I am publishing this controversial poem today for two reasons. First it is released ahead of this week’s unprecedented address before the Pope on the 24th by a gay Catholic to the World Meeting of Families convention in Philadelphia, USA. Though the speaker Ron Belgau himself elects for celibacy, as conservative Catholics believe no one is born gay and so should not identify as such but rather seek cure (the position of most conservative Protestants) they are opposed to the convention. Likewise liberal Catholics who think eros has some rights to expression. Obviously the would-be generous Pope still wants to uphold tradition. But the reality is the tradition to which conservatives are attached is not nearly as scriptural as imagined, not least as regards how people are born. No poem could fully cover all the points I make or try to suggest as a theologian writing some considerably didactic poetry, but the notes below will be some guide. (In absence of an accompanying essay some notes are offered more like suggestions to further inquiry and conversations).
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