A gay person living a chaste lifestyle advises the Church
wrestle angels, we want to do it in a pew.
Sign of Peace and a brochure for the Cardinal’s Appeal, and that’s about it. This is not enough guidance on how to build a life as a single person in loving service to others, and it leaves many people feeling unwelcomed and even degraded, reduced to a political football.
strengthen families. This isn’t a zero-sum game. Take as one obvious example a modern marriage: although marrying couples still ask their friends and relatives to gather at the wedding to support them, too often they feel like all the pressure of marriage is on their own shoulders – they’re profoundly isolated. Men, especially, can be left to do way too much emotional work by themselves in trying to figure out what she meant and what to do about it. Deep friendships relieve this unbearable pressure. Married people who have read this article so far thinking, “Wait, I don’t feel especially supported in my vocation, either!” might find that praising and supporting friendship as a devoted, equal form of love will make their lives better, too.
Always Our Children,” the USCCB statement to parents of gay children; a talk on lay vocations outside of marriage, such as Dorothy Day’s service to those in need.
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