In yet another demonstration that Catholics today are no longer content to simply sit back and pray, pay and disobey, a group of US nuns have openly criticized the USCCB over its double standards on homosexuality. On the one hand, they repeatedly condemn progress towards legal recognition for same-sex relationships, or protection from legal discrimination, while on the other hand they studiously refrain from comment on the problems of homophobia and bullying directed at gay students, even in Catholic schools.
This kind of open criticism of Church leadership would have been unthinkable just a few years ago – but is very much to be welcomed.
National Coalition of American Nuns:
Nuns to Bishops: Condemn Bullying, not Marriage Equality
On behalf of GLBT Catholics, their families and friends, and thoughtful Catholics across the United States, the National Coalition of American Nuns is appalled at the lack of sensitivity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to lesbian and gay persons.
More than a month has gone by since the media broke the news about a series of gay suicides. During that time, the US Catholic Bishops failed to make a single statement regarding these tragic, preventable deaths. Not one bishop’s voice was raised to condemn a culture where youths are bullied for being who God created them to be and are sometimes pushed by society’s judgments to attempt suicide. Many people have accused certain segments of organized religion, including the Catholic hierarchy, of fueling these attacks and contributing to suicides.
The annual meeting in Baltimore of the US Catholic Bishops this week offered an opportunity to decry these horrendous events. Instead, the bishops have chosen to discuss “the defense of marriage,” their well-funded attack on same-gender couples.
Like blinded Pharisees, they fail to see that the Catholic community is embarrassed by their silence in the face of brutality and incensed by their push of a political agenda against marriage equality—all at a time when their credibility on sexual matters is at a record low.
The bishops have not learned from the Minnesota experience, where Catholics returned the anti-gay DVD’s the hierarchy sent to each household in the state. The anger of Minnesota Catholics is erupting all across our country. Faithful Catholics believe their bishops should be preaching a message of concern and understanding, instead of rejection and hate.
The National Coalition of American Nuns calls on all US Catholics to rise up and say, “Enough, enough! No more discriminatory rhetoric and repressive measures from men who lay heavy burdens on the shoulders of others and do not lift one finger of human kindness and compassion.
(I found this statement at Bridget Mary’s Blog)
- In Minnesota, Catholics Support Marriage Equality. (queertheology.blogspot.com)
- In Minnesota, Catholics Support Marriage Equality. (queering-the-church.com)
- A Catholic Statement of Support for Same-Sex Marriage (thewildreed.blogspot.com)
- At the Cathedral of St. Paul, Rainbow Sashes and a Circle of Love (thewildreed.blogspot.com)
- Catholic Fear Or Christian Love? (enlightenedcatholicism-colkoch.blogspot.com)
- “Catholics For Equality” on Gay Bullycide (queeringthechurch.wordpress.com)
- Catholic Bishops: Talk About Banning Gay Marriage, Stay Silent About Anti-Gay Bullying (gayrights.change.org)
- “Equally Blessed”: Statement on US Bishops’ Elections. (queering-the-church.com)