Our headline comes from the Huffington Post article on this same topic. In the latest developments, here’s a video of Fr. John Unni preaching at this past Sunday’s Mass. Listen at between the 0:20 to 0:50 time period to hear how Fr. Unni says he has no idea what the Gay Pride agenda means:
He says, “In the past week, folks have talked about the Gay Pride agenda. I confess to almighty God and my brothers and sisters that I don’t know what that group is. I apologize for my stupidity and ignorance. We put ads in the bulletin saying all are welcome.”
Fr. Unni, if it’s a matter of “stupidity and ignorance,” that’s about equally bad as knowing what it is and still promoting it. Once again, this is, at least in part, what Gay Pride is about:
This year’s theme was “equality”–which means “marriage equality,” which means in part, legalization of “same-sex marriage.”
He said, “We put ads in the bulletin saying all are welcome.” No, they put ads in the bulletin saying, “Liturgy to Commemorate Boston Pride 2011” and “in celebration of Boston’s Pride Month.
Google Boston Pride 2011 and this is what you get:
Is Fr. Unni really ignorant that this is what he and his parish were promoting?
Fr. Unni called this blog and Catholics who believe what the Church teaches on sexual morality as “hurtful” and espousing “hate” for saying the Catholic Church should be not be celebrating Boston Pride, and for exercising our rights and duties under the Code of Canon Law to voice our needs to our pastors:
Can. 211 All the Christian faithful have the duty and right to work so that the divine message of salvation more and more reaches all people in every age and in every land.
§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.
§3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals…
All are welcome! But we do not need a special Mass or now a special prayer service to celebrate one particular sin and lifestyle. Every week and every day the sacrifice of the Mass is offered to welcome sinners. Jesus Christ welcomed all sinners and called them to conversion. We need to continue doing the same.
We are all on board with the “all are welcome.” Where’s the call to conversion by Fr. Unni?
Someone needs to do something about this situation.
Take Action to address this scandal by calling the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Pietro Sambi at 202-333-7121. Leave a message saying that you need the Nuncio’s intervention to get Cardinal O’Malley to do the following:
- issue a written statement clearly stating Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality and homosexual activity
- insist that Fr. John Unni publicly acknowledge those teachings on sexual morality
- either cancel the June 19 GLBT prayer service (still being held at the same time & date as the previously promoted event celebrating Boston Pride) or replace the theme and speakers with a talk by a priest representing the Courage ministry, talking and praying about how people with same-sex attractions can live a life of holiness and chastity consistent with the Gospel and Word of God.
If you’ve got time for more than one phone call, you can also try calling Cardinal O’Malley at 617-782-2544 and Bishop Robert Hennessey at 617-269-4001.
We’ve said it before and will say it again, Cardinal O’Malley said in 2006,
“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.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.”
Your Eminence, which season is now, “in season” or “out of season”? Are you going to teach the truths of the Gospel and insist that your bishop, spokesman, and pastors do the same, or will we continue being “out of season” with you sitting silently by, letting your spokesman and Fr. Unni muddy the message of the truths of the Gospel?