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Prayer

Many folks are beginning to say that they will pray for me to repent and realize the error in my ways.

I, too, am praying for them to realize that this stance is NOT an attack on them or their church.  It is about trying to make us all a little bit better.  And who knows, I may be wrong in God’s eyes.  I have no idea what God thinks.  I just try to live my life in a way that doesn’t harm anyone.  And I realize all of these other folks feel the same way about their lives.  I respect that.

But my conscience tells me that I am not doing anything wrong.

Between the two camps of prayer, I fully expect that we will find God in the middle.

16 thoughts on “Prayer”

  1. Mike, I am so proud of you on so many levels that it isn’t even funny. You are so humble and faithful and devoted and intelligent and marvelous. And you are walking the walk of Christ…not as a gallant ambassador of minority rights or as a radical defending his position with vitriolic comments left and right. But as a gentleman, a servant of God, one who has faith in what he believes, on all fronts.
    Peace be with you, brother.
    Peace be with you.

  2. I can’t tell you how much your love and understanding for your students has meant to me in the short time my daughter has been at Purcell. I wish there were a way for you to continue your role there. You “get” the students in a way that few adults do, and they look up to you so much! This is why you know you are making the correct decision. If you compromised your beliefs, you would not be the man they know you to be, nor would you be able to stand up as an example. As hard as it may be to lose your daily presence in their lives, you are teaching them something truly important. The kids are smart enough to see bullying for what it is, and I thank you for standing up for what is right and showing them what. “Love thy neighbor” actually means.

  3. My son, Jacob, is currently a student at Purcell Marian and my older son is a 2010 grad. I can honestly say that you have done great things for the school. I understand that there is some controversy right now and I will pray that you find the path that is best for you and through it peace. It may not be an easy road, but sometimes easy isn’t what is right. Thank you, from my heart, for being a role model for my son and for showing the students of Purcell what a good conscience looks like. Bless you.

  4. Hey Mr. Moroski. I’m sorry to hear what’s happened. I’m not a person of faith for many reasons much like you are a person of faith for multitudes of reasons. Despite my non-belief you have always stood out to me as what I picture Catholics and Christians as a whole mean when they say to be more like jesus. You have been an example of not only what it means to be catholic but what it means to be human. Even if you don’t wind up back at Purcell I know whatever you move onto will be yet another way for you to be an example to humanity.

    Hope you are well,

    Dustin Joosten

  5. My son Ian is presently a freshman at Purcell Marian, and when I attended the Parent’s Night at the start of the year, I knew after meeting you and hearing you speak to the parents that we’d made the right decision in choosing Purcell. We pray that you will be reinstated back into your position. You are the example of love and tolerance that the students need to see and to realize that there is room for diversity and differing opinions among Catholics. Nobody really knows what God thinks, but it’s clear he wants us to show love and compassion rather than hatred in the name of religion. The student body and parents of Purcell Marian are extremely saddened by this recent turn of events and hope that the Archdiocese will reconsider their position. Regardless of the outcome, know that your example has taught a valuable lesson to the students whose lives you have touched, and pray that the culture of acceptance will continue at Purcell Marian.

  6. Hello Mr Moroski, I read your story and your blog posts this morning. I thought I would just jump on to say that I am sure that there are many Catholics around the world including myself in the UK who have come to the same conclusion as you on gay marriage. I will be praying for you, not to repent or to change your decision but for the strength and wisdom to face the challenges ahead.

    Good luck and may God bless you.

  7. Hi Mike!
    I’m so thrilled by your stand! If people truly learn the bible and biblical history, they will discover they are wrong on the homosexuality issue. I no longer consider myself a christian, though I know the bible very well, and much biblical history. Here’s an email letter I recently sent to the Boy Scouts of America:

    I am MORTIFIED, and you can be sure that my kids will never be in scouting again, as I will not subject my kids to the hate and fear-mongering and lies being projected by this organization. Let me educate you:
    1. sexual orientation is not against the bible. the scripture-translation that people use to degrade homosexuality is actually disputed by biblical scholars. “The actual hebrew word used is TO’EBAH. It doesn’t mean the same thing as abomination does in English — it isn’t a law, it’s used to describe something that non-Jews did that Jews thought was displeasing to God. It means ritually improper, not abomination. It isn’t a quote from God, it isn’t his law or his rules, it is what a bunch of people way back decided might probably not be cool in God’s eyes. TO’EBAH doesn’t refer to things like rape, or murder being evil, or the ten commandments — not cold hard law, but closer to “you should probably wash your dishes before they get moldy.””

