danwestla saidI'm on the fence about this one. A friend of mine attends a Catholic church. Officially the Vatican in Rome does not support gay rights, but my friend doesn't care.
I was raised Catholic but have been going to a Unitarian church because they full out support gay people. The Catholic church is kind of softcore on the issue, you know, love the sinner. I would feel uncomfortable being considered a second class citizen in any church.
What's your opinion/experience? Should we give our time (and money) to churches that condemn homosexuality?
I'm one of those gay guys who still attends Mass.
Technically, you're not a second class citizen in the Catholic Church. If you wish to bring up marriage or the priesthood, you have to realize that both these sacraments exclude vast numbers of people and have exact definitions that may seem unfair. What is actually unfair is when the rules regarding these sacraments are not followed, such as when old people or persons known to be sterile are allowed to marry. The degree to which the rules on doctrines and sacraments are followed varies from region to region. As far as necessary beliefs, there are the dogmas, which only have to do with the nature of God and Mary.
Your sexuality should never determine which religion you practice. Being gay shouldn't make one "more right" than another, just like being straight shouldn't.
If you feel yourself to be Christian, you're in luck having been raised Catholic. As a Catholic you enjoy the fullness of faith, the saints, God, tradition, and divine beauty. As a Catholic you'll practice the same form of Christianity the Apostles did and not one that was invented 1,500 or more years after Christ's death.
Remember that we all have our particular cross to bear, that some people might be opposed to us is ours.
As for gays within the Church, we have several saints to guide us: St. Sebastian, Sts. Bacchus & Sergius, Sts. Cyril & Methodius, and more.