Taking Back The Welcome Mat – The Catholic Church Closes Its Door to Gays & Lesbians.

The Pope and the Catholic Church sent up a trial balloon. They wanted to see if the conservatives within the church could tolerate hospitality toward gay people. At the end of the day, I guess they determined that they cannot welcome people who sin in the areas of sexuality.

Any church that claims to have Jesus of Nazareth at its head should not have to even discuss whether to be a welcoming church to all people regardless of their “sins.” A common theme in the New Testament is how Jesus offended the conservative religious folk of his time by associating with outcasts of his society. Specifically he was criticized for eating with sinners.

In the Catholic Church the priest is supposed to represent Jesus Christ. These Bishops in Rome failed in their representation. Let’s be clear that what they failed to pass was not some change in direction of doctrine about homosexuality; it was a document that simply reiterated the fact that “people with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and delicacy.”

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  • Jim Wheeler  On October 18, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The Pope and the Catholic Church sent up a trial balloon.

    Uh, seems to me, John, that Pope Francis was pretty much on his own there, although I’m not sure what definition of “the Catholic Church” you intended. I always thought the church was whatever the pope said it was, in which case . . . ” Well, never mind. I agree with your conclusion. If one sticks with the NT, then everyone’s a sinner and it would be a mistake to rank sins. If I’m not mistaken, even the two categories, venial and mortal, are both inclusive as to potential forgiveness.

    But tell me this: Isn’t there a catch in the fine print here? Doesn’t Francis mean that homosexuals are welcome only if they recognize that their homosexuality is a sin? I suspect that’s the case. So, if they come, they ought to recognize that reality. That they were born with that sexual bent is just tough darts. I’m not really sure this is progress.

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