The sticking issue, of course, is our relationship as laypeople with a church hierarchy that continues to prefer denial and repression of LGBT concerns. The issue here is not sexuality at all; the issue is control. Sexuality is both mysterious and uncontrollable, and because the bureaucratic structure of the Church, like any bureaucratic structure, thrives on predictability and control, there are problems. Jesus Christ did not get along with either the Pharisees or Sadducees, or with any of the other authority figures of his day. Jesus was shockingly liberal and radically inclusive. There is a frightening glint of truth in Mark Twain’s 19th Century bon mot: “If Jesus Christ were alive today, he would not be a Christian.”

Mike Rosanova, Dignity/Chicago, in
"Rainbow Ribbons for Advent: High Hopes in a Suburban Parish"

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