Recently, the Vatican reaffirmed its position that divorced and remarried Catholics are barred from receiving communion. The solution then for a devout Catholic whose marriage ended in spousal abuse, infidelity, or otherwise through no fault on their own is just to live with a new partner without being remarried. But wait, there's a Catch 22: Doesn't that just constitute "living in sin?"
The Vatican's position on remarrying makes about as much sense as its hypocritical position on homosexuality. Gay and lesbian folks created by the same loving and merciful God as the rest of us are not welcome in the Catholic Church, either, as any priest, who by the way may happen to be gay, will tell you.
Perhaps my feelings toward the Catholic Church are just sour grapes. My brother loved God, the Catholic Church and its liturgy and served dutifully as a choir director in a number of Catholic churches for 40 years. As a gay man, he understood the Church's position and died never having the comfort of feeling he was made welcome.
What a pity.
Ed O'Malley, ColumbiaCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun