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With an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the Catholic Church has a tremendous following and moral responsibility. The doctrine and practices of the Church are rooted in scripture and history.The Catholic Church is unquestionably powerful,MoreWith an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, the Catholic Church has a tremendous following and moral responsibility. The doctrine and practices of the Church are rooted in scripture and history.The Catholic Church is unquestionably powerful, influential, and has a record of both good works and acts contrary to the message of the Gospel.For gay Catholics, being gay and part of the Catholic Church can be a tremendous cross to bear. The Church accepts the fact that homosexuality exists but then turns around and commands the gay Catholic to live a life like a celibate monk. All the while, the Church continues to teach and implement policies that cause direct psychological, emotional, and spiritual harm to millions of gay Catholics around the world. This harm manifests itself by spiritually torturing the young gay Catholic into thinking that there is a choice between accepting himself and receiving God’s love. This false dichotomy causes irreparable damage to young gays resulting in turmoil, confusion, in some cases, suicide. The Church’s mission to spread the Gospel of Christ cannot be compatible with a doctrine that is antigay and diminishes the value of gay people.Written from the author’s own experience of growing up Catholic, struggling to accept his own sexuality, and teaching in a Catholic high school for several years, A Cross to Bear No More is a call to action for the faithful to push the Church to make a historical change to its doctrine in regards to gays. Far from playing the game of mixed messages of approval, the Church must adopt a central idea as it related to gay people: gays are good, part of God’s plan, and are part of the Catholic Church.Far too many gay Catholics have suffered and continue to suffer due to the intransigent antigay orthodoxy of the Catholic Church. Men and women of faith must band together to propel the Church to accept the truth about gays. By understanding the emotional, psychological, and spiritual damage so many gays (including) myself have endured, Catholics will be able to see how incompatible the Church’s antigay doctrine is with the true message of Jesus Christ.