From New Ways Ministry:
Today’s post is from guest blogger Jason Steidl, a Lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn and Long Island. He is a member of the ministry team for Out at St. Paul, the LGBTQ ministry of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan.
Part of being both LGBTQ and Catholic is grappling with sin in the church. While the church calls itself the “sacrament of salvation,” we see its faults first hand: teaching that describes queer desire as intrinsically disordered; schoolteachers fired from their jobs for marrying their same-gender partners; clericalism that keeps healthy gay priests closeted as it promotes the self-loathing ones. Most recently LGBTQ Catholics have been scandalized by the hypocrisy of Church leadership condemning our intimate relationships, even though they have facilitated the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults.