Sunday, October 26, 2014
ORTHODOX ODDBALLS AND CLOSETED HOMOSEXUALS
We've read about the Katholic Krazies here and elsewhere. I don't know who writes the What Sister Never Knew and Father Never Told You church history blog, and hope my endorsement doesn't offend anyone. This is just well worth keeping track of. Not just because of the posts about the Krazies, but the solid well written posts are just great.
I wish I knew who this blogger is. Father D is blessed to know some very smart people who have had some amazing experiences in the Church and in life in general. Several Roman, a few Anglican, some more Orthodox as well as former Catholics (who hold me to a pretty strict moral standard) as well as Unitarian, Buddhist and even a couple Pagan believers, all share a bit of their spiritual journeys with me.
Recently I some Orthodox Oddballs were brought to my attention, so I thought I might share that with ya'll. (All three of you loyal readers.)
Pope Francis seems to be taking rather small hits from all sides. Orthodox Oddballs are even including Patriarch Bartholomew, since he has "prayed with the heretic Pope of Rome" after all. Average everyday folks from both Catholic and Greek Orthodox faithful seem to be okay with what is going on. That's either very good, or very bad, depending on your perspective I guess. Time, history, will be the judge.
On a side note, one of my regular Readerette's whom I have a good deal of respect for has called me out for implying that if Z were homosexual that it is a bad thing. I don't know, nor do I care what Zero's orientation is. (Or any one else for that matter!) The fact is there are many in the traditionalist camp that with one face denounce and condemn homosexuality as vile and "intrinsically evil" with their mouths and then act quite the opposite in their personal lives and through their actions. This pisses me off.
Folks, I'm a reprobate. I miss hours of the Office regularly. I fail on a daily basis to love and forgive according to the measure that our Lord and Savior has set. I'm judgmental (as I'm sure you have already figured out) and easily angered. I've never claimed to be holy, but I do struggle toward it each day as best I can.
I have no issue with gay men and women. I don't have an issue with people in same gender relationships. I don't have an issue with people who desire to secure same gender rights to enter into civil marriages. I would, in fact support that battle, as long as Churches who do not recognize same gender marriage rites will be given the same respect for their rights.
When clerics of a faith body that condemns same gender relationships give vocal support to that condemnation, even while engaging in same sex relationships themselves in addition to anonymous one night (or half hour or less) stands. Many of those screaming the loudest against the Pope and the recent synod are themselves in same sex relationships or are hiding those that are. This disgusts me. I know too many gay and lesbian Catholics who love the Church, and wish to remain in Communion with Her and have been greatly hurt by these hypocrites who toss them out on the curb for their (in some cases) decades long relationships and then hit the bar in another state on their day off for quick hook up.
That's where my mind (and heart) is at. If I have offended anyone, I'm sorry. I'm not so sure I will refrain from doing so again.
Just because we need something a bit funny