When I posted the following last year I purposely chose Gay Pride week in Chicago. I also purposely did not mention “gay” anywhere. I would rather let everyone decide which part of themselves they were most proud of being, and hope they could see everyone wants to have pride. Also, to be proud of one thing in your life is not license to hate all of the other groups in your community. Diversity is our strength, not our weakness. Also note, at the time of this writing Benedict XVI was Pope.
Everyone wants to feel like they belong, and they want to feel proud. One of the neighborhoods where I grew up was very Irish American. Indeed our parish was run by an Irish American bishop and there were always priests of Irish descent there. The Irish friends and families we knew seemed to enjoy life so much and were so proud of their…
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