I have some thoughts about this and I’m not sure they’re going to be popular. I’ve always been taught and belief to this day that the sanctity and inviolability of the Confessional is not something up for secular policies to dictate. It’s one of the Traditions in Catholicism that is uniquely Catholic. This being said I absolutely think that everyone, priests, church officials, religious and well, everyone that harms, hurts or in someway violates a child, should have to answer in the here and now. People in positions of power and authority to my way of thinking really should be accountable to an even Higher standard. Can you imagine what it would look like if the State gets a say on what happens in the confessional? Do you think that people would simply stop availing themselves of this Grace we’ve been given if they can’t be sure what their confessor is going to do with the information they’ve just told him. The bottom line is that the confessional is for answering to the Judge of All and receiving absolution there not for answering to Secular laws. In some ways the confessional is a bit like Vegas, what happens in the confessional should stay in the confessional. What are your thoughts, please remember be charitable and kind in your responses to each other.
Saint Rita was born Margherita Lotti in Roccaporena, Italy in 1381. The day after her baptism, Rita was surrounded by a swarm of white bees, which …
This year for Long Beach Pride I had decided that it was time to “come-out” as Catholic. After many many years of struggle to find my place in the Church, I think I’ve arrived at a kind of, not truce, but genuine place of Peace. I bought a t-shirt basically announcing such. The response I got was amazingly heart-warming. I had a number of people comment on the shirt, or begin conversations with me about their spiritual journey and how difficult its been to find others, to find their sense of place, particularly within the Catholic Church. It has been true for me as well that I have often felt like I was living on an island off the coast of an even larger island.
Here’s the Truth though. We as members of the LGBT community have unique gifts that we bring, gifts that the Church needs, particularly at a time in its history when she is suffering assaults about relevancy in this day and age. We have always played a strong creative role, bought color to whatever community we are a part of. People need a Faith community, they need to know God more in their daily lives as the God of Love, of friendship. The God that journeys with them where they are at. I know I do. If I didn’t have this, my life would be about trying to fill it with things that do not satisfy. I encourage you, wherever you are at in your Spiritual journey, wether that means you are Catholic, Evangelical, Pagan/Wiccan, Jewish or something or nothing at all, find community. Find that place you can give of yourself, through feeding the hungry, volunteering your time and skills. You will find in return you will have an invisible support for those times when along the journey when you need it most.