|Posted on April 11, 2016 at 2:05 PM|
Dear Pope Francis,
I respect, honor and love you as the first among the bishops, as the bishop of Rome, as the Pope.
Yet I am saddened to see which way you lead the Church - or better: fail to lead the Church.
In crucial and troubled times, when the whole Church - and with her the whole world! - looked up to the successor of Peter to stand up like Peter once did and give the Church clarity and guidance, you fail. You are supposed to steer the ship in difficult times, but you refuse to take over.
Reading AMORIS LAETITIA, I wonder what you had in mind when you wrote something like that.
All the ifs and buts in unclear situations of moral theology are nothing new. Each person, each act and each sin must be seen in its full context - with all circumstances in order to be able to give a solid judgement. So confusing us with many details and exceptions of exceptions does not really help. I thought my headache was getting a headache when I read that. Maybe I was hoping that you of all would write something a simple man or woman can understand as well. Maybe next time.
We also know that it is not up to us to condemn. God is the final judge. However, God did not tell us for nothing that loving one another also includes exhorting one another and bringing one another back on the right track.
I spent many years in the gay scene until the Lord set me free by showing me the way to a Christian organization named "Homosexuals Anonymous" (www.homosexuals-anonymous.com). Praise the Lord - I finally found freedom and purpose in my life following Jesus Christ.
What I have always appreciated about the Catholic Church was its clarity, especially when it comes to family issues. She stood strong when others failed.
As someone who had been on the other side of life, who had fully embraced sin I can only tell you that you do not help people who face difficult situations at all by letting them know that maybe somehow under some circumstances things might be different and they could still come to the table of the Lord. With all due respect, Holy Father, that is utter heresy.
You might think that somebody who lives a live apart from the Church (be it in the gay scene or in a relationship whatsoever outside of marriage, as a remarried person or whatever) cannot sin all the time and the circumstances might be so special that he could come to a judgment that allows him to accept the "healing power" of the Eurcharist and that everything else would be "cold". You are so wrong, Holy Father. From my own experience I can only tell you that yes, it is possible to live in a state of constant sin and true love means loving someone enough to tell him the truth. No backdoor, no ifs, no buts. To think that some just don't make it and we need to back down from our high moral standards is a slap in the face of every true believer and finally of Jesus Himself.
Yes, EVERYONE can make it. God promised us that there is no temptation that cannot be overcome and that He would finish what He promised us.
I only found freedom because some people told me about the true love of God and walked with me all the way until I was there.
Everything else is not only poor theology, it is more than dangerous: it is irresponsible and not worthy of the successor of Peter.
I call on you and I call on all good Christians to stand up, defend the Christian faith as proclaimed in the Holy Scriptures and finally by the living Word Jesus Himself. Do not back down! Do not lower our believes! Tell people the truth, but also help them to find that truth and to meet that goal God promised each one of us!
In times when Church leaders fail, God sometimes calls simple people to stand up for Him, to live out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Simple people like Peter once was.
Director of Homosexuals Anonymous