I’m not so much asking this question for myself in particular, but for LGBTQA Christians in general. And, I know: I’m not really a part of the Roman Catholic Church anymore, but I still feel a sort of connection to it. It’s as if the RCC is a home I was kicked out of.
This has been a rough Lent for us, queer Catholics and queer recovering Catholics alike. First, Pope Francis made a statements that the Church could not bless same-sex unions as that would be blessing sin (LINK opens in a new browser tab). Not long after this, it was reported that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tried to prevent a national mental health hotline from getting started because the hotline would connect people to an organization which would provide services to LGBTQA persons (LINK opens in a new browser tab).
They won’t bless us and they won’t even help us when we’re experiencing mental health crises. And yet, I still feel drawn to them. That’s a trauma response, isn’t it.
But, it’s true: the Roman Catholic Church has forsaken us, the LGBTQA keepers of the faith. True, they aren’t the only Christian denomination to forsake us. I’m sure there are LGBTQA Christians of various sects and traditions who can cry out, “My Church! My Church! Why have you forsaken me? Why have you forsaken us?”
But, I almost feel like there is some hope. Maybe not for me in my lifetime, but who knows. The other day on Facebook, I saw this message from Pastor Megan Roher:
“Using God as an excuse to make the lives of minorities and the vulnerable harder is bullying, not faith. God is always on the side of the oppressed.”
May it be so by the grace of the Lover, the Beloved, and the Love Overflowing.
Amen, and Blessed be.