Pride and Prejudice…

by admin on 3 March, 2012


This is my latest article for U.S. Catholic magazine, a great publication that comes out of Chicago. It’s comparable to America magazine, but more focused to the parish.

They offer a marvelously faithful and yet progressive  point of view—challenging and loving at the same time.  The article, “Pride and Prejudice,  the uneasy relationship between gays and lesbians and their church,” begins like this:

On a clear, windy Sunday in March 2010, Father William Breslin told his parishioners at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boulder, Colorado why the parish school would not re-enroll a child of same-sex parents for the coming school year.

“I hate the fact that I had to make a choice between being loving and protecting the teachings of the church,” Breslin told Mass-goers. “The lesbian couple is saying that their relationship is a good one that should be accepted by everyone; and the church cannot agree to that.” Breslin added that he saw ample love all around Boulder, but “a scarcity of discipleship. . . . I chose to protect the faith over doing what would have looked like the loving thing to do.”

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