While Catholics in general are supportive of LGBT people, the church is still perceived as unwelcoming. This seems to indicate that the church is so identified with the positions assumed by its leadership that the reality among "rank-and-file" Catholics is rendered meaningless.
Pope Francis reassures me, an atheist, that the "good" that I do will lead me to meet someone along the way -- but what about the fact that I'm a lesbian? Is doing "good" enough for only one divergence from the faith?
We are by no means asking the Church to change its views on same-sex marriage, nor are we seeking validation or celebration of our sexuality by the Church. What we ask is to be treated with dignity and respect at our university.
Though the cardinal would like the LGBT community to accept his religious rhetoric, all razzle-dazzled up with words like "love" and "acceptance," it is basically just the same old hate-filled speech we've heard before, just said with a big smile and jazz hands.
Gay and lesbian couples who seek the full rights (and responsibilities) of marriage are far from the enemies of the "common good of society." In an era of cohabitation and serial monogamy, they and their allies may be marriage's biggest champions.
Today we celebrate a man. A humble man, but an inspired man. A beaten man, but a brave man. A pragmatic man, but hopeful man. As we celebrate, however, I worry that, were he still alive today, he would be saddened by our nation's tolerance of exclusion and injustice.
Many Catholics are angry at being told how to vote and at being told to keep quiet if they disagree with the hierarchy. They say it is un-American. Some are quitting churches in disgust. There are yard signs all over that say "Another Catholic Voting No."