Cardinal Robert Sarah: Clergy not demanding LGBT celibacy are demeaning gay people
Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah has said that Catholics are demeaning gay people if they do not call them to live chastely.
That’s priests calling on LGBT people to be chaste by the way. The alternative would be far more difficult.
In the foreword to a book called Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay (because of internalized homophobia created by a church that hates you, Daniel Mattson – there, I’ve saved everyone $20), Sarah writes:
“To omit the ‘hard sayings’ of Christ and His Church is not charity. Indeed, it is a disservice to the Lord and to those created in His image and likeness and redeemed by the Precious Blood.
“We cannot be more compassionate or merciful than Jesus, who told the woman caught in adultery two equally important messages: Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again” (Jn 8:11).’”
Mattson’s book chronicles his struggle with being gay. The author explains how undergoing ex-gay conversion therapy – banned in many U.S. states but widely practised nonetheless – allowed him to turn his back on a life of sin.
“In this frank memoir, Mattson chronicles his journey to and from a gay identity, finding peace in his true identity, as a man, made in the image and likeness of God. Part autobiography, part philosophy of life, and part a practical guide in living chastely, the book draws lessons from Mattson’s search for inner freedom and integrity, sharing wisdom from his failures and successes.”
Sarah also loves torturing kids. RE conversion therapy he writes:
“I came to learn how [four “ex-gay” Catholics] suffered, sometimes because of circumstances beyond their control, and sometimes because of their own choices.
“I sensed the loneliness, pain, and unhappiness they endured as a result of pursuing a life contrary to the true identity of God’s children.
“Only when they lived in keeping with Christ’s teaching were they able to find the peace and joy for which they had been searching.”
He calls on bishops and priests to read Mattson’s book so they can “deepen their conviction that the wisdom of the Church in the difficult and sensitive area expresses genuine love and compassion”.