So for gay Catholics living in Sydney, St. Joseph’s in Newtown has helped LGBT people of that faith to have a place to worship and take communion. Every Friday night, with the help of the usually conservative Archbishop of Sydney, they’ve gathered to worship their God and their religion for years. They got quite a shock when they all showed up for Mass last Friday evening the 26th to find a protest outside the church where they clearly weren’t welcome anymore.
A facebook group had been set up, and rather quickly, identifying the LGBT worshippers as a “sacrilegious” problem, vowing to stop them from attending St. Joseph’s. Big surprise right? Except for the fact that local priest of the church Father Peter Maher said “there is nothing in the Catholic faith that says gays and lesbians don’t have rights to take communion”. I’m sorry are we talking about the same religion here? Aren’t you the priest? Isn’t it your job to know the rules on gay sex and homosexuality?
My problem is this. People can’t be brainwashed into learning serious rules and general rhetoric for hundreds of years, only to be told it’s wrong. Not only that but have it come from the people in charge who have devoted their lives to serving a common purpose. I mean what is it? Do you like gays or don’t you? I have a lot of experience with a religious background, and as far as I was concerned, when I realized I was gay, there was no room for me in the religion. I understood. I didn’t agree, but I understood. Nor did I WANT to try to associate myself with it after that. Why would I purposely be somewhere where I wasn’t wanted when there were so many other accepting positive places to be?
The catholic church is built on some pretty intense bloody massacres in history, killing everyone and everything in their path that didn’t follow their rules and religion. It’s always been like that. It’s what they’re always going to do, they just can’t legally murder at will now. So why, oh why, do these LGBT people need to try to force a puzzle piece into a place that it doesn’t fit. They don’t belong at the church. They don’t belong in the Catholic religion. The Catholic religion is not the be all and end all of belief systems, and for those that need a religious sense of god in their lives, there are so many more accepting religions that would be happy to have them. Not to mention the people that protested who are only doing what they’ve been told their whole religious lives to do, only to be told that it’s wrong. How crazy can one system be?
So how is it that I have this opinion on gay people trying to force themselves into religious systems that don’t want them, without sounding like a hypocrite when I’m an activist for a change in the institution of marriage, that has also never included gay people? Well I don’t really fight for marriage necessarily. I think it’s a silly outdated system too. What I do fight, when I fight for the idea to be changed, is hate, and situations that cause it. Marriage’s brickwall is slowly being broken down brick by brick. The very source of the hate is going to be legally and indefinitely changed. The brickwall of Catholicism and most religion, is just TOO thick. So to me, the answer is disassociation. You can create a sect that is all inclusive, but that source, the very center where the hate truly exists, is unreachable.
I hope the LGBT people of St. Joseph’s open their eyes to other options when it comes to worship and that need for a deeper cause. It’s out there. And if I rubbed a lamp and a genie popped out, my first wish would be to take that whole goddamn sickening system down as hard as possible, fly my ass out to the Vatican, and embarrassingly parade that puppet the pope around like a moldy popsicle. But maybe that’s just me? ‘Nuff said.