USCCB 'ministers' to people with homosexual 'inclination's. Don't they mean sexual orientation? I saw an add years ago about a lgbt Catholic conference for a book entitled 'Sons of Eve'. I hate to think what that is about. If a gay person wants to be Catholic they can be one outside of the church or start their own branch of Catholicism. They don't need to be in a homophobic church where they are denied the opportunity to be in a loving , committed romantically and sexually active relationship with a same-gendered partner which they have the right to form and the same goes for transgendered people who should be able to get a gender reassignment change done.
Brandi Amari Williams
Exactly, Brandi. There was also a RC service in London that ministered to the LGBT community and friends, but was shut down earlier this year because it was sending the 'wrong' message.
Your 'own branch' already exists, interestingly. The Reformed Catholic Church exists over here in the UK (and I think Europe to some degree, maybe further afield). Its (one of its?) archbishop is a openly gay, female, queer theologian.
The homophobia. however, is not just a Catholic preoccupation. It also exists through a great many evangelical churches, too. The trouble is that only the RC church presents an apparently unified front.
The 'lacking faith' thing, which is real, is nastily condemnatory.
The 'positive thought' thing may well be true. If I remember my experiments from busines studies correctly, factory workers improved productivity when played different music, classical I think, which was heralded as a breakthrough. A following study then found that productivity was also improved when the workers were _told_ they were going to have a different mix, but weren't. It seems that it was just the being thought about that worked.
And that may well be the issue with the so-called 'justifications that prayer works' experiments - knowing you are being thought about may give a significant psychological boost.
ha ha pot meet kettle. Now that's rich.