Wednesday, December 20, 2017

the new evangelization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin — coming out of the homosexual closet


“I am Greg. I am a Roman Catholic priest. And, yes, I am gay!”






excerpts from Fr. Gregory Greiten’s letter

By choosing to enforce silence, the institutional church pretends that gay priests and religious do not really exist. Because of this, there are no authentic role models of healthy, well-balanced, gay, celibate priests to be an example for those, young and old, who are struggling to come to terms with their sexual orientation. This only perpetuates the toxic shaming and systemic secrecy.

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I can only imagine that day in our church when we are accepted for who God created us to be and no longer fearing that we might be dismissed from active ministry.

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As a priest of the Roman Catholic Church currently serving in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I would like to apologize personally to my LGBT brothers and sisters for my part in remaining silent in the face of the actions and inactions taken by my faith community towards the Catholic LGBT community as well as the larger LGBT community. I pledge to you that I will no longer live my life in the shadows of secrecy. I promise to be my authentically gay self. I will embrace the person that God created me to be. In my priestly life and ministry, I, too, will help you, whether you are gay or straight, bisexual or transgendered, to be your authentic self — to be fully alive living in your image and likeness of God. In reflecting our God-images out into the world, our world will be a brighter, more tolerant place.

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I am breaking through the silence and reclaiming my voice — silent words to prophetic words, despairing words to hopeful words, angry words to forgiving words, and sad words to joy-filled words, with the passion of the words attributed to a great woman saint and doctor of the church, St. Catherine of Siena, "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."

This fire burning deep inside my heart, I will no longer contain. I will not be silent any longer; the price to pay is way too great. I must speak my truth. I have lived far too many years chained up and imprisoned in the closet behind walls of shame, trauma and abuse because of the homophobia and discrimination so prevalent in my church and the world. But rather, today, I chart a new course in freedom and in integrity knowing that there is nothing that anyone can do to hurt or destroy my spirit any longer. First steps in accepting and loving the person God created me to be.
source: National Catholic Reporter, Parish priest breaks the silence, shares that he is gay

Is James Martin hinting about himself?

2 comments:

  1. That he is acting against intense shame is clear from what he says. His shame is obvious from such phrases and sentences as: "...when we are accepted for who God created us to be," and "I will embrace the person that God created me to be," and "...sad words to joy-filled words," and "...chained up and imprisoned in the closet behind walls of shame," and ..."nothing that anyone can do to hurt or destroy my spirit any longer. First steps in accepting and loving the person God created me to be." Unfortunately for him, his shame is natural, and results from the knowledge that homosexuality is mental illness.

    God did not create him to be mentally ill. His parents or parent made him mentally ill. He has failed to overcome his mental illness, to become heterosexual; he has also failed to deal with his shame in a healthy way. Now he lies to himself in order to counter his shame, pretending that God made him homosexual. He can blame his parents and himself, but definitely not God. He is committing a serious sin when he claims that God ever makes a man homosexual from birth.

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  2. Would a priest announce at mass that he was heterosexual, but celibate? No. Shows one how perverse the N.O. is; wonder how many of those who stood and applauded also applaud themselves for their own mortal sins -- while professing that God made them that way and loves them that way and that they and all their relatives and friends who lived and died in mortal sin are now in heaven.

    N.O. nothing but a Church of Satan to worship the devil. Meanwhile the self-called 'faithful' pharisees start petitions professing their faithfulness while continuing to worship w/the false teachers and try to figure out how they can continue to make money off the other pharisees by saying they are "building alliances." Or say 'have more children' while paying for abortions and contraception (how francis teaches flock to walk in hypocrisy w/him).

    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/3607-remnant-newspaper-s-e-edition-tutorial

    https://lifepetitions.com/petition/support-the-church-s-unchangeable-teachings-sign-the-petition

    https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/12/14/ahead-tax-vote-and-amid-retirement-rumors-paul-ryan-meets-cardinal

    http://www.newsweek.com/paul-ryan-wants-you-have-more-kids-749328

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-dolan-humanae-vitaes-warnings-about-contraception-coming-true-in-s

    https://www.irishcentral.com/news/cardinal-dolan-admits-his-archdiocese-pays-up-for-contraception-and-abortion-insurance-209144371-237592521

    https://gloria.tv/article/h3tRKRMR9a2v6mVTM8ubMTEzN

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/fr.-james-martin-to-present-cdl.-timothy-dolan-pope-leo-xiii-award

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/secular-press-keeps-pursuing-ny-corruption-when-cdl.-dolan-wont

    https://nypost.com/2015/12/10/priest-paid-his-male-sex-master-from-collection-plate-lawsuit/

    http://torontocatholicwitness.blogspot.com/2017/07/cardinal-dolan-joins-homosexual-mo.html

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mo-rocca-francis-mass_us_5606d8eee4b0768126fdc46a

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