Today’s post is from guest blogger Benjamin Brenkert, a contributor to The Daily Beast. Brenkert will pursue doctoral studies in education at Columbia University, New York, in the fall. His previous contribution to Bondings 2.0 can be read here.
As a Christian gay person, and former candidate for the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church, I propose that in response to the recent LGBT mass shooting in Orlando, Pope Francis celebrate a Mass for LGBT people in St. Peter’s Basilica and Square in Vatican City.
The Pope’s effusive, rhetorical question, “Who am I to judge?” is a promising question, but it needs actions to back it up. While a non-judgmental tone sounds good, unless clear and tangible follow-up happens, it doesn’t mean much.
His call for an apology to gay people shows that he is willing to ask their forgiveness. Jesuit Fr. James Martin told CNN, “No group feels more marginalized in the church today than LGBT people.” Clearly, active forgiveness and reconciliation are needed. What better way to celebrate that than to participate in the Eucharist together?
What the secular and religious world needs is an unequivocal demonstration of prophetic support for LGBT people, especially youth. A Mass for LGBT people all over the world is a good first step to let gays know that they are accepted for who they are, and that they are loved unconditionally.
Source: Bondings 2.0