What to do when Catholic Bishops offer an insincere statement on Orlando

What to do when Catholic Bishops offer an insincere statement on Orlando

You give it back, instantly.

I made the mistake of reading the statement once, twice, several times, and like the good Catholic boy that I was, tried to understand the wrath and anger I felt inside, to muffle it with compassion, to believe in good faith. I read it again today, and still it didn’t measure to the pain and outrage that Orlando has seared into our collective soul. In this time of grief, reading it felt like swallowing a burning piece of coal. Continue reading “What to do when Catholic Bishops offer an insincere statement on Orlando”

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I know Omar Mateen

I know Omar Mateen

I know Omar Mateen. I have seen him before.

He was that classmate who constantly joked that I am into kissing boys, who sniggered behind my back and called me gay. First to push me in the school hallway, first to throw a punch when I was already down.

He was the father who never hesitated to teach his son that liking boys is wrong, after beating him senselessly for being too sissy, for being too weak. Continue reading “I know Omar Mateen”