by Donna Acquaviva
Three years ago, I wrote an op-ed piece about the issues I have with the Roman Catholic Church. My pastor and many fellow parishioners supported that piece, and some said, “You wrote what we’re all thinking.” The issues, of course, will be no surprise. They included birth control, equality for gays, women’s ordination, optional celibacy and, last but far from least, pedophilia.
I did lose one friend because she felt I shouldn’t have washed the church’s dirty laundry in a public forum like The Roanoke Times. I deeply regret the loss — but not the piece. Dirty laundry calls for a good scrubbing. And if it is dirtied publicly, it should be scrubbed publicly.
Acquaviva lives, writes and worships in Roanoke County, where she is a member of the Companions of Francis and Clare Secular Franciscan Order.