We are sorry that your family has decided to seek
another church, but we understand. It is difficult if not impossible, for us to
explain how church leaders can be so insistent on a rule that would make it
difficult for someone with your illness to join the Catholic family around the
Youll learn as you get older that the Christian
scriptures are loaded with instances of Jesus getting annoyed and angry with
those in his culture who taught that the only way to God was to keep every law
as strictly as possible.
It is sad to see that, in some ways, we have
returned to that view of how to be holy.
Our ancestors in the faith, the
early Christians we so admire, changed a lot of the rules of their original
faith to make room for other people. They pretty much did away with long lists
of rules about what people could or could not eat.
Maybe church leaders
in Boston are stuck, saying what they have to say because their bosses these
days are strict about obeying rules.
Well pray for you as you take
up a new path and hope youll pray for us. Maybe someday well find a
way to ease up on this rule so that you and others arent made to suffer
or stand out or feel forced to leave.
National Catholic Reporter, February 9,