What queer people have to say at the Synod

(Work in progress. Please contact me if you want to contribute. Maybe we could translate this and publish it on https://petitsioon.ee in order to collect signatures. Before doing so, I need help from a few others for the final formulation.)

Here is what I imagine that queer people and their friends have to say at the Synod on Synodality:

Dear Fathers of the Synod,

we are often disappointed when we hear and see what many Christians say and think about homosexual people. Is this

many of us are really angry with the Church. For example the EKN position paper about homosexuality does not make us say “See how they love one another” (Tertullian) or that they “have love for one another” (John 13:35).

This is more than unfortunate, it is a serious issue because extra ecclesiam nulla salus. We want to help the Church on her synodal journey of seeking what is good and true[1].

  • It is true that we happen to collaborate with an entertainment industry that uses the situation for making money.

  • It is true that we happen to be impatient or provocative.

  • It is true that we happen to not be prudent. We agree that sexuality is a topic that deserves delicateness. Especially children must be protected from getting answers to questions that they didn’t ask.

  • It is true that we sometimes fail to understand that a life-long binding makes sense only when there is a life-long purpose like a consecrated life or a biological family.

We acknowledge that the topic of About queer people and the Church is a controversial question, being discussed fervently among Christians in the whole world. We acknowledge that individual humans have strong opinions and beliefs about this topic. We do not blame anybody for having a strong opinion. We acknowledge the importance of sexual polarization for the human race.

We ask you to please explain to the Church:

  • Homosexuality is an extraordinary sexual orientation, not a disorder. A disorder is an attitude that hinders you from loving your brothers and sisters and disturbs social behaviour. Homophobia is a disorder.

  • Queer people are very welcome in the Church. Homosexuals are a gift to humanity that the church has unfortunately refused to accept for a long time.

  • Some queer people are called to live a life in celibacy, some as eremites, some as consecrated people. Others are called to found a biological family with a partner who values them so they can find workarounds for their particular couple.

  • Same-sex couples make sense under civil law and are no obstacle to being a fully recognized member of the Church.

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