    2.The part of the creation story most used to justify homophobia seems to be the part about it being “natural” for man and woman to come together and make babies. That apparently passes for justification — God says make babies, and gay couples can’t do it, therefore, they are unnatural right? Well. What about couples that are infertile? Are they unnatural? What about people who simply choose not to have kids? Are they unnatural?

    3.”Romans 1:26-27 has also been used to justify homophobia. Just for clarification, it was written by Paul, and is not the direct word of Jesus or God. Now, the word “unnatural” is used here again in reference to sexuality. To really understand the context of this word, you have to take into account what Paul was doing at the time — he was writing a letter to Rome after being a missionary to the Mediterranean where he saw a bunch of pagan temples with a bunch of really weird habits.”

    when Paul was busy preaching the word of God to all these pagans back then, he saw that they had some really weird sexual habits. Like castration and humping children and bestiality in an attempt to please the gods of love and sex-that is what he meant by unnatural.”

    4. As for the last places homosexuality is mentioned anywhere in the bible (1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10), it comes down to the mistranslation of a word no one really knows the meaning of. It’s an old greek word “Arsenokoitai.” Personally, I think it sounds like a cocktail. It wasn’t until 1958 when some dude just randomly decided with no basis whatsoever that it meant gay people. Seriously. We are talking Greek scholars who study old Greek for a living throwing their hands up and going “I have no idea what it means, maybe it’s a typo?” and some random dude decides it means gay people. Since the true meaning of the word is unknown, it becomes obvious that someone was inserting their own bias into the bible.

    5.If Paul had meant homosexuality as it was known in those times, he would have used the word paiderasste, which means pederasty — those of us with critical thinking skills recognize the difference. Homosexuality, as we know it, did not exist in those times. There were no loving, committed relationships between two men or two women — at least not publicly. Instead, people engaged in pederasty. since the armies were forbidden from marrying, it was common for soldiers to have a servant, a male youth, with whom they often had sexual relationships. Furthermore, The story of the faithful centurion, told in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10, is about a Roman centurion who comes to Jesus and begs that Jesus heal his pais, a word sometimes translated as “servant.” Christ agreed; he praised the faith of the centurion, and the pais was healed.

    But pais does not mean “servant.” It means “lover.” In Thucydides, in Plutarch, in countless Greek sources, and according to leading Greek scholar Kenneth Dover, pais refers to the junior partner in a same-sex relationship. Now, this is not exactly a marriage of equals. An erastes-pais relationship generally consisted of a somewhat older man, usually a soldier between the ages of 18 and 30, and a younger adolescent, usually between the ages of 13 and 18. Sometimes that adolescent was a slave, as seems to be the case here. It would be inappropriate, in my view, to use the word “gay” to describe such a relationship; that word, and its many connotations, comes from our time, not that of Ancient Greece and Rome. This is not a relationship that any LGBT activist would want to promote today.
    However, it is a same-sex relationship nonetheless. Jesus’s response? He recognizes the relationship and performs an act of grace. , this is a radical act. Jesus is extending his hand not only to the centurion but to his partner, as well. In addition to Jesus’ silence on homosexuality in general (he never mentions same-sex intimacy, not once, despite its prevalence in his social context), it speaks volumes that he did not hesitate to heal a Roman’s likely same-sex lover.

