Whenever Pious Preachers claim their “authority” to stand between their God and the Rest of Us. . .things get ugly:
In Montana, a gay couple who have been together for more than three decades have been told that they’re no longer really welcome in the Catholic parish where they’ve been worshiping together for 11 years.
This happened last month, in the town of Lewistown. By all accounts, these two men, one of them 73, the other 66, had done no one any harm. They hadn’t picked a fight. Hadn’t caused any particular stir. Simply went to Mass, same as always. Prayed. Sang in the church choir, where they were beloved mainstays.
Then, this from one of the men:
He said that seven generations of his family had worshiped in the parish, where he himself was baptized. In recent years he’d been on the parish council, and until last month, he was the organist. “This is my home,” he said.
This got me:
Wojtowick told me that the choir had essentially disbanded, in solidarity with him and Huff, and that some congregants had stopped attending services, Huff among them.
Wojtowick still goes, but only for the first half of the Mass, before communion approaches. “Then I get up,” he said. “I make a profound bow to the altar. And I walk out.”
As one blogger put it:
There is only so much inhumanity that a church can be seen to represent before its own members lose faith in it.
And some wonder why a person like me, who sang in many church choirs, studied the bible for years, served in ministry for nearly three decades, chose to leave the Church, Faith, Religion and God.
No one drives people from God as much as His Followers.
Think long and hard about that.