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It’s pretty bad in Boston. The Archdiocese of Boston, where “relativism” remains a household word, has flip-flopped yet again becoming the “John Kerry” of firm decision-making by now firmly backing a Catholic Mass to celebrate Gay Pride.

First the Archdiocese was allowing Mass for the purpose of celebrating and commemorating Gay Pride at St. Cecilia’s in Boston. Then they said it had to be cancelled, but there would be a Mass in the future to welcome the community, but not specifically gays and lesbians. Now, the “Mass marking gay pride is back on” with the full endorsement of the archdiocese.  This hit the Monday morning news after Catholic bloggers including us revealed how for years St. Cecilia’s has been sponsoring speakers who support gay marriage, in direct opposition to Catholic teachings.

Here’s the statement issued by the archdiocese on June 19:

June 19, 2011 – Archdiocese of Boston statement regarding prayer service at St. Cecilia Parish Boston

The Archdiocese of Boston is committed to evangelization and to being a welcoming Church for all of God’s people.  St. Cecilia’s is a wonderful example of the exceptional parishes in the Archdiocese which seek to serve the Catholic faithful with grace, dignity, respect, compassion and love and being devoted to the Gospel and Christ’s saving ministry.

The reports that the Mass, originally scheduled for  June 19th, was cancelled are not accurate.  Rather the Mass was postponed.  As indicated in the statement of the Archdiocese on June 10, a Mass welcoming the wider community of the faithful, including gays and lesbians, will be held. The Mass has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 10th at 11am.

We respect the desire of those individuals organizing and participating in the prayer service.  We know that the postponement of the June 19th Mass has been disappointing to them.  Our hope and prayer is that we can come together as one community of Catholics sharing in the Lord’s divine love for each of us.”

How can St. Cecilia’s be devoted to the Gospel and Christ’s saving ministry if they they’ve been promoting gay marriage for years?

Mass day in and day out is intended to commemorate Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Why is any Mass being hijacked to celebrate Gay Pride at all, let alone any category of sinners–adulterers, those engaging in pre-marital sex, liars, etc.?  Is the archdiocese that ill-informed about the purpose of Catholic Mass and Gay Pride that they still don’t understand this?

In case Terry Donilon, Bishop Hennessey, and Cardinal O’Malley missed it,the picture below and this blog post give examples of what Gay Pride is about:

In your face. During the Gay Pride Parade,   just about anywhere you looked there was something like this riding by in an   official float. [MassResistance photo]

Men dressed as twisted versions of nuns, calling   themselves “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgance,” marched in the Gay Pride Parade in   Boston to mock the Catholic Church.  [MassResistance   photo]

So, unless I’m mistaken, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Bishop Robert Hennessey, Terry Donilon, Fr. John Unni, and the leadership of the Archdiocese of Boston are saying that the previous Mass promoted to celebrate and commemorate Boston Pride Month and Gay Pride–that includes the agenda and values reflected in the Gay Pride parade–is now on for July 10 with their full approval. Has Cardinal O’Malley totally lost his marbles?

If the above is true, then every one of those people is showing they probably can’t serve the Catholic church in Boston any longer, and all have to go.

Was a Mass promoted to celebrate Boston Pride month in June not permissible, but a Mass celebrating Boston Gay Pride in July is OK?  The notoriously pro-abort, pro-gay Mayor Menino, who Bryan Hehir honored back in 2005 at at a Catholic Charities fundraiser, says he’ll attend. Let’s make sure Jarrett Barrios, Walter Cuenin, and Bob Bowers are there too. Maybe Cardinal O’Malley himself will celebrate the Mass.

The Mass every day welcomes everyone in the wider community. Why’s the regular 11am Sunday Mass now supposedly more welcoming than it normally already was?

What’s with the first statement that said the rescheduled welcoming Mass was going to welcome the wider community and “not specifically gays and lesbians” and now the new statement says they’re going welcome the wider community and specifically names “gays and lesbians”?

Where’s any call to rependence and conversion?

Calling out St. Cecilia’s as a “wonderful example of the exceptional parishes in the Archdiocese” is a huge slap in the face to every faithful pastor, every priest in this archdiocese and every Catholic who believes what the Church believes on marriage, sexual morality and even the purpose of Mass.

Can anyone confirm the archdiocese has an “ad limina” visit with the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI in the fall to review the state of the diocese? Me thinks this scandal needs to go on the agenda.  If something’s not done about this travesty and scandal in the next few days, I think we’re going to have to mount a national campaign to the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI asking for the resignation of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Bishop Hennessey, Terry Donilon, Fr. Unni, and anyone else responsible for letting this happen.

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Joe Fitzgerald, a columnist at the Boston Herald, had a great column in yesterday’s paper. This is the only column I’ve seen in the mainstream media that says it like it really is, and it deserves a wide reading audience.

Incidentally, for those who tried calling the Apostolic Nuncio and got a response that you need to write to them, you can send email to his office at nuntiususa(at)nuntiususa.org.  The appropriate salutation is Most Reverend Pietro Sambi. Please do sent him an email. You can even copy and paste one of these blog posts or use the email link at the end of the post to forward to him.

Without further ado, here’s Joe Fitzgerald’s column.

Church refuses to sacrifice principles

Celebrity comes pretty cheaply these days, especially in the Catholic Church, where all a priest has to do to achieve public acclaim is appear to repudiate elements of the Gospel he was called to uphold.

Nowhere is this truer than in the incendiary issue of homosexuality, which this culture wants us to believe is no big deal to the Creator.

Thankfully, there are those, beleaguered clergy among them, who continue to dig in their heels, steadfast in the gales of trendy mores, adamant in their conviction that the commandments of God are not negotiable.

Today they’re called haters.

“I have a theory,” Father Frank Garrity, the long retired pastor of St. Bartholomew Church in Needham, said a few years ago. “Kids don’t like to be told no. Well, neither do adults, and the Catholic Church is one of the few voices we hear today saying, ‘No, this is wrong.’ And you see the reaction we get.”

Indeed, so when an articulate young priest such as the Rev. John Unni appears to distance himself from the teachings of the Church, which got him a standing ovation at St. Cecilia’s last Sunday, he immediately becomes the darling of anarchists and malcontents who want the Church to shut up and butt out, allowing them to reshape their faith so that it will accommodate every whim and wayward desire.

“As a Catholic, my only agenda — just like Jesus — is to love and accept one another,” Father John reasoned, assuring his politically correct congregation that all walks of life were welcome to worship there.

True enough, but the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would have said, was that He also reminded them of what they were, ending His conversations with a reassuring, “Go, and sin no more.”

In other words, He made it clear that unconditional love does not mean anything goes.

But that’s what our culture wants us to believe, presenting a great challenge to people of faith today.

Can you remain true to what you believe even while the world is mocking those beliefs? Can you stand up for what you believe, even when it feels as if you’re standing all alone?

Father John missed an opportunity to declare with equal fervor that it is not hateful to be unfashionable, especially when you know there is no hate in your heart.

The priest who tinkers with the Gospel he vowed to preach is not unlike the judge who tinkers with the law he or she vowed to uphold.

In both cases, we are poorly served.

“I have wondered,” Ronald Reagan once mused, “what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”

They probably would have sounded like what we’re hearing from too many pulpits today.

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