Actually, let me clarify my title. It should really be, “THIS is One of the Reasons Why I Left” but that’s a bit long and cumbersome. So I took some liberties with my own title. I can do that.
Why I left where? The Catholic church. I have long been disillusioned by the Catholic church and its stance on many social issues. About a year ago, I decided to make my break from the church official.
What is “THIS” in reference to? Gay marriage/civil unions. Let me start by saying I have no issues whatsoever with the Catholic church not performing gay marriages. I don’t even have an issue with the Catholic church taking the stance that it officially disapproves of gay marriage. It is clearly a religious organization, so the Church can makes its stance and the members of the Church can decide for themselves how they feel and act accordingly. So I did not ever leave the Church because it is against gay marriage.
People talk about what a progressive thinker Pope Francis is, and I won’t deny that he certainly has a very different and often refreshing view. That seemed apparent when I first saw the headline for this article: “Pope Francis wants church to study civil unions, Cardinal Dolan says.” How open-minded of him! I appreciate that he even has a desire to learn and understand, because it is learning and understanding that lead to acceptance. This is a positive step.
Then I read this:
“When asked for his own views on same-sex marriage, Dolan said he is concerned it could ‘water down’ the sanctity of traditional marriage.
‘It’s not something that’s just a religious, sacramental concern,’ Dolan said. ‘It’s also the building block of society and culture. So it belongs to culture. And if we water down that sacred meaning of marriage in any way, I worry that not only the church would suffer, I worry that culture and society would.’ “
THIS is where I lose it. I can’t abide that it’s just not enough to take a stand against it. It also has to be the absolute breakdown of culture and society as well. Why can’t the Church just stay out of our bedrooms? Does the Catholic church have any idea what goes on in the beds of married people? I doubt it because I’m betting the Church would predict the downfall of civilization based on common sex acts that occur. Guess what, Church, some people have sex for reasons other than procreation (like PLEASURE), and there are LOTS of other ways to make sex feel good other than the missionary position. Look out! The world is spinning off its axis!!!!!!!!!
Now, I am fully aware that Pope Francis did NOT say these words, BUT someone who is speaking on behalf of the Catholic church DID say these words. If his attitude is not the prevailing attitude of the Catholic church, then maybe the Pope needs to correct the Cardinal and set the world straight publicly.
Until then, I’m going to assume that the Catholic church has broadly adopted this unnecessarily calamitous view of homosexuality and gay marriage, and that is something I simply cannot tolerate. It is narrow and hateful and prejudicial and uninformed and callous.