St. Charles Borremeo
Let us fear lest the angered judge say to us: If you were the enlighteners of My Church, why have you closed your eyes? If you pretended to be shepherds of the flock, why have you suffered it to stray? Salt of the earth, you have lost your savor. Light of the world, they that sat in darkness and the shadow of death have never seen you shine. .. since you have done nothing but seek to please men? You were the mouth of the Lord, and you have made that mouth dumb.
St. Charles Borremeo, whose feast is today addressed a synod of Bishops with these harsh words in like 1545. Yet Charles could have been addressing almost any Church today for its treatment of homosexual issues.
Does the church close its eyes, ignore the suffering, marginalize the families of SSA. Has the church suffered its lost lambs to stray? Is the light of truth hidden behind political correctness, fear and ignorance of clergy. Does the relative silence on the issue render the mouth of the Lord dumb?
How many innocent boys and girls could be spared shame and undeserved guilt. And how many could be spared walking down a path of homosexuality because they wrongly believe they have no other choice?
How many parents could be educated, armed with the knowledge of truth preparing them to accept, to love and to nurture their SSA child? (And how many more could learn enough to thwart the development of SSA altogether?)
How many laity could be filled with proper Christian compassion so that no one would ever again have to climb in a closet?
I guess only God knows the how many's...
All we can do is work with what is and hope for what can be.
Here's to St. Charles.