QUOTE TO NOTE: Don’t Be Ashamed to Come Out

computer_key_Quotation_MarksTheologian Father Gerald Coleman, S.S., recently commented on athletes Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers coming out as gay men.  In reflecting on the announcements of these celebrities, Fr. Coleman also commented on the proper response of the Catholic faith community to anyone who comes out.  In an article in Catholic San Francisco, he writes:

‘When a person chooses to reveal that he or she is gay/lesbian, sometimes at great personal risk, that person deserves the respect and support of others. Speaking the truth about one’s sexual identity is consonant with, and not opposed to, a life of integrity and faith. No one should be pressured to reveal his or her sexual orientation, but no one should be ashamed to do so either.”

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry


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