Crazy mixed up sound bites meet pastoral reality

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I was very excited by what I heard of the relatio on Father James Martin’s Facebook, but this is a perfectly timed and beautiful piece describing the church I’ve come into. That doesn’t mean change is imminent or that I shouldn’t be excited, but context is always important, and I find nothing in Pope Francis’ words since he’s been Pope that change any of what I think or believe.

This is a great perspective and I’m glad that I can share it with you.

There Will Be Bread

RealitycheckaheadThe headline on Google news woke me up… “Church Changes Stance on Gays.” Then there was this one, “The Church Says It’s OK To Be Gay, Sort Of.”  With no news outlet willing to to be outdone, this doozy read: “Vatican stuns Catholic world with greater openness towards gays and lesbians.

The sound bites are driving me insane. Earlier today I regretted not having time to write something about the topic, now I am glad that I didn’t. So much noise!

Without a doubt, the “relatio,” which is a working document that has caused a stir. That is almost too bad, because it feels like things which need to be slowly read and understood, but are instead gulped down and regurgitated as this news.

Reactions from all sides of the spectrum are revealing. Apparently some of my more traditional sisters and brothers…

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