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Dear Pope Francis,

Posted on November 1, 2014 at 9:05 AM

with great concern I followed what was going on at the Bishop’s synod. In short: I was both shocked and deceived – by what happened and by what did not happen. By the way it was handled and also by your inactivity which caused even more confusion among the flock than ever before.

I say that because I love you as a father – and with you the Holy Catholic Church.

No doubt you had the best intentions, but as the saying goes: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

First, it does not make sense to publish an interim report during the conference when nothing is finally discussed and decided upon yet. All this does is leave the flock of believers confused and without direction. Many twisted what was in there for their own destruction.

But most of all you failed as a leader and shepherd. You are called to lead and guide the Church like Peter did. That includes to take over and make a stand when things are getting out of control and clarification is needed. You refused to – probably because you felt you need to let the bishops and the believers have their way – whatever it was and wherever it lead. This, however, only displays a complete lack and failure of leadership when it was most needed. Many asked you to take a stand for biblical Catholic teaching. People were looking up to the shepherd when the sheep were running around without direction in complete confusion. You did not.

I am a nobody – and yet, in God’s eyes I am somebody. As such I rebuke you like Paul rebuked Peter.

It is one thing to hug children and handicapped people. Nothing wrong with that. It is a beautiful sign for what Christ’s love is all about. It is also important to leave a luxurious lifestyle and go back to our simple roots – detached from worldly richness.

However, when grace abounds and does not find its equal counterpart in truth, it soon becomes superstition without any substance. You might be a “good person” in some people’s eyes and the media will certainly love you for the great pictures you give them, but a “good person” is not necessarily a Christian. Sometimes we are called to do things which others dislike very much – for their own good.

I had lived a “gay” life myself for many years until the Lord pulled me out of the mud over ten years ago through a Christian organization called “Homosexuals Anonymous” that I meanwhile have the honor to lead. My life changed completely for the better in many different areas and I found new meaning and purpose in following Jesus Christ. As such, I want to point out that again our voice was not heard at the synod and our mere existence seems still not to be acknowledged by the Church. People talk about same-sex attractions without having a clue of what that means for those who experience that way. At worst, they seek advice from people who are embracing a “gay” life.

Again, we are asking you – and the whole Church – to open your doors for us and to do your job as shepherd and Christians. Organizations like Homosexuals Anonymous actually need not exist if the Church and their shepherds did what they are supposed to do.

We offer help and hope that now – after what had happened at the synod – you are finally open to accept it.

May the Lord continue to bless you richly, Holy Father.

Your brother

Robert

 

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