To the Editor:
I believe God who is love loves all and is in all. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. The meaning of the word “catholic” is universal. The church has been sent out by Christ on a mission to the whole of the human race. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic church so much that I profess it on a regular basis. I am concerned about gays who do not feel welcome in the universal church and in the church where I worship. Meister Eckhart said a human’s best chance of finding God is to look in the very place where they abandoned God. Marriage is between a man and a woman. I believe that is a truth revealed by God. Someone who is gay might not agree. As Pope Francis said, disagreement is healthy and should be out in the open. His great concern is to change people’s hearts. When gay people come to my church I hope they will find nothing but compassionate people who profess one, holy, catholic and apostolic church and show it in their actions. Our actions must align with the truth we profess. We must trust that God will help us to work out the puzzle that does not seem to include all the pieces. We do not have to know how all the pieces will come together. We are to love God and one another. We can leave the rest to God’s loving care.
Rock Island, Ill.