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God Loves All


Last updated 3/22/2021 at 12:42pm

On behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans folks in our county, I am compelled to speak against the Vatican’s recent statement that the Roman Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions because, in Pope Francis’ words, “God does not bless sin.”

I’m an Episcopal priest, whom some readers will assume should mind her own business.

So let me be clear that, as a lesbian and a Christian, and as the chair of our local NAACP’s Religious Affairs Committee, I most certainly am minding my own business. I am appalled by this disturbing, disturbed and profoundly misguided pronouncement by a major Christian body.

Roman Catholic leaders are tragically wrong about LGBTQ relation-ships, morally and spiritually misguided, as they are on nearly all matters pertaining to gender and sexuality. They are mistaken because the Roman Catholic Church, like many others – including certain break-away branches of my own Anglican denomination – has never moved beyond its deep moorings in patriarchal theology, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the love of Jesus.

Like many people of all faith traditions, I have admired much of Pope Francis’ words and deeds.

On the whole, he is a faithful, courageous Christian leader, a powerful presence on the world stage.

This particular ruling, however, is morally bankrupt. In fact, it is a sinful statement which should be disavowed and rescinded because it runs contrary to the spiritual and moral well-being of a significant number of faithful, loving Roman Catholics around the world who are in lesbian and gay marriages or partnerships.

If, as the Pope suggests, “God does not bless sin,” then be assured, my LGBTQ siblings, God does not bless this sinful condemnation of your most devoted relationships.

God loves you, God loves us all and God blesses our most loving relationships, whether gay or straight.

Rev. Carter Heyward


(Heyward is an Episcopal priest and retired professor of theology from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass.)


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