I now interrupt this usually-frivolous blog to post something actually worth thinking, talking, and writing about.
I’m in the middle of reading an intriguing and provocative article by Robert Oscar Lopez, a conservative who was raised by lesbian parents and has been courageous enough to speak the truth about his experience. It goes without saying that he has been persecuted, labeled, ridiculed, and dismissed for what he says. But it seems to me he has a perspective on this issue that deserves to be heard.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help but think about Pope Francis’ recent off-the-cuff remarks about children growing up with two moms or two dads. As a catechetical leader who forms catechists, his reminder was an important one. Who is that child sitting in front of us? Do we know who we are teaching? Do we know where they are coming from- their presuppositions, their experiences, their feelings? If we don’t, we will never be true teachers.
I highly recommend Lopez’ article: Same-Sex Parenting: Child Abuse?
As you read it, the folly of those people who jumped on Francis’ remark to be an approval of same-sex parenting will become starkly evident. Pope Francis never approved it; he reminded us that it is an issue that requires our attention, especially as it becomes more accepted.
Read Lopez, then read the National Catholic Register’s outline of what Pope Francis was actually saying. And then pray for those of us who teach.