Last night Séamus and I went out for a few drinks in Soho.

We ended up in a drag bar surrounded by our fellow gay brothers and sisters!

One young guy was celebrating because he’d just come out as gay, another we got talking to seemed a little lost and was still finding himself and then we got talking to about 4 or 5 drag Queens, all wonderful people with very interesting lives.

And then on came the song “It’s a sin” and here are just some of the lyrics which in a way summarise the pain that a lot of gay people feel deep in the hearts because of a lack of church teaching and pastoral support in this area.

When I look back upon my life
It’s always with a sense of shame
I’ve always been the one to blame
For everything I long to do
No matter when or where or who
Has one thing in common, too
It’s a, it’s a, it’s a, it’s a sin
It’s a sin
Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place, I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to
It’s a sin

And as if somehow to show us that this type of attitude still exists among some church people, this morning we found out about a protest that was being organised for next Thursday outside the church during our Medjugorje evening!

I could use the lyrics of this song and say that for some people:

Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place, I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to
It’s a sin

Yet the catechism of the catholic church teaches that

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

So one really could ask the question what on earth is their to protest about an evening of prayer for LGBTQ Catholics and their friends and families and why not encourage us rather than judge and condemn us?

Isn’t it time that LGBTQ people who so often have been treated as sin no matter what they do be “accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” as the catholic church teaches?

So let’s break the cycle of fear and shame and condemnation and pray that one day every LGBTQ person will be able to say:

Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place, I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to
I AM LOVED

Let us pray also for all protestors and people who think that they are pleasing God by rejecting the LGBT community in the church.

May God give them the light of His love and mercy to understand the error of their ways!

Come along Thursday if you can (inside the church I mean 😉 😏)

Michael