I wonder how many people heard about the open letter to Pope Benedict from 19 Quebec RC Priests the other day, in La Presse? (see CBC story)
It is interesting to read the polite but deeply impacting letter from these men of God. What I find interesting is the response by their superiors who seem to not be too upset by such a letter. Oh sure they say they’d ‘wish’ it hadn’t been done, but then again you have to wonder what the ramifications will be for these 19?
The Pope has said, homosexuals have no place in his Church, though one has to ask, since when did it become his? I always thought the Church belonged to God and his followers. But that is for another discussion. What is interesting is how these 19 Priests have taken that step forward, from being quiet objectors to public heros.
Yes Heros, because there is that old adage, when good men do nothing, evil flourishes and these people have done something. They have done something that is simply, just right. Sort of like what I wrote in my story, The Secret. You sometimes have to risk all you value the most, to do what is right, and in life that doesn’t always end well for you, but it is what is expected. Least I think so.
Perhaps one of the most interesting passages written in this letter is that homosexuality is not immoral or contrary to natural law.
However, the Quebec priests who signed the letter dispute the Vatican’s position that homosexual acts are “immoral and contrary to the natural law,” writing that throughout human history, mankind has evolved and redefined what is natural to them. The church’s views must reflect human evolution, said the priests. (CBC Story)
While this is a real step forward, it certainly is nice to see given how our new Prime Minister bases his opposition to same sex rights on religious grounds. Obviously there is deep division within the religious community itself, showing that Mr Harper is out of step with reality.
What is most interesting about this letter is that it comes from Priests in a predominately religious province of this country. If any province had religious roots that would oppose same sex rights, one would assume it to be not Alberta, but Quebec. Yet here we have 19 Priests daring the wrath of the New Pope and the New Order of Religious Persecutions by stepping forward, daring to tell what is in their hearts.
As they clearly point out, it is not the place of the Church to have the last word on political, social, family and sexual life.
Titled “Trop, c’est trop!” (“Enough is enough!”), the letter asks: Does the church “have the last word on the mysteries of political, social, family and sexual life?
“In these matters, the official teaching of the church has shown itself more than once to be wrong,” the letter warns. (CBC Story)
Kind of an uplifting letter actually. Given how Mr Harper, Mr Toews and the rest of the Klan are so hell bent on denying equal rights to homosexuals, the fact that many Priests inside the Mother Church oppose such descrimination gives one hope. See, to me that is perhaps what ‘doing what is right’ is all about.
It isn’t about gaining some personal reward, or about even winning. It is about inspiring others, about giving hope to those without any. If you can do that, then really, do you ever lose?
As I wrote in my piece, More Than Just A Piece of Paper, doing what is right, granting same sex rights is about HOPE as much as it is about tax benefits and monetary breaks.
It would be nice if someone was to send Mr Harper and his Klan copies of that letter. Maybe it might shake a few of them up to realize that their narrow bigoted views are not shared by all Men of Faith.