Pastoral Care Week on October, 2023: When can visit a church?
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Yes! Most church's do planning, administrative, and pastoral care work during the week. Call a large church, and I am sure you will be able to talk to somebody! You don't have to call, though. Just walk into the office and tell them what you told us.
Pastoral Marriage Counseling?
Dear momma snell,
You said you are at a standstill in your marriage so why don't you just go and see? Who care's about the cost if it will help! Don't be so reluctant after all he (your husband) is reaching out for help. GOOD LUCK!
Should Care homes discourage Christian workers who oppose gay rights?
There needs to be a balance between the rights of gay people to be free and open and the rights of religiously owned institutions (who must be licensed by the government in order to operate).
I think I experienced such a balance when my lover was dying of cancer. He was hospitalized in a Catholic hospital, and we all know the official Catholic position on gays. Nevertheless, we were treated with full dignitity and I was given full access to him, any time day or night, 7 days a week.
When he died, I was there with him and when the pastoral care nun came to me, she hadn't been briefed on our relationship so she didn't know who he was to me. She asked me if he was my brother.
I said, "No, Sister, he is my lover."
She responded, "OH! A very special friend."
So the Catholic church kept its beliefs and yet treated us with full dignity, respect, and dignity.
I think that was a good balance.
EDIT: flesh asks, "Isn't this disorder still in the DSM?" The answer is, "No, not since the early 1970's"