The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.

Our third son is gay. I always knew he was different from his brothers but it was a huge shock when he told us when he was nineteen. The way we have come to terms with it, is if that God made him as we have been taught, God must love him, so we can also carry on loving him.
He didn’t want to be gay and tried to have girl friends before he came out and acknowledged his situation. Unfortunately he found no help from his Church and finds their attitude to homosexuals extremely hurtful. He has been rejected and we all know how that feels. Thankfully he has sorted this out for himself, and had a very loving, caring relationship with a very nice fellow, for seventeen years. We were all very sorry and distressed when this came to an end and delighted that they are still good friends.
Spending a holiday at the home of an Anglican priest recently, he was told, he “was a great loss to the church”!
At a meeting with other boys thinking of becoming priests, he was very disillusioned by some of their attitudes of hiding their homosexuality in the priesthood!
We give thanks that we still love him dearly and that he is a well balanced loving and caring man.

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