|Diane Dougherty at Marriage Equality Rally in Atlanta, GA.|
As the Associated Press reported “Catholic Bishops Scrap Welcome to Gays”, going on to say they failed to approve an even watered down section on ministry to homosexuals….I, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, attended a rally at the City Hall in Atlanta in support of Marriage Equality. You might ask why I would act in opposition to the hierarchy, especially as a priest? Our community, Roman Catholic Women Priests, and most Catholics, do not hold the beliefs of the hierarchy and understand our sons and daughters are born whole and are made in the image of God. They are truly God’s children and when the church hierarchy and civil authorities act against them, it is a violation of a God.
I went to this rally because of the love shared with many beautiful LGBT friends who have enjoyed long term relationships. I believe they should have the right to be civilly married and have all of the benefits society offers. I went in support of the beloved people of First Metropolitan Community Church, who have given me a home from which I can minister as an ordained woman. I went in support of all people who are denied human rights. Each person who steps out in love moves closer into the heart of a God of love. As Roman Catholic Woman Priest…..we step out toward love and with open arms, embrace all who wish to grow together. We step out to recreate a Catholic church of full inclusion-one that embraces love and its people without exceptions.
Reverend Diane Dougherty, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org