Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Catholic priest comes out of the closet
Says he can no longer reconcile his silence with the Church's anti-gay teachings
- Rebecca Leber
- May 29, 2013
In a decision that risks his career with the Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Gary Meier announced he is gay and the author of a previously anonymous book, “Hidden Voices: Reflections of a Gay, Catholic Priest.”
For 15 years Meier tried operating in a church that condemns being gay as “intrinsically disordered,” until he took a leave of absence last June.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Meier has only watched the Church’s anti-gay stance harden over time.
“I have tried over the years to reconcile my silence as a gay priest with that of the Church’s increasingly anti-gay stance. I have been unsuccessful,” Meier wrote in his book. “I was hopeful that I could find a way to have integrity while remaining part of a hierarchy that is anti-gay — I was unsuccessful.”
The Church has taken considerable measures to discriminate against LGBT people, including athreat to fire gay teachers, dropping the Boy Scouts for lifting its gay ban, and directing Church members to campaign against marriage equality.
Pope Francis has only affirmed the Catholic Church’s anti-gay stance by condemning same-sex marriage as “a scheme to destroy God’s plan” and “a real and dire anthropological throwback.” So far, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson said that Meier has “opportunity to be an example and mentor to Catholics in the archdiocese who struggle with the same feelings.”
Perhaps as few as two or three priests are publicly gay in the U.S., according to Rev. James Martin, editor-at-large at America magazine. Meier said he would like to continue as a priest, though he acknowledges it is unlikely.
Source: Think Progress