Detroit, MI (Trey Blanton) – Dignity/Detroit is dedicated to protesting the Catholic Church’s teaching on Same-Sex Attraction(SSA) and have expressed displeasure at being denied access to Archdiocesan property and clergy.
Detroit Dignity has been sheltered in the Archdiocese of Detroit since 1974 in the name of pastoral outreach.
Bishop Battersby released a letter on March 9, informing Dignity of their status and advised the members to join the Archdiocesan’s LGBT outreach programs Courage and EnCourage, as well as Unleash the Gospel.
According to the Spartan News Room report, those programs are “inappropriate” because they welcome people with SSA, but remind them of sexual sin and help them overcome their desires and live a holier life.
Bishop Gumbleton, in addition to equating the sexual sin of SSA people with military members who commit the sin of protecting their country, said there is no biblical support for saying the LGBT lifestyle is sinful.
He uses the Gospel of John and the Samaritan woman at the well to say:
“He was a Jew and she was a Samaritan, and they had no social contact whatsoever,” Gumbleton said. “There was extreme animosity. Jesus crosses those barriers and starts up a conversation. It turns out she’s married to five husbands … but they get to the point where she believes he’s the messiah and goes to the village and starts to proclaim him. He uses her as a disciple to proclaim the Gospel. That shows me how Jesus would act to homosexual people.”Detroit Catholic LGBTQ group grapples with isolation beyond COVID-19
It is no surprise to any Catholic in the past 50 years, who haven’t been taught the Faith, that the decline in knowledge of God, clearly, begins with the simple observation that our priests and bishops don’t even know the bible.
Gumbleton is correct in pointing to the woman’s sinfulness (being married to multiple men and living with a man who was not her husband), and that Jesus spoke with her, as we are called to do with those living with Same-Sex Attraction and Gender Dysphoria, but it is important to consider how we instruct them.
In John Ch. 4:22, Jesus continues his talk with the woman (living in sin and ignorance):
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.
Jesus then tells his disciples that the food He eats is to do the will of His Father and they must also participate in.
It is, therefore, the responsibility of all disciples of Christ to work with those in sin. Too many Protestants in American history have damaged the credibility of evangelization by casting out those living in sin with apathy and violence.
In John 8:7, from the Pharisees to the adulterous woman, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her… And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.'”
As you can see, we are not to punish people for having SSA or Gender Dysphoria, but we do tell them, along with adulterers, those having sex outside of marriage, the divorced and remarried, etc, to not sin again.
For a time, I dated a woman who was a Protestant and would often get into biblical discourse with her mother.
Any reasonable mother and Christian male suitor would agree it would be sinful to have sex before marriage, but the practice of Protestants and malformed Catholics to take bible verses out of context has to be addressed.
I questioned her, you have a daughter who is dating. You do not believe in Church authority over the bible and so it is under your authority to interpret the bible that you have taught your daughter that sex before marriage is wrong.
How would you feel if I, in my capacity to interpret the bible, took advantage of lustful desire to convince your daughter based on the parables in Luke’s gospel on the lost sheep and prodigal son that, “I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” and “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.”
How easily could it be accomplished that a young man and woman decide to engage in a sinful lifestyle because they can always repent later and be a cause of great joy.
She had no answer for that.
But even in that example, you see the proper response and mindset a member of the LGBT community should have in response to their sinfulness.
Just as I would be required to turn away from promiscuous sex, so are they. I do not lose my identity of being a heterosexual man because I choose to abstain and live with chastity.
I offer my life up to and for God and so should everyone. There are not exceptions or categories of sinners that get a pass.
We all have our cross to bear, whatever it may be, and we are to follow Christ.
Dignity does not do this. They want their sexual preferences to be celebrated and welcomed. They are not a group that seeks to live a Christian life.
Time will tell if the Archdiocese of Detroit’s SSA outreach program will be successful, or fall in line with Catholic teaching.
If you are carrying the cross of SSA or Gender Dysphoria, you are welcomed and loved. It is difficult to turn away from our inclinations but reach out to those who will help you build your life on Truth and tell you to go sin no more.