“Bad Faith: The Catholic Hierarchy’s Pointless Campaign Against LGBT Rights”

August 9, 2011

From ReligionDispatches.org:

“Those of us who support equality for LGBT people in civil society do so not in spite of our Catholic faith but because of it. We learned in childhood that Jesus moved freely among the outcast and the marginalized, that he warned his followers to judge not lest they be judged, and that he taught that our neighbor was not the priest who passed the beaten traveller on the other side of the road to avoid ritual impurity, but the hated Samaritan who bound up his wounds, and paid for his care. We learned later that the Church’s teachings on social justice compelled us to act as advocates for fairness, justice, and individual dignity, that its teachings on politics instructed us to vote for the common good, and that in making moral decisions, we were to follow the promptings of our own well-formed consciences. There are times, it seems, when our hierarchy is so committed to cultivating political power, and deploying our Church’s resources in contemporary culture wars, that they expect us to forget all of this. We won’t.”

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/4932/bad_faith%3A_the_catholic_hierarchy%E2%80%99s_pointless_campaign_against_lgbt_rights/

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