This section of the blog originally (2006) was for Catholics, SGO's (same gender oriented), allies, and those who want to reduce harm because of the Catholic church's teaching on homosexuality. Now I've embraced Deism <www.deism.com> and I'm calling the Roman Catholic Church to repudiate its mythically based infallible teachings like homosexuality. This blog can be a place where people like me might want to discuss various issues about asserting our deist principles and moving on with our spiritual quest to be contributors to a just society
In the history of religion we find an endless list of controversies--unfortunately too often bloodied by an anti-religious belief in war to settle differences with church officials participating. This "Least Harm"campaign for victims of brutality against homosexuals challenges this craziness.
Over the centuries right up to the current day there are still people who believe in horrible consequences for supporting/embracing homosexuality. The teaching of the Catholic church still gives inspiration to such people even though there are official documents which encourage a loving approach to us. Still we are being defined as intrinsically disordered and committing grave sin if we engage in any same sex activity. In the Diocese of Oakland, as in many others, the only service on the website for LGBTQ people is "Courage",(click to go there) a psychological/mental health service designed to deal with our orientation under Catholic teaching., Here in California such service by licensed therapists--not clergy or lay counselors-- was just "outlawed" this summer for those under 18. This is certainly part of our job in "least harm" to deal with such things.
We do wholeheartedly respect, though, and support the many people from other denominations and organizations that do incorporate homosexuality as normal sexuality. Ours is a contribution to the final goal. Our goal now is to support those who conscientiously support teaching that same gender love can be as sacred as heterosexual love for Catholics also.
We understand that this can still take centuries, but we want more than a "DADT" truce with our fellow-sister Catholics. We want to forge an alliance with those who do not accept our belief and find a way to stop the harm. Silence is no different from the medieval methods of torture and death. As MLK said, "in the end it is not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Please join our dialog here on this page. Thanks!