Saturday, November 14, 2015

Leaving the Mormon Church; Fired Gay Priest No Regrets; Evan Davis Too Old For Kids

Leaving the Mormon Church

I've been following this on social media all week and I have to admit that I'm surprised to see so many people rebelling this way. You just don't usually see that kind of revolt with religion.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could lose hundreds of its faithful because of a new plan not to baptize the children of same-sex parents. According to CNN, many plan to officially resign from the church tomorrow, 15 November.

‘The fact that it affects children really upset people,’ Utah attorney Mark Naugle said to CNN. ‘Most people are disaffected from the church already and this was the final straw.’

It still remains to be seen if this revolt will accomplish any changes for the better. After all, organized religion is based on controlling the people to a certain extent and they don't like it when there's a revolt.

I wish Catholics would take heed because I'd like to see them revolt this same way, especially with respect to how women are treated in the Catholic Church. What usually happens is people revolt quietly and start dropping out little by little.

You can read the rest here. 

Fired Gay Priest No Regrets

I'm always stating here on the blog that coming out isn't easy for anyone. It's hell for most. But I also say I've never once heard someone who came out claim they regret doing it. And this is another story that can back me up.

Former high-ranking Catholic priest Krzysztof Charamsa, who was defrocked after publicly revealing that he is gay, has said that he has no regrets doing so.

The Polish-born 43-year-old had a long career as a priest that included 12 years as an official in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal enforcement body.

Here's the rest. I lost touch with the two high ranking Catholic priests I once knew who were living double lives. They were really very nice guys. They were just your average gay couple here in New Hope part of the time, and the rest of the time they were high ranking bishops in direct contact with Rome. But their separate/double lives NEVER intersected, at least not until they sold their home in New Hope and their real names became public record.

Evan Davis Too Old For Kids

Evan Davis of BBC's Newsnight is speaking candidly about fatherhood.

The 53-year-old radio and TV presenter met his partner, landscape architect Guillaume Baltz, 48, in 2002. They have been in a civil partnership for the past two years.

‘We’re probably too old to think about children — maybe 20 years ago, if we were younger, it would be different.

‘There’s much more around in terms of gay parenting now than there was when I was about 35, but what can we do now?’

Instead of children, Evans said that he and his husband considered themselves daddies to their two-year-old dog, Mr Whippy.

There's more here.

Tony always felt the need to have kids more than I did...but not strongly enough to really push the matter because I most likely would have given in at some point. We've been together since 1992, since we were in our early 20's, and back then having kids really wasn't part of the discussion for most gay men. But I also think that age is relative when it comes to having kids...or adopting an older child...and 53 isn't too old to adopt a child five years old, or older. The fact is a lot of straight people I know are waiting to have kids well into their forties.

 
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