Monday, January 29, 2007

The influence of the 'Rainbow Fish' is spreading

Most readers of the Orthometer are likely familiar with the controversy over Ministry to Gays in various dioceses that do not challenge them to embrace the teaching and practice of the Church but rather comfirm them in their sinful and self-destructive lifestyle. (Here is an example.) Well it seems that no place is free of this nonsense.

A friend emailed this to me:

Gay Mass planned (from the Park Record, Jan. 13, 2007)
by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A prominent Park City clergyman plans to hold a Mass for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people during the Sundance Film Festival.
Father Robert Bussen, the leader of St. Mary's Catholic Church, says Park City is ready for such a service and he intends to hold the Mass monthly after the first celebration.
"It's time. In the Catholic Church, we seem to have a huge chasm between the church offices, so to speak, and the gay sons and daughters," Bussen says.
The first Mass is scheduled on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. in the church's Old Town chapel, 121 Park Ave. Parking is available in a lot behind the chapel.
Bussen says he is unsure how many St. Mary's parishioners are gays or lesbians but he says the sexual preferences of people in the Roman Catholic Church generally resemble those in the rest of the population. He says, though, the Catholic Church has not welcomed them.
Heterosexual people are invited to the Mass and Bussen says the celebration will be the same as a regular Mass.
Bussen says it is difficult to predict how many people will attend.
People who visit during film-festival week are well known for supporting gay rights and there is usually a bloc of movies with gay themes. The Queer Lounge, a hotspot for gays and lesbians, has drawn big crowds during the festival as well.
For more information about the Mass, call Bussen at xxx-xxxx.


Apart from wondering when they will schedule the Adultery or the Self-Abuse Mass, I don't think I can respond better than these parishioners did in a letter to the editor:

This letter is in response to Beano Solomon regarding “GLBT / Sundance Mass at St. Mary’s”. Its purpose is not to instigate a battle among the community, but to give a few words of explanation amidst a great deal of confusion.
The Catholic Church maintains that persons with a homosexual inclination must be respected and treated with sensitivity and compassion, which does not leave any room for discrimination. They have an innate human dignity as do all people, created in the image and likeness of God. Having said this however, it must be clarified that, based on the Old and New Testament tradition, as well as the natural order of creation, homosexual acts are always disordered and are never approved by the Catholic Church.
In our moral theology, all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation, are called to a pure life, and the sexual acts are reserved to the context of marital union between one man and one woman, being open to the gift of life.
The Catholic Church does not reject persons with same-sex attractions, but offers love, help and support through a very powerful and highly effective ministry called Courage. Both those who minister and those who seek help are called to holiness and close relationship with God, which leads them to self-mastery and inner freedom. The organization’s website: www.couragerc.net, in addition to offering a great deal of useful information, provides many powerful testimonies of people who were helped by this organization.
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