Catholic Church redefines love to deny Homosexuals the right to marry.

In the May 10th issue of The Catholic Spirit, Deacon Steven Jones tries to justify the Catholic churches view on homosexuality in his article "Friendship with Jesus requires love and respect for his commands" by trying to convince everyone of what it means to love someone.  He tries to say that many (implying those who rally in support of the right of homosexual persons to marry) have created their "own definition of love, and it does not include what God has revealed."  He further states that God wants us to "respect his desires by knowing him and following his wishes."  While this makes for a great public relations campaign for the mother church it mixes mom and apple pie with misleading bible quotes taken out of context to support their cause.

In his defense of the churches view on homosexuality Deacon Jones does what the Catholic Church does best: misinterprets the Bible in its own image.  While it is a great thing to say that we should know God and follow her desires us.  By the way, have another piece of pie, would you like some whipped cream with that? That is a great generalized statement, but you cannot pull out a very few small sections of the bible and distort them to make a generalized claim on what God wants for us. 

Deacon Jones supports the Catholic view on love (and thereby homosexuality and marriage) by quoting several very select sentences from the Bible according to John (John 14:23, John 15:10, John 15:14-15) that basically says you should follow God's commands as interpreted by the Catholic Church.  However, his interpretation of them leaves something to be desired and he conveniently leaves items out of his article.  Where does he talk about what are God's "wishes?" He mentions that John 15:10 talks about keeping Gods commandments; you those ten rules from God that came down with Moses directly from God herself that we should all live by.  Show me the commandment that talks about homosexuality and marriage, about a definition of love?  Oops, I think he left that part out.  What he really wants us to do is to blindly follow the Catholic churchs (mis)interpretation of the bible on homosexuality.  Did you notice how he never speaks about the bible passages where it talks about homosexuals not being able to marry?  If you find that one, drop me a line.

If you want to throw out quotes about God's command for us he also says in the Gospel: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12) "This is my command: Love each other." (John 15:17) "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you." (John 14:16-17)  Deacon Jones conveniently left that part out when he talks about us "respect[ing] his desires by knowing him and following his wishes" that John tells us in his Gospel.

Well, by denying the love that homosexuals have for each other who want to get married the church is not followed God's most important command; Love each other as I have loved you.  Where is that in the Catholic Church today?  Where is the love of others when they deny homosexuals communion? Unfortunatly, it's nowhere to be found.  What the church would like you to do is to follow their interpretation of love and accept it as the only source.  Well, God has given us aother advocate: truth.  The truth is that there are a lot of people who love each other who want to get married and have a life and possibly a family together.  The only problem is that the happen to be of the same sex.  The problem with the church is that they choose not to see the truth in the love that God has given homosexuals that want to marry by denying what God wants for them and us: to love one another as she has loved us.