I had a profound religious experience this year. Last spring, I wrote to Pope Benedict, inviting him to come to Montreal to partake in Divers/Cité, an event which “celebrates the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the people of our city and country.” (It also happens to be Montreal’s official gay pride event.)
I went on: “I know you must be terribly busy, but I would like to invite you to our wonderful celebrations.”
Given the Vatican’s strict stance on same-sex marriage and various other gay-related issues, I figured I wouldn’t hear back from His Holiness.
But I guess things are really loosening up over in V-town. Lo and behold, I received a lovely letter from one of his minions. On official Vatican letterhead, Monsignor Peter Wells wrote “The Holy Father has received your letter and he has asked me to thank you for your kind invitation… His Holiness will remember you in his prayers. Invoking upon you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ, he sends his blessing.”
Can you believe it? This has been a year that has revealed another side to the Pope. He endorses condom use (in certain cases) and now blesses gay pride events. Thank you, Your Holiness, and Happy Christmas to you!