I read the recent remarks made by Cardinal Bertone and it made my skin crawl. I have the elements of the cardinal’s sinister message covered — my mother was a Catholic nun, I am a gay dad, I have a child attending a Catholic school.
So I asked my mum if she wanted to write this week’s piece given her view about all this nonsense is far more potent perhaps than mine. The whole thing is sad really. If we really want equality one day, then Cardinal Bertone and the Vatican need to say sorry and ask us for forgiveness.  And thank you, Mum, for the lovely words to describe an awful situation:
I am a Catholic and once dedicated a good many years of my life to working in the community as a Catholic nun. Over the past 20 years I worked with abused children and their families.
I am appalled at the comments I have read from the representative of the Vatican.
Cardinal Bertone’s comments are truly unbelievable and undignified. How small-minded! How conceited is he that he would find it easier to blame the gay community rather than arm himself with facts. Singling out a particular group to blame is offensive, unwarranted and a waste of time.
Rather than fuel a fire it is time for the Church to take a stand to protect the rights of children and encourage respect for each other.
Our son blessed my husband and I with two beautiful grandsons and his sisters with two nephews. Then he announced to the family that he was gay. Well — so be it — this was to be his lifestyle. We believe in tolerance and love. We believe in our son and his values. To our family, blame is undignified and offensive.
Has the Vatican forgotten the thousands of ‘good Catholics’ who have gay children — or do they think that Catholics are exempt? Heaven forbid!
Don’t allow the comments of a narrow-minded society to destroy belief in yourself.
Have the courage of your convictions. You will reign supreme. God bless.

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