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This Catholic priest is trying to change the church by actually loving and accepting his gay parrishoners

When journalist and videographer Eric Kruszewski first learned about LEAD, an LGBT church outreach program started at St. Matthew Catholic church, he knew he needed to see its work in action. The resulting video series tells stories that range from a lesbian former nun’s decision to leave the Church to a mother of gay and straight children learning how to be an ally.

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LGBT Catholics have a right to be devout.

LGBT Catholics have a right to be serious in their faith.

LGBT Catholics have a right to be present at Mass.

LGBT Catholics have a right to receive the Eucharist worthily.

LGBT Catholics have a right to be called by God to the Religious Life.

LGBT Catholics have a right to exist in Catholic spaces without being shamed for their identity.

LGBT Catholics have a right to exist.

And when I say LGBT Catholics, I do not mean just cis gay men who are Catholics.

I mean Lesbian Catholics, Gay Catholics, Bisexual Catholics, Transgender Catholics, and Nonbinary Catholics.

I mean Catholics.

No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality. Even after over 25 years as a Jesuit, the level of hatred around homosexuality is nearly unbelievable to me, especially when I think of all of the wonderful LGBT friends I have.

The Catholic church must do a much better job of teaching what the Catechism says: that we should treat our LGBT brothers and sisters with ‘respect, sensitivity and compassion.’

But God wants more. God wants us to LOVE. And not a twisted, crabbed, narrow tolerance, which often comes in the guise of condemnations, instructions and admonitions that try to masquerade as love, but actual love.

Love means: getting to know LGBT men and women, spending time with them, listening to them, being challenged by them, hoping the best for them, and wanting them to be a part of your lives, every bit as much as straight friends are part of your lives.

Love first. Everything else later. In fact, everything else is meaningless without love.

—  Fr. James Martin, SJ, reminding Christians what it means to be a Christian: we are called to treat all with true, nonjudgmental, unconditional love, embracing even those who are different from us as family in Christ.

in my mind, there are two Gods:

the first, the One i knew
and grew with;
the One i loved from so young.
He, who i ripped apart books for,
who i prayed to for other people’s salvation
who i surrendered my soul to again
and again
without realizing the cost. (i asked
to be a victim soul, Lord,
i take it back.
i take ME back.)

the last time i prayed to Him and really meant it
i fell asleep and woke
with dead family.
we haven’t spoken since, except in shouts
or maybe
whispers.

the second i am learning.
have been learning, in this school of mine.
these theologies newer than the ones i was raised in:
liberation.
feminist.
queer.
the One i encountered in the Holy Land
bright and sacred and holy holy holy

they tell me this Holy One is kinder than i have been taught.
that my sin did not earn the Son’s death, but rather
the Son loved so much
He was put to death; but resurrected in love’s ultimate triumph.
that this is a Creator for the oppressed, the heartsick
this is a Deity for Justice and Love.

but these Gods are the same Man (and He feels
like Man, still, though God ought to have no gender)
and i cannot love the Savior without encountering
the Judge.

Please,
Take this cup from me.
Let me love You in a way that is uncomplicated

or else

let me be released from the guilt i feel is your judgement
let me free to find something Holy
i don’t have to burn myself to love.

—  tongues of fire (or living water?) by Drea Onzagle
oportet esse fortissimos

The reason I call myself Catholic again has everything to do with ethics even while ethics are exactly the reason I left in the first place.

Catholicism has always called its pilgrims to the heights of ethical perfection. There is ethical duty, those things that we are obliged to do in order to be good people. Then there are heroic actions: those things usually involving a risk or harm to ourselves that we cannot be held accountable for failing to do.

To be Catholic is to be called to heroic acts of virtue, perpetually. Our insight into the divine is given by Christ: the crucifix our symbol of suffering agape. This is why I also criticize the Church and its history for failing to live up to the example of Christ.

The work to be done is not shutting out addicts and queers, or colonizing continents and destroying cultures and lives, but rather to work ceaselessly against those evil forces which destroy life and kindness and love. To be Catholic necessitates being anticapitalist and antiracist and so forth. We must be heroic.