From The Anchoress:
"...Rice’s angry frustration with what she (and, let’s face it, many others) perceive to be a sort of Institution of No is interesting. She refuses to be 'anti-gay,' but the church teaches that indeed we must not be anti-gay, that homosexual inclinations are not sinful in themselves, but that all are called to chastity, whether gay or straight.Read the full post HERE.
"So, what she is refusing is not so much church teaching, which she incorrectly represents, but the worldly distortion of church teaching both as it is misunderstood and too-often practiced. I do not know how anyone could read the USCCB’s pastoral letter, Always Our Children and then make a credible argument that the church is 'anti-gay.'
"But then, I do not know how anyone can read Humanae Vitae and credibly call the church anti-feminist or anti-humanist.
"I do not know how anyone can read Pope John Paul II’s exhaustive teachings on the Theology of the Body and credibly declare the church to be reactionary on issues of sexuality or womanhood.
"I do not know how anyone can read Gaudium et Spes and credibly argue that the church is out of touch with the Human Person or Society.
"I do not know how anyone can read Fides et ratio and credibly argue that the church does not hold human reason in esteem.
"I do not know how anyone can look at the Vatican supporting and funding Stem Cell Research, or the even the briefest list of religiously-inclined scientists and researchers and credibly argue that Christianity is 'anti-science.'
"Anne Rice wants to do the Life-in-Christ on her own, while saying 'Yes' to the worldly world and its values. She seems not to realize that far from being an Institution of No, the church is a giant and eternal urging toward 'Yes,', that being a 'yes' toward God–whose ways are not our ways, and who draws all to Himself, in the fullness of time–rather than a 'yes' to ourselves.
"Unfortunately, we Christians teach this poorly and generally make too many excuses for our failings. Too many of us go out into the world seeking to confront and 'fix' others, when the key to the Christian life begins with confronting and 'fixing' the self. This can only be done through grace, which enters upon the Yes, and moves and grows on the intentional breeze of Willingness, because that is the only thing that counts, our intentions and our willingness; 'worthiness' does not enter in."