My brother is bashing Catholic political grandstanding yet again. Of course, this time he might be right. Or I might have had one too many jumbo margaritas at one of the local Mexican restaurants tonight to give much of a s**t. We will see as this post unfolds.
I’m of two minds on this subject (and no, not sober and drunk). One is, the Catholic Church officials need to stay out of politics. That’s not gonna happen, though. The pope is getting more infirm by the minute and we will see more and more political grandstanding by Church officials every day. They are jockeying for position just as much as G.W. Bush and J. Kerry are. It shouldn’t be long before some Bishop or Cardinal is calling for all sinners to flagellate themselves.
Now as a (admittedly pitiful) Catholic, when I see these officials coming out with various and sundry hardline pronouncements, I think to myself, “Jackass”. I know he is just trying to curry favor with the Church.
At the same time, homosexuality is explicitly against Church doctrine. When I see or hear of a gay Catholic, I think to myself, “Jackass”. It would be like me joining the Nation of Islam. They just plain don’t want me. Being a gay Catholic is like being a gay Republican or being a gay Anti-Gay activist. You are in a group that really just doesn’t have your best interests at heart. Not that the Catholic church is anti-gay. It’s not. It doesn’t want gays hurt in any way. It just doesn’t want them helped, either.
My brother has some suggestions that might help gay Catholics protest the treatment they are getting from the Church. I have one, too. Become Episcopalian. Not just because they have a gay bishop. It’s just because every Episcopalian man I have ever met I have thought, “this cat must be gay”. Seriously, it’s the gayest f***ing church ever. The whole reason they became Episcopalian was so they wouldn’t have to confess to their homosexual liasons and cheating their business partners. It’s No Guilt Catholicism(TM). Try it out, you’ll love it.
P.S. I think Episcopalians wear those rainbow sashes every week. I could be wrong , though.