A Disputation of the Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church Concerning Homosexual Persons

Canto VII: Of Dying Conversation
March 6, 2007
All Who Believe
March 12, 2007

To His Most Holy Father, Bishop of Rome
Pope Benedict XVI

A member of the Holy Catholic Church,
A student of theology,
And believer in the Almighty God: Father, Son, and Spirit,
William Thomas More

Set forth in observation of and argument against the testament of the Church at Rome, being the universal Church set forth by Christ himself, bequeathed to Peter, first Bishop of Rome, from whom His Holiness is descended:

1. That the Church of Christ has granted itself authority to establish a Catechism; whereby the members are called to be dutiful and faithful followers of this Catechism in the common life which they everyday live;
2. That the members of Christ’s Church are furthermore called to disseminate the Catechism to those who are ignorant of it, or to those who have misconstrued it;
3. All members of the Church are members of the body of Christ, being therefore elemental to the establishment of a Catechism;
4. That few among the many believers are called to contribute to and inform the Church’s catechetical teachings, being neither ranked within the hierarchy of the Holy Catholic Church, nor educated to such a degree as satisfies His Holiness, nor the cardinals whom you lead, nor the bishops thereunder, nor the priests and deacons under them (there being few notable exceptions);
5. That the life which the members of the body of Christ lead, being necessary to the Christian whole, has been seen as an external participant in the development of Church teaching;
6. That this Catechism which is preached and promulgated in all dioceses across the vast reaches of the Holy Catholic Church does, in many instances, conflict with the spiritual understanding and contribution of the Church’s members;
7. If the Catechism is to stand for the person of Christ in Word, then it is fitting His body should account for its substance;
8. While the Church, His Holiness at its head, has affirmed the people of God as the person of Christ in the Church, it has since become the separation of the self-righteous shepherds and the neglected flock;
9. The Bishop of Rome is responsible in his office to the body of Christ, being one of its many members, chosen to lead according to the charisms he has been given by God;
10. That the charge of his office is nothing less, nor more than the institution of Divine will on this earth;
11. That the will of God is not imbued in one man alone, His Holiness included, but can only be known through the mutual and conglomerate consideration of God’s people;
12. Therefore, it is unfitting that the Catechism of this Church should remain in the hands of a few, His Holiness first among them, but should rather be altered according to the cooperative spirit of the members of Christ’s Church;
13. It is therefore unfitting for the Church to profess in its Catechism, without consideration for what Godly endowments may duly justify them, that those who practice homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered;
14. That all members of Christ’s body ought be aware that God’s Holy Church, instituted in His name under the purview of St. Peter the Great, professes such doctrine of exclusion;
15. Furthermore, the doctrinal leaders of the Church are unaware of what inclines a person of God to be, in their full person, a homosexual; that this is pronounced in the holy Catechism which His Holiness has assented to;
16. That the person of Christ, being the many faithful of God, have not consented to this teaching;
17. It is therefore outside the judgment of those in the Holy See, or of the Church’s many ministers, to condemn such as are attracted to the same sex;
18. Paul, first minister of the Church at Corinth, Ephesia, and Philippi, doctor of the faith, and profound convert to Christianity, is a chief source of theology and spiritual guidance for the Catholic Church, from its inception to its present day;
19. That, as Paul has written with the grace of God and the blessing of the risen Christ, “Faith, hope and love” are the three highest gifts of God, the greatest among them being Love;
20. That if a man should, in genuine heart and unmitigated spirit, love another man, or a woman love a woman in such a way as history has known men to love women, then it is a blessing of God;
21. For no man knows the heart of another man fully, nor a woman of a woman; therefore, let God judge and Christ condemn;
22. That the sanction of the Church is not always the sanction of God, whatsoever be the name invoked upon its proclamations;
23. That men are fallible, in all their states, and must be aware of their blindness as concerns the truth of God;
24. That His Holy Church, however graced with the guidance and blessing of Jesus Christ, is fallible, including its reverend head, His Holiness;
25. That the Catechism which men have developed for the sake of Christ’s Church is as problematic as the Holy Bible, being written in contexts unknown to its audiences, and interpretable in countless ways;
26. That the institution of the body of Christ, being the foremost guide of God’s people on earth, is to be had in the communion of the Holy Catholic Church;
27. That this communion is damaged in the alienation of certain peoples who, loving God most readily, have been denied access to His worship and community;
28. Being so cast out, these persons have taken to vilify God’s Church;
29. That the acrimony which harshly divides loving persons, yet born of God and ministers of Him, and the institute of the Church is deplorable;
30. That it has been first enunciated and practiced by the Catholic Church, the human entity instigating the collusion;
31. Christ did not discriminate when human; his apostles were many, and varied; so, too, is the Christ of today who lives in earnest as the community of all believers;
32. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that those who cast out according to exclusion and a condemnation of no warrant, are those who have become blind to the true person of Christ;
33. That all who are willing may be reconciled to Christ, through his body which is the Church in sum, and by His grace which directs the spirits and hearts of His people;
34. That among its faults, the Catholic Church has failed to embrace homosexual people, being a loved and loving faithful audience of the Gospel of Christ;
35. For Paul has pronounced love as God’s chief gift and highest grace; so then, God’s Church aught encourage it by its use, and see it multiply;
36. That all who know love, whatsoever bonds it forms in this human body: man to man, or woman to woman, be uplifted to know the blessing of Christ;
37. That His Holiness be most vigilant in the change of the Church, opening the Catechism to the members of Christ’s body, undoing its teaching of exclusion;
38. For if the members are called to be divided by us, then the teachings of Christ’s Church carry no weight; they are void;
39. So, then, let us be mindful of where the love of God lies, whether or not it is according to our own will;
40. For the will of God is what is supreme; let that be known in the sacrifice of his son, Jesus the Christ, Lord and Savior;
41. That I, one among many faithful homosexuals, call His Holiness to affect such change as is necessary to reconcile God’s people, the body of Christ;
42. That where I am called to serve in that reconciliation, I may be most loyal, most dedicated, and most persistent in the dissemination of Christ’s love.

I write this to you, Holy Father, in the Third Week of Lent, and in celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our saving Lord.

May the Grace of God be with you and all of His people;
I am humbly grateful for your indulgence and willing audience.

In the Lord’s name this 7th day of March, 2007,

William Thomas More

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