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November 6: US
Presidential election ....and voting for many other offices ....and issues. e.g.
In Minnesota, a marriage amendment will be on the statewide Nov. 6 ballot. If approved by a majority of those voting,
it would amend the state Constitution to say that marriage can only be a union of one man and one woman. State law already forbids gay marriage.
Basic to the same-sex marriage issue, but rarely discussed, is the topic of anal sex.
Reports below, by doctors, are essential reading for an honest understanding of this issue
Same-sex marriage and anal sex
Aug 26 Comment re Minnesota Video
Aug 27 Minnesota Video Background
Aug 4 What do you think of same-sex marriage?
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Anon: Sharing below is very
powerful....a lot of food for thought
"We have work to do" August 15 address by Joe Kruse in Minnesota
Video report of same address See also this article
This young man spoke at a gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota of about 500 Catholics on marriage equality.
After reading hearing his talk, I asked my 20-year-old daughter, who attends an excellent Jesuit University, if she feels the same way as this young man. She is very bright ("A" average in bio chemistry), thoughtful, and balanced.
She said that she has felt ashamed of being Catholic for a long time, that when she tells people she's Catholic, there's a stigma attached. And that she feels the need to defend the 1,000,000's of Catholics who are doing good. She said, "They just don't know the Jesuits, or the work you do for good, mom." I asked her what makes her feel ashamed, and I thought she'd say the sex abuse scandal (which made me feel ashamed), and she said, "It's not Catholics in general. It's the hierarchy which is a bunch of old, white men who haven't kept up with anything. It's like people think you're stupid to belong."
One of the great disappointments of my life is that we worked so hard (and paid so much money) to try to pass our tradition along to our three children: Catholic grade school, high school, and college. Mass every Sunday. An active Catholic family. But the tradition just does not speak to them. I had been willing to compromise on women not being ordained, but my two daughters will likely not do that. The Pew Center says that we have the highest rate of not passing our tradition along to our children (other than the Hispanic population). Other mainline traditions are struggling with this, too, but ours is struggling the most, here in the U.S. And, in the last now the last year(s), the church in the U.S. is so strident and off putting, almost actively pushing people away, and turning on itself as it has in its treatment of the nuns. One wonders how ill an organization would have to be to hurt its own members like that.
This stridency and hurtfulness has sent me to the fringes of the church, where I have found the real action and love are. What is happening in the independent Catholic communities, our local Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, and Catholics for Marriage Equality, etc., is simply beautiful to behold. There is so much joy and so much love. My friend, who was trained as a spiritual lay leader says, this is The Living Word. See our local Catholic Coalition for Church Reform's website, and the activities on the right-hand side -- note that, among other things, Joan Chittister is coming to speak to us! Also, note their blog which is excellent: And, in Minneapolis, we have four of the RCC women priests (out of the 100 to 150 in the world). None of it is perfect, but it is cool, exciting, and loving, and boy, that is the place to be. (And, heck, maybe someday my kids will even like it. :) )
2013-03-08: Born that way? (with many comments...)