Bad treat­ment by Catholics to­ward gay mem­bers is sad

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Barb Ciepiela Michael Scully

Lock­port

While read­ing the re­cent dis­heart­en­ing New York Times ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the Dec. 30 News about overt hos­til­ity to­ward gay Catholics by some fel­low Catholics in San Diego and Chicago, I am ut­terly dis­mayed. How can these prac­tic­ing Catholics be so obliv­i­ous to the cen­tral mes­sage of Je­sus, to be kind and lov­ing to all peo­ple?

While he walked this earth, Je­sus made a spe­cial ef­fort to reach out to the out­casts of his time such as tax col­lec­tors, lep­ers and pros­ti­tutes. So how con­trary is it to the cen­tral theme of Chris­tian­ity when al­leged fol­low­ers of Christ choose to carry out acts of ha­tred and vi­o­lence against oth­ers sim­ply be­cause they don’t fit their own value sys­tem?

At the very least, we all need to ad­here to what Je­sus preached: peace, love and kind­ness to all, and to love our neigh­bors as our­selves.

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