The Archdiocese of Los Angeles wants you to order a rainbow fish pin "as a sign of recognition of our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers".
Here is the web page: Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics
Here’s some quotes:
See in the fish pin a sign of recognition of our lesbian and gay sisters and brothers. The pin signals solidarity with all people of faith who promote justice and inclusivity for every person in their faith communities.
In 2006 we celebrated our 20th anniversary of this ministry. The Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics was founded by Cardinal Roger Mahony on February 4, 1986 and is supported throughout the Archdiocese at parish level a an active outreach ministry with gay and lesbian Catholics, their parents, families and friends.
I have a question: How does wearing a rainbow fish pin help anyone? If I see someone wearing one, what should that lead me to think?
Does it mean the person is a homosexual? Is it meant to make it easier for homosexuals to recognize one another and connect?
Does it mean the person has a friend or relative who is homosexual? What, then, by wearing the rainbow fish do they want people to think or feel about homosexuality?
Why would a ministry to people with an intrinsically disordered orientation encourage people who have that orientation, as well as everybody else, to recognize and define the totality of a human person by their disordered orientation? Will they be making pins that assist alcoholics, drug addicts, and people with eating disorders in recognizing one another? How about a pin for people who are promiscuous or for people who tend to commit adultery? How about one for people who struggle with an addiction to internet pornography? Why not?
Is a disorder something to wear proudly, like a badge of honor?
[Roman Catholic Blog]
The first fish I ever caught as a kid was a Rainbow Trout so I wonder if this qualified as solidarity with those who have same-sex attraction. Though maybe gutting and eating it is not the sign of the Rainbow Fish they intend. Though the Archdiocese of L.A does seem to keep gutting the faith.
Maybe we need some other pins to identify with those who have other disordered attractions. A fish in a bottle pin for solidarity with Alcoholics. A Fish eye pin for those who have a wandering eye with lustful thoughts. A Shark pin for solidartiy with adulterers. A fish with bunny ears pin for those attracted to porn. Let is be inclusive and not just concentrate on only one group which is such a small part of the population. Heck why not charm bracelets with little charms for every disordered inclination?
A couple years ago I wrote how odd I found the rainbow symbol in the first place.
I have found the sign of the rainbow highly ironic for the homosexual movement. In Genesis 9 after the earth was flooded because "that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually", God set the rainbow as a sign of his covenant with man. I am not saying the flood was directly caused by homosexual acts, but it was certainly the results of sexual immorality. I put all acts of sexual immorality such as fornication, adultery and homosexuality pretty much on the same footing, though adultery is worse than fornication and it can be argued that homosexually acts are even graver. But they are all grave sins and can cause the loss of sanctifying grace in the souls of those who act thus. Yet their are no pro-fornication or pro-adultery protests going on and no open movements demanding that the Church change on these issues. If homosexual activists are trying to put these same-sex relationship at the same level of sacramental matrimony then why aren’t they crying out against homosexual fornication before marriage? Neither are they protesting when they breakup their long term committed relationship as in this very court case.