LGBTQ Children in Catholic Families: A Deacon’s View of Holy Family Sunday

Sharing an important article for my GLBTQ readers. Many kind blessings.

Bondings 2.0

Today’s post is written by a guest blogger: Deacon Ray Dever of St. Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida.

On this first Sunday after Christmas, the Church observes the feast of the Holy Family.  And with that observance inevitably comes reflection on the nature and meaning of the Catholic family today.  Many within the Church still seem to hold an idealized and increasingly inaccurate vision of what a Catholic family looks like, in spite of the growing diversity of the families that comprise the people of God.  As one who would count my own family among that diversity, the topic of Catholic family holds considerable personal interest for me.

In the fall of 2013, at the beginning of our son’s sophomore year at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, he came out as transgender.  In doing so, she became one of only three openly trans* students at Georgetown at the time.  This happened…

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2 Responses to LGBTQ Children in Catholic Families: A Deacon’s View of Holy Family Sunday

  1. DeevineDeesigns says:

    I had always wondered if this is what kept my father from living his true life. It makes me so sad but I’m sure that growing up with an Irish Catholic father and a Catholic German mother couldn’t have been conducive to coming out. we need to learn to just love one another on Earth and let God make the final decisions… Thanks for ALL of your insight. 🙂

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    • DogDharma says:

      Boy can I relate! If you’ve read my blog, my father was Italian Catholic, but he was not narrow-minded, and he married my non-Catholic mother. Now my mother grew up amongst fundamentalist Christians. What she didn’t tell me was that HER father had been German Catholic until he married my non-Catholic grandmother. By all rights, I *should* have been raised Catholic, but my dad died when I was young, so I got the fundamentalism instead. Talk about mixed up craziness! Now we have a pope who seems to be leading the charge on GLBT inclusiveness. Doesn’t get any stranger than that!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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