"What did happen is precisely what the Catholic Church wanted to happen – I denied who I was to myself, everyone else, and to God.  That took an immeasurable toll on my life, and still does.

Because if you deny truth to God, that’s the biggest sin of all.  Sin of that nature is powerful.  So powerful, it will destroy whoever succumbs to it.   The Closet is not holy, it is not truth, it is not God’s intention, it is the flimsy work of man in service to a lie, and nothing built on lies lasts forever.  That includes a sitting pope who is standing at the door of The Closet with the keys he claims Christ handed him to keep it shut," - Tim Russo.

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