As people of faith, we are called to unconditionally love those who suffer from a sexual identity crisis, listen to their struggle and lighten their burden however we can. Where friendship, prayer and counsel are needed we must step up. Christ would have no less.
Golden, late morning light filtered the stained glass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral. In its glow Native American musician Buz Daney drummed and chanted a solemn but joyful opening to the Archdiocese of Anchorage’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Mass on May 14.
While the synod certainly included energetic debates on how to best reach out to those who have suffered from divorce and those who live with same-sex attraction, in the end there was a resounding affirmation of the church’s long-standing teachings on these important issues. We must not be surprised if the church is unbending in affirming long-standing teachings even as it grapples with new applications. This is the kind of institution Christ established — a living church that moves through the variables of history while always inviting, urging and challenging each new generation to embrace the unchanging truth of Jesus Christ.