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Sister Wendy on Gay Marriage: God is All Love

Verena von Pfetten of the Huffington Post talks to nun and art historian Sister Wendy in a recent interview, and asks a question about gay marriage and reconciling her beliefs with the church. Can we have a debate featuring Sister Wendy, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee?

SisterwendyQ: You've spoken out about gay marriage. How do you balance what you believe with what you have sworn to uphold?

Sister Wendy: I believe in loyalty. We should respect our church, but never believe that the church has the last word. The church is saying "this", but I believe that sooner or later "this" will change. "This" is not the mind of our Lord. God is all love. It's a delicate balancing thing. The Church has changed it's position over the years, and because the spirit is with the Church, in the end the Church will always get it right. But in the end. The spirit of the Church is the meaning of love, which hasn't yet, perhaps, been fully understood.

(via daily dish)

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  1. She gives a very thoughtful and Catholic answer. A lot of people don't realize the Catholic Church is not like the Biblical fundamentalist protestants. It puts a lot of stock into historicity, tradition, study, theological introspection and the magisteriam.

    Check out the catechism and what it says about gays. It talks about loving them, supporting them, ministering to them and even acknowledging that homosexuality is an "innate" condition.

    Where activists freak out is that it believes gays, like unmarried str8s, are called to celibacy. You can be loving and intimate without sex. We do it everyday in other relationships as a friend, neighbor, son, brother, father.

    Posted by: queendru | Dec 8, 2007 2:43:32 AM

  2. But, Queendru, heterosexuals aren't "called" by the church to limit their expressions of love ONLY to sexless and uncoupled roles like friend, neighbor, son, etc. So it's hardly as if everyone is being treated equally.

    Discrimination with a "loving" face, practiced by intelligent and relatively sensitive people, is still discrimination.

    Posted by: Miles | Dec 8, 2007 5:11:57 AM

  3. I, too, am happy to see this as it reflects my experience of Catholicism growing up and college we had Father Pat and Sister Margaret who pretty much said the same thing and encouraged us to work within the system to respectfully educate other Catholics who were more closed minded...and unserstand that it usually came from ignorance. My parents often pointed to positions that have evolved over time and encouraged me to be a leader in that change.
    The fact that the older Catholics, who happen to be, like the military, the current set of senior leaders, are more closed minded is a mirror reflection of any culture or subculture where the oldest people are most conservative, wanting things to be as they've always known them. I don't believe when a senior Bishop or the Pope express their traditional views on homosexuality they are bigots...wrong and out-of-date, but hot hateful.
    Bigots like Bill Donohoue (sp?) who aren't even official members of the church leadership, though claim to 'speak' for the Church and give us ALL a bad name.

    Posted by: BreckROY | Dec 8, 2007 8:34:53 AM

  4. Give THIS woman a GLAAD award. And for heaven's sake, somebody put her in their parade!

    Can you imagine HER as Grand Marshall? How awesome would THAT be?

    We need all the help from "the other side" we can get.

    Posted by: James | Dec 8, 2007 3:05:14 PM

  5. she represents the only god i might supplicate. organized religion is poison.

    Posted by: nic | Dec 8, 2007 3:42:52 PM


    Posted by: dr. john clauss | Dec 10, 2007 4:06:32 PM

  7. idc

    Posted by: wendy | Feb 23, 2009 12:23:29 PM

  8. Sister Wendy Beckett is probably the most sophisticated Catholic thinker of our age. This doesn't in the least surprise me in a woman who so effortlessly gets to the heart of the Christian message, which is such a simple one, yet which other people inexplicably find so difficult. WHo needs women priests when we've got Sister Wendy? Go Sister!

    Posted by: steve james | Dec 28, 2012 2:46:32 PM

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