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Friday, April 28, 2006

At story that needs to be told

Via Andrew Sullivan, a story that touched me on 9/11 and still does. That is the story of Father Mychal Judge. He was the NY fire department chaplain who was the first body pulled out of Ground Zero, ministering to his people. His story needs to be heard and thanks to some filmakers, is getting out there via the Saint of 9/11, a film which just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.

His story is also reason number one that instead of demonizing gays, Catholics should embrace and love everyone. It is, after all, what Jesus taught. If Father Judge wanted to be a priest today, he could not. Pope Benedict has made sure of that. The pedophiles and molestors, well, they can be protected by Church hierarchy. Reassigned to different parishes. Father Judge, as Benedict wrote prior to becoming Pope, represented "a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil."

Can there be a higher betrayal towards God's teachings? I wonder. It makes me more resilient than ever to not let hate take over my Church. Unfortunately, it is an uphill battle.


Blogger scott said...

I agree whole-heartedly. The stupid misconception that all gays are pedophiles, when the facts tell a different story, is repugnant.

Let's grab a beer soon, K.

8:02 PM  

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