I was dismayed to read the article on Wednesday "Email offers priests ‘considerations’ to prevent ‘scandal’," about how the archdiocese plans to handle funeral rites for gays and lesbians.

The words of the email, written by Bishop Robert Morlino's top aide, are shocking, disgusting and hateful. It is no wonder that so many of us are "recovering and recovered" Catholics in the midst of his perfectly envisioned world, where Christians don't need to think, but only need to follow the rules.

These proclamations have nothing to do with love or caring for others and nothing to do with Jesus' teachings, which one would think spiritual leaders would consider when making these outlandish rulings. Sexual orientation is not chosen, is neither a sickness nor a sin, and the pain that has been heaped, for generations, on those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, have finally eased. Except for this, which would be laughable if it weren't so, so sad.

I hope we see a backlash of priests and parishioners who know better, and have the courage to take a stand to live out their faith in love.

Mary Fiore, Madison