To the Editor:
For the past couple of weeks, we Catholics have heard that our church will not offer sacramental marriage to homosexuals. What will we do for and with our brothers and sisters who are part of the LGBT community and civilly married?
During Mass, will we let them come to Mass? Will we shake their hands during the Sign of Peace? Will we let them, when in need, get funds from our help fund? Will we invite them to our endless potlucks? Will we accept their money in our collection baskets? Will we baptize their children?
Will we baptize them? Will we enroll their children in our schools? Will we ask after their health? Will we talk about the weather with them?
Will we accept their Kans 4 Life?
Will we give them envelopes? Will we put their couple picture in the parish directory? Will we hear their voices in the choir? Will we let them carry the Eucharist to homebound Catholics? Will we say the rosary together? Will we pray for their souls, by name, when they die? Will we let them read Scripture aloud at Mass?
Will the answer to these questions differ if they are our sons and daughters? Or will our silence keep all such questions in the closet? It is probably a miracle if same-sex couples enter a Catholic church this week, especially if they were wearing matching rings.