. We celebrate that there are increasingly more countries that recognize that persons of the same sex have the same right as persons of the opposite sex to form unions. What prevents us from calling them "marriages"? Aren't heterosexual unions that, for whatever reason, aren't going to have children called that too? So, let the dictionaries and canon law change to conform to the times and meet the needs of the people.
And what is stopping us from calling homosexual marriage a sacrament? It's love that makes us human and makes us divine. It's love that makes the sacrament. And everything else is gloss and human tradition.
– José Arregi
"Open Letter to Pope Francis on the Family"
November 7, 2013
November 7, 2013
Recommended Off-site Link:
Jose Arregi's Blogsite (in Spanish)
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Getting It Right
The Many Manifestations of God's Loving Embrace
The Longing for Love: God's Primal Beatitude
Marriage: "Part of What is Best in Human Nature"
Spirituality and the Gay Experience
Making Love, Giving Life
Liberated to Be Together
The Blood-Soaked Thread
Pope Benedict XVI's "Scandalous" Stance on Homosexuality
What the Vatican Can Learn from the X-Men
Beyond the Hierarchy: The Blossoming of Liberating Catholic Insights on Sexuality (Part 1)
Beyond the Hierarchy (Part 2)
Beyond the Hierarchy (Part 3)
Beyond the Hierarchy (Part 4)
Beyond the Hierarchy (Part 5)
Beyond the Hierarchy (Part 7)
Beyond the Hierarchy (Part 6)