Minnesota churches will soon see a sign of protest in collection plates.
Gay Catholics and their supporters plan to mark their donations to send a message to let the church know who exactly is giving them their money. Cash donations will be marked with a pink triangle around the pyramid on the back, while checks will have a notation in the memo field.
“If you want our money, then support us,” says parishioner Tom Degree. “They need to know how much they are receiving from GLBT congregants.”
Degree and others are concerned about several positions the Catholic church has taken recently, such as banning gay priests.
“I think that’s a bright idea,” says Rachel Dykosky. “I think they should let them know where the money is coming from. The church needs to know who is supporting them.”
Others think the protest is too political, and doesn’t belong in church. “It’s incomprehensible to me that they would do that. I don’t see any logic in it,” says Florence Pope.
Degree thinks the search for marked money will be similar to the church’s search for gay members in seminaries.
“This is gay money,” degree says. “If you don’t feel comfortable taking it, throw it away.”
My first reaction is shouldn’t they be using three dollar bills? Besides if the Church had a problem taking money from sinners we wouldn’t need collection baskets. The underlying thing I notice about protests by "Gay Catholics" is that the activism is not in any way Catholic. For example we have rainbow sashes, people receiving Communion and then spitting it out, and now this pink triangle money tactic. So the Church is suppose to abandon 2000 years of both scripture and Apostolic tradition and guidance by the Holy Spirit because somebody marks up money with a felt pen? The use of the triangle is fairly ironic considering that it is also a symbol of the Trinity. Though I guess you are going to substitute your opinion with the Holy Trinity it makes a certain sense. If you are going to say that the Church that Jesus founded has been wrong about something so basic for two-thousand years and has been teaching very severe error, I guess it takes the infamous narcissism of the homosexual culture to do just that. It is no coincidence that many homosexual events include the word pride in them.
Now if you truly believe that the Catholic Church is the one true Church and yet believe that the Church is wrong about homosexual acts then wouldn’t you be holding prayer services instead. How about prayer and fasting and encouraging others to join in. Threatening not to tithe or to disrupt the Mass is just profoundly un-Catholic. The Church must change because I don’t want to! Jesus welcomes everybody – just ignore those passage about repentance first and the possibility of going to Hell and sheep and goats, etc. Just ignore those passages condemning homosexuality – after all 10 out of 10 active homosexual exegetes find they don’t mean what they plainly mean. Oh by the way as part of a package deal you will have to drop the dogma on contraception also since homosexual sex is always contraceptive. Be fruity and don’t multiply.