Patrick Chen, on Christ the Liberator

When Jesus began his teaching ministry in the Temple, he chose as his text the passage from Isaiah,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed

This can be viewed, in modern political jargon, as his “keynote address” – and it is about liberating the oppressed, not about imposing narrow religious rules on sexual activities. For all queer Christians, who so often feel we are on the receiving end of supposedly religion-based attacks for our transgression of the rules, it is important that we remember this.

The theologian Patrick Chen elaborates on Christ as liberator in the third part of his Christological reflection on sin and grace for LGBT Christians:

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Argentina Approves Family Equality.

It’s been a long night waiting for confirmation, but Argentina has just become the latest country, and the fourth strongly Catholic country, to approve family equality, even in the face of vigorous, highly visible,  opposition by the Catholic  Church. (Note that I do not describe this as “gay marriage”. The legislation which has been approved includes much more than just provision for same -sex marriage.)

Rainbow Flag Outside the Argentinian Parliament!

What is particularly pleasing to me was that while the political argument in favour was based on human rights grounds, many of the supportive politicians made clear that their support was because of their Catholic faith, which emphasized the importance of respect for those human rights.

In their marathon debate, a number of senators in the 72-member upper house referred to their Catholic beliefs in presenting their reasons for opposing or supporting the bill.

-Momento24

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Oscar Romero: Bishop of the Poor

As Bishop of the Poor, Oscar Romero is an appropriate model for all of us. By standing up firmly as a witness for truth, and against injustice and oppression of all kinds, he has additional significance for us as gay men, lesbians and transgendered in the Church.

If you want peace, work for justice.

 

Oscar Romero worked for justice, in the face of open opposition from his fellow Salvadorean bishops.  He was on the side of history, they were not. He understood that the obligation we have is to follow the Gospel, before we follow the rules of the Curial cabal. Where faithfulnesss to God and loyalty to a state are in conflict, the Church has always taught that loyalty to God must come first. Where faithfulness to the Gospels and loyalty to the bishops conflict, Romero showed that the truth of the Gospels is primary. Read the rest of this entry »