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Spiritual loss

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Luke: we must take up our cross, difficulties, and challenges, lose our egocentric-self daily, not run, hide, or cast them aside; thus lacking true Christian conviction.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton raised a provocative question. If a gay Scout is in a tent with a straight Scout, isn’t that going to be uncomfortable? What about a closeted 18-year-old in a tent with a straight 18-year-old?

Institutional religion often runs away from truth and also denies the heart of authority, the people. This is such a case. This individual decision is not in keeping with the pastoral teachings of Vatican II.

Nor is it in agreement with John Paul II on the Family, 1981: “An Even more generous, intelligent and prudent pastoral commitment ... faced by situations which are objectively difficult.”

Further, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Always our Children states gays are so because of an “innate instinct.” How can one person deny another’s instinct and treat them like lepers?

I find St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s decision anything but Always our Children. I find it cowardly and heretical to Christian core values of faith, hope and love.

Where is your outrage, demanding human decency and above all the Christian core of compassion and love taught by Jesus? Let’s just be at Mass and forget our cross but in submissive silence wear our head vials.

Richard Rill

Crystal Lake

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