Catholic Church, Schmatholic Church….

“I’ve got nothing against God, it’s his fan club I can’t stand.”

~A Bumper Sticker

I’m not Catholic. In fact, much in the same way I refuse to join a specific political party, I refuse to choose a religious denomination. I’m not interested in being told what I should and should not believe, or support, by some flock leader.

I understand the draw and comfort of a congregation, but in general, I prefer to come to my own conclusions about faith; conclusions based on self-reflection, education and my own interpretation of what I think I’m being “called” to do, the kind of person I aspire to be and the world I want to live in.

So, I can’t really begin to understand what it feels like to be let down by a religious institution I’ve devoted my faith to following. I imagine it hurts though.

I recently read an article that quoted the Catholic “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” as saying, “It is impossible for God to bless sin,” thus officially declaring that the Catholic church cannot bless same sex unions.

I say, who cares? You don’t need that blessing, because you already are blessed. You were born to be who are and to love who you love.

Quite frankly, if you ask me, it’s a bit rich for Catholicism to be making grand proclamations about what it will and will not bless anyway.

Over the past few decades, Catholic abuse scandals have been exposed in countries all around the world. In most cases, clerics of various rank have been credibly accused of abuse, and of breaking celibacy vows with seminarians and others over whom they serve in positions of authority.

Yet, when brought to the attention of higher ups in the church hierarchy, the accused have rarely been punished and instead are often just moved to new dioceses (with brand new victims to prey upon), and sometimes promoted to positions of even greater power and influence in the church.

And MY God, the one I believe in, thinks that’s some holier-than-thou bullshit.

I guess I just have a hard time respecting, or even taking seriously, a religious organization that has allowed criminals to not only flourish within their ranks, but has also supplied them with victims, all under the banner of faith.

I mean, come on now Catholicism….don’t you have enough ACTUAL sin to keep you busy un-blessing and exorcising for a while?

I don’t believe homosexuality is a sin. And, I don’t believe in the self-serving interpretations of verse, by humans,who weren’t even around in the 4th century, who make those claims.

The Bible has been translated eleventy-billion times from ancient and now dead versions of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek languages. And let’s be real, the human race has more than proven it can’t be trusted.

So, unless one of those priests was there, sitting at the last supper, drinking wine and breaking bread with Jesus, and he looked over and said, “You know, Archbishop so-and-so, homosexuality is a sin, write that down, will you?” They don’t know.

Now, I don’t claim to be a biblical scholar myself, or a bible beater….or all that virtuous, actually….but, I can toss out a verse or two myself….

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” ~Somewhere in Corinthians

Just saying…

Faith is simply a strong belief based on spiritual understanding rather than proof, and no one religion owns it.

Faith belongs to each of us. It’s intimately ours to nourish and to turn to for support and comfort and guidance. It’s not meant to be exclusionary, or weaponized.

So, marry your person. Build an authentic and true life that you love. Own your faith. You’re already a blessing.