A Baltimore Archdiocesan bishop apparently tickled the ears of some same-sex couples. The Baltimore Sun reports:
Joey Causin, 34, drove from Hagerstown with his partner of two years for the Mass. "I came to feel validated, that we are acceptable," he said. "I mean, I know that. But it helps to see it objectively." Hearing from such a high-ranking church official of unconditional love - "that we are here to love and be loved, that it's not for us to judge" - was a welcome surprise, Causin said. "Part of my soul needs that," he said. "It's the reason I go to church. It's food for the soul."
David Morrison responds:
These comments leave a distinct impression that here were two people who may have walked away from Mass with either an expectation that the Church was moving toward changing its position on homosexual acts or that, even worse, the whole reason the Church exists is to validate us no matter how we might be living and that seeking to follow Christ more closely, to live in ways that are worthy of our calling in Him is just not important.
Yes, we are loved unconditionally. No, God does not will for us to stay stuck in our sins. I should probably follow David's example and reserve definitive judgment until a more complete story emerges, but if the "food for the soul" Mr. Causin heard was anything like most of the sermons I heard over the course of seven years at Metropolitan Community Church, it's spiritual junk food. The prophet Isaiah warned,
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live. (55:2-3)