Once again, in the diocese where “relativism” is a household word, we’ve got a Boston Catholic parish hosting a Mass to celebrate “Gay Pride” with the full knowledge of the archdiocesan hierarchy. The same parish’s “Rainbow Ministry” is also sponsoring a trip to see the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and on the same page with those notices, they ask parishioners to support the retirement, medical and financial needs of the priests of the Archdiocese who have have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ.
The parish is St. Cecilia in Boston. Here’s their latest bulletin, and the troubling notices:
Liturgy to commemorate Boston Pride 2011
The Rainbow Ministry of Saint Cecilia Parish invites all friends and supporters of the LGBT community to a Mass in celebration of Boston’s Pride Month. The liturgy will take place on Sunday evening, June 19, at six o’clock, with a reception following. The theme of the liturgy, “All Are Welcome,” honors Christ’s message of hope and salvation to all people. We will also celebrate the diverse community that finds its home at Saint Cecilia and acknowledge, in a special way, the generous and warm welcome extended to the members of the Jesuit Urban Center in 2007. The Mass will be celebrated by Father John Unni and concelebrated by several of the priests who faithfully ministered at the Jesuit Urban Center for many years. Please plan to attend this special liturgy and support the diversity that makes Saint Cecilia such a special place.
Here’s a link to the Boston Pride website. This same notice was published in the bulletin at St. Ignatius in Newton. A reader via email said to us, “pastors of Roman Catholic Parishes promote the celebration of the Eucharist to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. All of these lifestyles are condemned a simmoral by the Catholic Church. Straightforward question: Will the Archbishop remove these pastors? If he does, good. If he does not, we are at the end of the Catholic Church in Boston.
Then there’s this notice too, right next to the other listing in the St. Cecilia bulletin:
A June evening with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
The Saint Cecilia Rainbow Ministry is purchasing a block of tickets for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus concert to be held at John Hancock Hall on Thursday, June 9th at 8 p.m. The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community–based choruses. Now in its 29th season, the 175–voice ensemble is celebrated for its outstanding musicianship. The concert is a kickoff for Gay Pride weekend and is devoted to the music of the Beatles. The BGMC will deliver a fresh dose of fabulosity to The Fab Four in a concert highlighting nearly thirty of their best songs. Based on The Beatles original arrangements and five piece band, this multimedia show will blend 60’s nostalgia with their timeless spirit of social change, peace, love, and understanding. Our group is also planning to have dinner before the concert at Geoffrey’s Cafe at 142 Berkeley Street. For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact Melon Regis–Civetta at (617) 584–5422 or email@example.com. All are welcome to join us for this fun night out.
Why is there a “Rainbow Ministry” to celebrate gay lesbian bisexual and transgender (GLBT) activity and behavior? Where’s the chapter of “Courage” to help people with homosexual attractions live a life of chastity?
On the same page, at a level of roughly equal parity, the bulletin also has this notice:
Special Collections—Today and Next Week
This week’s second collection supports the retirement, medical and financial needs of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston. These priests have given their lives to faithfully serve Christ, the Church and the people of God. Your customary generosity is appreciated. Next week’s second collection supports the formation and training of seminarians in the Archdiocese of Boston. Please be generous in your support of these seminarians as they journey toward priestly ordination.
On the same page people are asked to support faithful priests and seminarians, they’re also invited to celebrate the gay/lesbian lifestyle. To paraphrase the late newspaper columnist Ann Landers, “It sounds like the pastor has some strudel in his noodle.” If Cardinal O’Malley allows this to proceed, we’ll have to assume the same holds for him too. What’s next, NY Rep. Anthony Weiner and Tiger Woods giving a talk at the church on the topic of marital fidelity?
If you’re as troubled by this as we are and you want to stop this atrocious scandal, call Cardinal O’Malley at 617-782-2544 today. Leave a message saying you want the Gay Pride Mass at St. Cecilia cancelled and their “Rainbow Ministry” disbanded and replaced by a chapter of “Courage.” The pastor should also be put on leave for supporting this and agreeing to preside at the Mass. If his regional bishop, Bishop Robert Hennessey, knew about this and allowed it, then he needs to be relieved of his duties as well.
A year ago almost to the day we posted about the problem of false compassion to homosexuals. Here’s a little bit of what Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in a letter on Homosexuality in 2005, (before Fr. Bryan Hehir started handling everything related to faith and morals in the Archdiocese of Boston):
The extreme individualism of our age is undermining the common good and fractionalizing the community. We do not want Catholics who have a homosexual orientation to feel unwelcomed in the Catholic Church. We remind them that they are bound to us by their baptism and are called to live a life of holiness.
At the same time the Church must minister to all people by challenging them to obey God’s commands, the roadmap for a meaningful human life that allows us to draw near to God and to one another.
If we tell people that sex outside of marriage is not a sin, we are deceiving people. If they believe this untruth, a life of virtue becomes all but impossible. Jesus teaches that discipleship implies taking up the cross each day and following Him with love and courage.
It is never easy to deliver a message that calls people to make sacrifices or to do difficult things. Sometimes people want to punish the messenger. For this reason we priests at times find it difficult to articulate the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. It is important to express the moral teachings of the Church with clarity and fidelity. The Church must be Church. We must teach the truths of the Gospel in season and out of season. These recent times seem to us like it is “out of season”, but for that very reason it is even more urgent to teach the hard words of the Gospel today.
Calling people to embrace the cross of discipleship, to live the commandments and at the same time assuring them that we love them as brothers and sisters can be difficult. Sometimes we are told: “If you do not accept my behavior, you do not love me.” In reality we must communicate the exact opposite: “Because we love you, we cannot accept your behavior.”
Celebrating a “Gay Pride” Mass isn’t expressing the moral teachings of the Church with clarity and fidelity or telling people their behavior is unacceptable–it’s telling them their behavior is just fine. Take Action today by calling Cardinal O’Malley at 617-782-2544. Ask him to cancel the Gay Pride Mass at St. Cecilia along with their “Rainbow Ministry” and put the pastors of both parishes who promoted this event on leave.