Last weekend, my intermittently Mass-attending daughter and the man she lives with went down South to witness the civil union of two of her friends. Also present were the ex-husband and three daughters of one of the women making the civil union commitment. I was talking on Saturday to another friend of my daughter, who commented that she’d wished the happy couple ‘all the best’, but didn’t congratulate them, because she didn’t feel the situation was one for congratulations.
Simcha Fisher has posted on what we Catholics should do if we dissent from Church teachings – with gay lovers as her specific test case. The post, and the comments, are well worth reading. As a taster, here’s her conclusion:
Here’s the thing: we are all in dissent from the Church. Some matters of dissent are obvious, but some are more subtle. Christ taught that the greatest commandment is to love. Well, sometimes I disobey this teaching because I’m weak — but sometimes I do it because I really just can’t see the point of putting so much emphasis on it, especially when people are jerks, or stupid. Sometimes I very publicly lead a lifestyle that flouts the Church’s teaching about loving our fellow man. And yet I still consider myself a faithful Catholic.