Friday, November 13, 2009

Heretic Tom Comes Out: One More Time!

      The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has taken the marriage equality debate to a new low.  If the D.C. Council passes their proposed same sex marriage law, then the archdiocese will withhold its social services from Washington's poor, in protest.  Don't believe the church would stoop this low?  Here's the article in The Washington Post.

     This despicable posturing is blackmail.  If the church can't get its way, it will punish the city by taking it out on the poor.  Sounds horrendous and shocking, but looking at the church's scriptural tradition, there is  precedence for such a transference of punishment onto the poor and vulnerable.    Here a just a few examples: the psychological torture of the boy Isaac; the old testament ban (when invading, kill not only the enemy's soldiers, but also the helpless women, children, and animals); the killing of the Egyptian's firstborn; god taking out the parents' sin on their unborn childJephthah's virgin daughter's blood; god killing Job's children; and the ultimate killing of the innocent Messiah on the cross

     I went to seminary in Baltimore, MD.  I was "formed" into a priest by the Society of St. Sulpice that operates the seminaries in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.  I know many priests in these archdioceses that are closeted gays.  I can no longer be silent and anonymous in this fight for gay civil rights.

     Heretic Tom is Tom Rastrelli, graduate of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD, and former priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA.  

     I have a story to tell.  It is a story of how the Catholic church, and other religious institutions, preach hate, fear, and shame.  Not love.

     "The Gospel According to Hate," will no longer be a forty day and forty night experiment in exploration and catharsis of my hatred.  In looking deep within my own anger, my own hatred, I have found that nearly all of it is stoked by religious institutions and their hypocritical actions.  This site will continue on, as a forum that exposes the hateful and hypocritical actions and teachings of religious institutions and the people that support them.

    I am here: a voice crying out in the darkness that is "The Gospel According to Hate."

Out of the Desert

The forty days in the desert of hate have come to pass.

It's time to celebrate.

Tell someone that you love them today.

All you need is love!