Conform to the teachings of the church? How about conform to the teachings of Christ? Now that is a radical idea.
Colin Collette, as a minister of the Catholic Church, has educated himself in and conformed to the teachings of Christ and has passed that on to all parishioners at Holy Family. I have never heard him bring up his personal life in church or in classes that he taught. Christ never brought up the issue of homosexuality in the New Testament and the Old Testament references the subject a handful of times that have nothing to do with a monogamous relationship.
In fact, if you lift all Jesus' quotes from the Bible, His message was love and acceptance of everyone. The only people mentioned in the New Testament that Christ mocked a little from time to time were the Pharisees. You know, the rule makers who told everyone else how to live their lives. Sound familiar?
I'm reminded of a reflection at church a few years ago given by a dad of a Down syndrome little girl on Father's Day. After he spoke of the beauty and blessing of his daughter, he said, "God doesn't make mistakes."
I have witnessed the blessing and beauty of Colin and how he brings people to Christ. How he works tireless hours to make the liturgy so creatively artistic and gets teens to become involved in their faith. People actually found a home in. Holy Family in no small part because of Colin Collette. No, God doesn't make mistakes, but somehow we have a tendency to look for mistakes in the miracles of God's creations.