Now, to the reason for my change of mind.
It is Lent. You know, Christian season for fasting and repentance and things like that. I usually know it because my lover tells me. He is into religion. I am not into it. My only concern is that he cannot (so we do not) eat meats on Friday during Lent. That is the extent of my observation of the season. Of course I do not go work on Easter. Stay in bed and sleep.
He is Catholic, and he does believe.
But he is also gay and Ugandan.
Last night he told me that he had got a priest that he could talk to. I listened, wondering why he was telling me.
Then he told me that he was going to talk to the priest about his sexuality. And he was asking me for permission.
I asked him why he thinks he has to ask me for permission. A shrug was the response.
I have not had a ‘catholic’ upbringing. He has. I know the issues of ‘confession’ and ‘counselling’. Frankly, they sound weird to me. And uncomfortable.
A few years back, my lover told me he wanted to go for confession. Telling a priest about us. I was well and truly horrified. Very uncomfortable. I campaigned for him not to, and he did not.
But he has a need for it.
We do not discuss religion. Ago, I was a deep sceptic, and hostile. That rubbed off onto him. But I cannot deny him his right to faith, and his right to believe. We do not talk about religion, but many are the times he used to leave me in bed to go to
I may not believe, but I do believe in his right to faith.
I have made my peace with that, to my content. He has not. He believes, and believes deeply.
So, he has made an appointment, after years of putting it off. He is going to talk to a priest about his sexuality. Tell him that he is gay, and that he is living with a man.
Do I have a reason to be worried?
Sincerely, I do not know. I cannot understand the need. Though I accept that he wants to.
Told him that if he is counselled to break up with me, I will visit the priest with an axe and the intent to use it. He tells me not to worry.
But as he so frequently tells me, only one who is not concerned puts aside concern. So, I am –anxiously waiting for the results of the appointment with the priest.