    “It is nothing short of distressing that so many people have been misled into believing that God hates people because of their sexual orientations. Especially sad is the fact that the arsenokoitai mistranslation actually comes from the letters Paul was writing in an attempt to get Christians in Ephesus and Corinth to stop bickering — this letter of unity, has been corrupted and turn into a message of hate by unscrupulous bigots who have made a business off of manipulating people, turning them into a personal army in an attempt to satiate someone’s greed.”
    We are told to love all and not judge. By saying homosexuality is immoral, you are passing judgment. We are taught to be good people. Our relationship with God, or any other deity, is personal, and so is our morality. Meaning, YOU should NOT impose YOUR morality on others.

    “you know teachings by the fruits it bears. Anti-gay teachings bear no fruit but hatred and harm to others – you see this in how GLBT individuals are routinely demonized. And wrapping your hate in a “highest form of love” is kinda like wrapping fecal matter in gold leaf. It is still crap at its core.” -Christopher Barton

    On her radio show, Dr. Laura said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Schlesinger, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as quite informative:

    Dear Dr. Laura:

    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
    4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?
    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.
    Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
    P.S. (It would be a damn shame if we couldn’t own a Canadian

    Now, as I think about it-ALL of our American service members are violating biblical law by having their hair cut short and we need to petition the gov’t RIGHT NOW to have that corrected….

    sincerely,
    Reverend Renee L. Ten Eyck

    good sources of information for those of you who TRULY do not know the bible or biblical history:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-michaelson/when-jesus-healed-a-same-sex-partner_b_1743947.html
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/07/27/why-being-gay-isnt-against-the-bible/

  8. I am not a religious person (though not atheist),but am appalled that anyone sees a homosexual’s refusal to remain celibate in a better light than an alcoholic’s refusal to remain sober.When the first thing people want to hear is the last thing they need to hear and vice versa,step up to the thankless task of offering needed but resented correction rather than take the easy path of soothing misguided desire.Neither the cause nor mutability of the desire is relevant to the propriety of its fulfillment.

  9. I AS A CATHOLIC AM SUPPOSED TO BE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE… HOWEVER I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH GAY MARRIAGE AND PROUDLY SUPPORT IT… I SEE NO ERROR IN YOUR WAYS NOR SHOULD YOU HAVE TO REPENT… OUR GOD IS AN UNDERSTANDING AND FORGIVING GOD, IF WE ARE WRONG THERE IS A HECK OF LOT OF OTHERS WRONG…ie EXTRA-MARITAL SEX, PRIEST DOING THINGS TO SERVERS AND OTHERS… JUST TO NAME A FEW…. MIKE, MY SON KRISTIAN LOVES YOU AND RESPECTS YOU AND MY FAMILY AND I STAND WITH YOU ON THIS MATTER….

  10. Thank you, Mike! I read the article in the Enquirer this morning. While I am saddened about the loss of your job that appears to mean so much to you and your students, I am so very grateful that you are standing strong in your beliefs. My faith in God is what guides my life as a heterosexual, married women, just as it guides my brother’s life and his partners. God created him gay, just as he created me straight. We were both raised the same way in a loving, Christian family. My entire family is patiently waiting for the day that God can bless my brother’s marriage just as he did mine. It’s people like you that are willing to stand up for ALL God’s children that give us hope for the future.
    God’s peace! I’ll be praying for you and your family!

  11. Thank you, Mike! I read the article in the Enquirer this morning. While I am saddened about the loss of your job that appears to mean so much to you and your students, I am so very grateful that you are standing strong in your beliefs. My faith in God is what guides my life as a heterosexual, married women, just as it guides my brother’s life and his partners. God created him gay, just as he created me straight. We were both raised the same way in a loving, Christian family. My entire family is patiently waiting for the day that God can bless my brother’s marriage just as he did mine. It’s people like you that are willing to stand up for ALL God’s children that give us hope for the future.
    God’s peace! I’ll be praying for you and your family!

  12. You say you don’t know what God thinks. Well, take a peek at Matthew 18: “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    It’s pretty clear that Christ gave the Church his authority.

  13. John Drake. Take a peak at a passage that you are quoting. Christ gives that authority to all of the disciples … ALL of them. Incidentally you might want to look at the beginning of the chapter v6. But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea. Careful – if you quote scripture to make a point that you understand the entire context.

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