My friends say that I am a man on fire. Yes, it’s true. I am angry when the “religion of love” known to me as a cradle-Catholic gets turned into a “religion of hate.”
First and foremost, however, I am angry at the indifference and cowardice that kept me silent for over twenty-five years while I was being honored as one of the best and brightest teachers at The Athenaeum of Ohio. I knew, from personal experiences, that the teaching of my church regarding homosexuality was a distorted and cruel doctrine. But I also knew that no one who openly challenged Cardinal Ratzinger's doctrine of homosexuality could survive as a pastor or as a theologian.
Homophobia is a social disease that has been widely exposed and eradicated during the last fifty years. Within conservative churches, however, there is an addiction to homophobia that twists and turns in the guts of the most devout worshipers. As an instance of this, the American Catholic bishops triumphantly declared that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of "same-sex marriages" did not change their minds and that "God's law trumps human law."
In my home town in the USA, teachers in private schools are fired for supporting youths who come out as gays or lesbians. Lesbian couples in my parish who are active contributors to lay ministry live in fear that their pastor will find out and their ministries and/or their right to take Holy Communion would be withdrawn. A gay Catholic suffering a heart attack was denied the last rites by a self-righteous hospital chaplain because he "refused to repent of his lifelong homosexuality."
So my final and dangerous calling has been to create a book and a website=http://www.jesus4lesbians.com/ that allows Catholics and Christians of all denominations to gain a close and personal look at the dreadful and unmerited suffering that continues to be imposed upon anyone supporting same-sex marriages.
The truth shall make you free,
Prof. Aaron Milavec, STB, Th.D.
Brief summary of my five chapters