LGBT Catholics Deserve Respect, Not Indifference

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    Sep 27, 2014 5:58 AM GMT
    LGBT Catholics Deserve Respect, Not Indifference

    http://southfloridagaynews.com/SFGN-Articles/Opinion/Guest-Columnists/LGBT-Catholics-Deserve-Respect-Not-Indifference.html
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    Sep 27, 2014 9:04 AM GMT
    Having been raised catholic myself despite the vitriol some of the clearly homophobic and insecure senior members of the church are. There views don't represent many catholics and truth be known their moral authority to judge the sexual behaviour of members of society engaging in lawful sexual activity is void to many in the the general and catholic community.

    Worth noting that the vast majority of catholic teachings are positive and enlightening so we should resist dismissing people who see being catholic and gay as not being able to co-exist as they do comfortably with a sizable minority.

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    Sep 27, 2014 9:12 AM GMT
    Every-time I read something about church and Christians, a phrase from Gandhi strikes my thoughts.
    And I'm quoting “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It is just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ”
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    Sep 27, 2014 9:36 AM GMT
    Your spot on Harry there are many who are Christian in their ways on Sunday at mass and then forget about that until the following Sunday. I myself do not attend church but believe in the good teachings about peace love and looking after our fellow man. I also hope their is not the same level of hypocrisy in the Hindu religion
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    Sep 27, 2014 11:40 AM GMT
    Deserve respect, not indifference? Why they (us) deserve anything? Semmelweis deserves respect for saving mothers for example..
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    Sep 27, 2014 4:22 PM GMT
    Sydneyrugbyjock73 saidYour spot on Harry there are many who are Christian in their ways on Sunday at mass and then forget about that until the following Sunday. I myself do not attend church but believe in the good teachings about peace love and looking after our fellow man. I also hope their is not the same level of hypocrisy in the Hindu religion

    Honestly, There is hypocrisy in Hinduism as well. For ex: Cast.
    Just like in Christian world where people derail the true teachings of Christ and claim the ineffective tampered versions as the truth. Similarly, in Hinduism as well... Though the conditions are better now than it was in the past.

    But unlike Christianity, Hinduism(as in whole Hindus) didn't lose its core principles...of Which, one of them is unity with every culture. This is why there's a saying in India, paraphrasing "There's room for every religion in Hinduism or more precisely India"
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    Sep 27, 2014 5:08 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidEvery-time I read something about church and Christians, a phrase from Gandhi strikes my thoughts.
    And I'm quoting “Oh, I don’t reject your Christ. I love your Christ. It is just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ”

    ^^^^ This
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    Sep 27, 2014 5:52 PM GMT
    That was a very good article. It is to easy to let distaste for an institution's policies spill over into dislike for people who are members of it.
    A gay Catholic is told they can't be a real Catholic and gay by the Church. If gays tell them they can't be a real gay if they're Catholic too, where will they find a home?
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    Sep 27, 2014 6:48 PM GMT
    Expressing indifference might be a kindness of not dishing distain.

    I doubt there's a gay man capable of empathy who doesn't recognize the hardship of being born into a destructive situation. But just as the Jews finally got up the balls to escape their bondage, so must we.

    We are a community of tossed waifs, of tolerated love, of some recent to history acceptance. Thousands of years of damage they've systematically inflicted upon us will not soon be fixed by divine intervention. Nearly all of us know at least of someone who has left the very family who raised them--how sad, yet how brave--that they should live their lives free from the tormenting judgment of loved ones right here on Earth, never mind the homophobic interpretations of a love from God.

    Perhaps we can better work towards helping some reconcile their innate sexuality with their contradicting beliefs but I don't believe all the indifference, even the expressed distain is necessarily a whip though it might be so confused when lashed out towards a victim in a snake pit to whom we desperately in quick response toss a lifeline.