Saturday, May 15, 2010

An open letter to the Pope

Dear Pope Benedict,

Good morning.

My name is Kate M. and I have been a (mostly) faithful Catholic for over 25 years. I have received four sacraments, and next May, will receive my fifth. I have dutifully attended church weekly (ok, ok, with a bit of a lapse around 2005) for as long as I can remember. I pray before dinner, when my airplane lands safely, and most nights before bed. I believe in the Ten Commandments (although, admittedly, I struggle with number three). I have recently begun to put cash in my weekly envelope. I even went to Catholic school from grades 7-12.

Overall, I think it's safe to say I've been a consistently decent Catholic. (Not the best, not the worst... Somewhere in the middle).

Until, apparently, now.

This week, in Portugal, you called gay marriage an "insidious threat to the common good."

Your Holiness (that is your correct title, no?), I must object.

The common good is threatened by the lengthening war in the Middle East, by ever mounting cancer diagnoses, by the on-going threat of terrorist attacks. Not by two consenting adults wanting to commit for all eternity.

I urge you to wise up.

Also, Pope Benedict, I think you have bigger fish to fry, no?

Thank you,
Kate

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