The 6 most-read U.S. Catholic articles of 2015
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All of us are pushed in a thousand directions over the course of a single day. Spouses, children, parents, work, friends—it can be hard to find the time for daily maintenance, much less the mental space to practice any kind of spirituality.
We are all sinners. However, the phrase "living in sin" has traditionally been applied to couples who live together without being validly married. It is time to recognize the reality that holiness and sin coexist in the life of every human person and in every human relationship.
"If I say, 'I'm a Catholic, but I really want to see space for gay people to worship as full members of the community,' then they'll say, 'You're a bad Catholic.' They're not even Catholics themselves, but they're happy to exile me from my own tradition. At that point, I stop behaving as the Catholic they need me to be."
When the ordained come across as somehow superior to their parishioners and people they encounter, the playing field is tilted. This kind of disconnect can be fatal to a priest's efforts to build a sense of community in his parish.