Last week, controversy erupted when Archbishop John Nienstedt informed St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis that it could not hold a gay pride prayer service in its sanctuary. The service — held for several years in conjunction with the annual Twin Cities Gay Pride festival — celebrates the gay identity.
In response, organizers moved the celebration outside the church. One gay activist attended in what must have struck him as a clown’s outfit, given the occasion — the robes of an archbishop, miter and all. David McCaffrey of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM) condemned what he called Nienstedt’s “reign of homophobic hatred.” In an e-mail to the group’s members, he characterized the archbishop’s decision as “yet another volley of dehumanizing spiritual violence directed at GLBT persons and their families.”
Clearly, there is hatred here. But it is not coming from the Catholic Church. Rather, it’s a tool of those who are trying to compel the church to conform to their personal demands with caricatures and public mockery.
Please read the whole thing. It is rare that you see an article this good in the press and Katherine Kersten goes on to make very good arguments against those who criticize the Archbishop and see now problem with a Catholic parish participating in a gay pride parade. Katherine Kersten who is a Catholic is a consistently good writer and has also done some good coverage when it comes to the Church. Considering how bad the Minneapolis Star Tribune is normally when covering the Church with writers like Frank Rich it is nice to see such a solid column in a very liberal newspaper.
The whole thing about the language used by activists in support of homosexual acts is that their very intention is to force those who disagree into a closet and to be shut up and not heard from. You are a homophobe a the drop of a hat regardless of what you actually think. There is so much name-calling and hyperbole and so little respect of others that you wonder how they managed to forget what it felt like to be dehumanized by jerks with no charity in their hearts and no empathy for those suffering from same-sex attraction.
Via A Shepherd’s Voice.