I, JoannaDeadWinter, stand guilty as charged of the above by Real, True Catholics (TM) everywhere.
How did I commit such a grave sin?
By wearing purple in honor of those college students who committed suicide.
This was a little while ago, but I have been lurking on the Catholic blogsphere (or, more accurately, pissing contest) and the big question now is: What can keep you from receiving Holy Communion?
Originally intended to address pro-choice Catholic politicians (who are unrepentent, public sinners causing scandal to the church, unlike those pedophile priests), it is now being asked with regard to all baptized and confirmed Catholics.
Promoting homosexuality is one of those non-negotiable issues (don’t get me started on that motley concoction) and, apparently, this include participating in campaigns like the Day of Silence or wearing purple as I did.
How am I promoting homosexuality by stating that, regardless of who you are or what lifestyle you live, your life matters and that you do not deserve to be tormented to the point of suicide, or at all?
Even the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says, in no uncertain terms: “Having homosexual inclinations is not immoral. It is homosexual acts that are immoral…[Homosexuals] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter to their condition.” (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pg. 407).
Granted, I don’t agree with the idea that homosexual acts are a sin. (Yes, Real, True Catholics, I get it. I’m a fake Catholic, I’m excommuicated, I suck, I’m going to Hell, etc. Old news, guys, get over it.) Maybe at the time the Church was instituted it was, because anal sex is a very high risk sexual activity, even with protection. Back then there was none, so I imagine there was a lot of disease in the gay community of the day, which may have been interpreted as a sign of God’s displeasure with them.
In any case, the magisterium of the RCC disagrees and believes homosexuality to be a disease, the victims of which are full members of the Church (okay, define full member) and who must be shown compassion (again, define compassion).
The point is that these legalistic Catholics, who claim to be real Catholics who follow fully the teachings of the magisterium and who accuse me of “promoting homosexuality,” are themselves in violation of the directives of the catechism in their belief that homosexuality itself (as opposed to mere acts) is immoral and that homosexuality is a choice. Their refusal to associate with homosexuals in a non-sexual manner, to afford them any basic human dignity at all (like by preventing job discrimination), and their willingness to openly torment them are in direct and egregious violation of even the low standard set by the RCC.
Again, stating that someone deserves NOT to be abused to the point of suicide is a BARE MINIMUM of decency. Most Catholics, even those who believe homosexual acts are a sin, can agree to this. There are ways to avoid “promoting”* the lifestyle without hating homosexuals themselves.
These people also seem to be unaware of the RCC’s revised teaching on suicide.
To those Catholics that are SO perfect and think you have it ALL figured out: bite me.
*I hate to say “promote” homosexuality. It’s not something I can promote or not promote, since it’s not a choice. Even the RCC admits that. Since homosexuality is at least partially genetic, I wonder if the RCC will ever consider that some people were *meant* to be that way? Inquiring minds want to know.