Celebrating Our Faith In Same Sex Commitment

On the day that the Australian Parliament passed legislation allowing for same sex marriage it is worth remembering and celebrating the diversity of queer friendships that punctuate our religious history and heritage.

D1015D04-814F-4258-8962-2C14224CCCF8To honour this day I publish two of my fave icons of Saints Perpetua and Felicity next to Saints Sergius and Bacchus. These ancient martyrs have been revered and honoured for their witness to same sex affection, commitment and devotion.

My thanks to FB friend Paul Halsall who in 1997 published a comprehensive Calendar of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Saints

We who are people of faith celebrating our diverse sexuality can look back to a rich history of mentors and witnesses to the grace of love among our LGBTIQ ancestors.

On this historic day let us unite in prayerful thanks for this legislation and invite our Church to begin a new journey of affirmation of our love and commitment.

 

How can our government better support and foster human values?

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In the lead-up to the Queensland State elections on 25th November the Archdiocese of Brisbane has  launched a public forum inviting  discussion on public policy and Catholic values.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge encourages participation in these words:

” I warmly invite you to contribute your thoughts on the ways you believe the future Queensland Government could better support families, particularly those who support Catholic values. We would like to see improvements in learning and education from a future government that reflects the core values of decency towards Queenslanders. 

Your feedback can help to continue shaping an environment for our children, anchored among Catholic values that include respect for others”

 
The heading for the online forum points to “human values” yet the blurb invites a reflection on “Catholic values” This itself is a good starting point for conversation.  So, away you go. Let’s build this conversation. The link is here

Yes, November 2017

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“Yes” to Marriage Equality
“Yes” to Treaty with First Nations Peoples
“Yes” to ending off shore processing of refugees and asylum seekers
“Yes” to prison reform and restorative justice practices
“Yes” to economic justice and a living wage
“Yes” to environmental integrity and care for creation
“Yes” to inclusion and respect for differing abilities
“Yes” to a political culture that works for the common good
“Yes” to peace making rather than weapons and alliances with war makers
“Yes” to education that is creative, diverse and lifelong

Mary, Queen of Queers, Pray for us

As a young boy I have a vivid memory of the first Marian Procession I attended at the local convent of Stella Maris in North Geelong. The candlelight movement of women in dark habits singing the Lourdes Hymn took me into a world where heaven touched earth and all tears were wiped away.

In my mother’s kitchen a small Icon of Our Lady of the Way sat alongside the detergent just above the sink where our daily dishes were washed. My grandmother was a member of the Legion of Mary and walked the streets of her neighbourhood to join  families who prayed the rosary as the Fatima Statue moved from house to house. Each rosary with finish with a rousing chorus of Hail Queen of Heaven that echoed down the street

Whoopi Golberg brought a new generation of people the spirit of Marian Hynms and devotion spiced up and inviting with a freshness and adventure that reflected the reality of the young woman of Palestine more faithfully than the Living Parish Hymnal.

The most popular Marian prayer in Catholicism has been the Litany of Loreto. Its invocations of Mary under Biblical and popular titles has  made it a feature of Catholic Spirituality in chant and languages As well as the litany I have invoked the custom of decorating statues in popular culture with flowers and rosaries,  and even money.

As an older Queer Catholic I continue the venerationof  Mary in  the Litany to which I have added invocations from my life and experience. I also continue the  custom of bringing elements of my life such as the rainbow colours to decorate and honour the place of mary in my spirituality.

In this month of May  we invoke Mary Queen of Queers, Pray For Us.

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