The website for WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station, has a poignant essay on the pull of Catholicism for one lesbian woman, even in the face of discrimination. You can read the entire essay here.
Catherine Smyka reminisces about the many personal and family occasions that took place in her parish church. While she laments that her wedding to her lesbian partner will not be able to take place there, she still has fond memories and a close connection and attraction:
“I know now I won’t be able to get married at St. Celestine’s. There will be many more exchanges of vows under that vaulted ceiling, but not mine—but I do have history there.
“No matter who I see on those steps or what happens in the future. No matter where I get married, or to whom…my story still started right there.”
Many people ask New Ways Ministry, “Why do LGBT people remain Catholic?” It’s a hard question to answer because the reasons are so diverse. Each person answers that question in a unique and personal way, as Catherine Smyka did in her essay.
What’s your reason? Whether you are LGBT or someone who supports them, why do you remain connected to Catholicism?
Please post your answers in the comments section.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry