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Catholic Church’s Continued Fracturing Over LGBT Rights

As concerns mount about the health of Pope Benedict and fears grow that we may see another papal election within the next year or two, the reality of the Catholic Church’s fractured personality on a variety of subjects continues to grow more and more pressing. The Church is constantly and consistently fractured on issues ranging from homosexuality to birth control to abortion.

Here is the Rainbow Sash Movement to discuss this growing fracture within the Catholic Church:

The Rainbow Sash Movement continues to challenge the schizophrenic teaching of the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church on the Lesbian and Gay person, gender equality, and family planning. We continue to believe that the effect of these type Teachings are based on bigotry within the Church, and not on Catholic Tradition. Clearly the “Sense of the Faithful” has said in opposition to the “Teaching Magisterium” that Gay Marriage, abortion, women’s ordination is a matter of one’s internal forum, and the Bishops clearly are beyond their authority by trying to direct that internal forum.

Catholics must judge the fruits of these Hierarchical positions which is causing conflicts and contradictions in the Church. Recently Archbishop Niederauer (Progressive) of the Archdiocese of San Francisco called Most Holy Redeemer pastor Fr. Steve Meriwether to cancel a vespers service before the first speaker in the series was scheduled to appear on Nov. 30 and asked him to withdraw the engagements of pro gay speakers, according to George Wesolek, director of archdiocesan communications.

Contrasted to this situation to what Cardinal Francis George a (Conservative) is doing in the Archdiocese of Chicago with the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministry (AGLO) at our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. The Cardinal will be attending the Anniversary of AGLO as homilist, and has apologized to the board of directors of AGLO for his last visit when he angered many members by his inappropriate statements about the dignity of the Gay and Lesbian person.

The Cardinal while having a public hissy fit with Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois over these issues has allowed the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to enter negations with Chicago’s first openly Gay Alderman Tom Tunney, and Richard Pfeiffer Chair of the City’s Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Rectory. The meeting was concerned with the change in the Parade route that would literally bring the Gay Pride Parade in front of the Church doors, how ironic. Two years ago this would not have happened. The Cardinal would not of allowed such meeting to take place because of his belief that error has no rights.

Contrast this approach with that of Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt. He is asking Catholics to recite a “special prayer” condemning the right of gay and lesbian people to marry, the Star Tribune is reporting. The request is just the latest effort in the archdiocese’s campaign to whip up support against the state’s pending constitutional amendment to outlaw marriage equality. The prayer explains that marriage is “a source of blessing and joy,” before asking parishioners to deny this happiness to gay people.

These are but a few examples of how dysfunctional the Church’s position is on the Lesbian and Gay person. How both conservative and liberal Bishops have become caught up in the web of confusion it brings, and how out of touch they have become from the concerns of people in the pew. The bishops blind obedience to this backward teaching is akin to their corporate need to absolve their responsibility in the clergy sexual abuse scandal brought on by a lack of integrity and reasonableness.

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3 Responses to Catholic Church’s Continued Fracturing Over LGBT Rights

  1. Rev Donald Spitz

    December 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Homosexuality should be criminalized. Homosexuals commit crimes against God, against nature, against the Holy Bible and against the human race.
    After reading this story I now know why God wrote:
    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    :26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    :27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    • Mary

      February 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Rev. Spitz, why should it be criminalized? We don’t live in a theocracy. Anyway, it’s not going to be criminalized since most Americans are sane, so no matter. PS, don’t track me down and kill me. I know that you have a history of conspiring in murder.

  2. Cynthia H.

    December 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    “The Cardinal would not of allowed such meeting to take place because of his belief that error has no rights.”

    The Rainbow Sash Movement needs a proofreader and editor!