Friday, May 14, 2004

I don't know if the Colorado Springs bishop quoted in the post below is really representative of church thinking -- the New York Times article suggests he isn't (gratifyingly, L.A.'s Cardinal Mahony is resisting the politicization of communion, as is D.C.'s Cardinal McCarrick), but if this keeps up, at a certain point it will seem as absurd to stay in the Catholic Church if you support abortion rights, gay rights, or stem cell research as it is to stay in the Republican Party if you're gay.

We liberals sometimes snicker at gay conservatives who feel shocked and betrayed when members of "their" party, the GOP, attack them -- but is it any less absurd to stay in a church that hates your beliefs? I've heard all the talk about the importance of staying in a community of faith; well, I left the Catholic Church when I was fourteen and I'm doing just fine, thank you.

A line is being drawn in the sand -- it really might be time for non-conservative Catholics to think about taking their spiritual business elsewhere.

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