THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS ANDTHE DARKNESS DID NOT OVERCOME IT

From EDGE:

The Archdiocese of Boston commanded St. Cecilia’s Church in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood not to go forward with a mass for GLBT people of faith over Pride weekend. But the spirit could not be suppressed: Local gays, and the church’s pastor, spoke out with messages of love and community. The Rev. John Unni made it clear that in his church, worshipers of all stripes would be accepted into the fellowship.

"You are welcome here, gay or straight, rich or poor, young or old, black or white," declared the Catholic priest in the course of the next scheduled mass. "Here, you all can say, ’I can worship the God who made me as I am.’"

"We are not this renegade, crazy, liberal church," Unni told his parishioners. "We’re just Christians trying to live the gospel."

Unni’s sermon was met with "thunderous applause" and a "standing ovation."

The archdiocese spokesperson, Terrence C. Donilon, sought to cast the hierarchy’s response in terms of love.

"The teachings of the Catholic Church are set in stone, but that doesn’t stop us from loving people from different walks of life." he said.

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, which celebrated the city’s annual Pride with a concert scheduled for the same weekend, posted a "Response" to the cancellation of the mass on Facebook.

"If you prefer to spread untruths and hate, we still love you - but not your message," the response said.

For having incredibly big balls and the rhetorical eloquence to match, Father John is OCICBW...'s

BRICK OF THE DAY

Also mentioned in dispatches are the congregation of St. Cecilia’s Church and The Boston Gay Men's Chorus.

However, this gentleman, Terrence C. Donilon, didn't make the grade. In fact, his shame is compounded by him being awarded the disgraceful accolade of:

MEALY-MOUTHED LACKEY OF THE DAY

Oh well, you have your bed made for you by friends in high places , you have to lie in it, I suppose.

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THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS ANDTHE DARKNESS DID NOT OVERCOME IT — 14 Comments

  1. “The teachings of the Catholic Church are set in stone,…

    How does the Spirit move in stone? It doesn’t. Fr John follows the Wind, the Breath of God. Thanks be to God for Fr John and others like him, who are not weighed down by the stone, but are rather swept aloft by the Wind.

  2. How does the Spirit move in stone?

    The Popoids believe in making the stones move. By chucking them at Christ’s queer least of these.

    [Wow, Fr John’s really a “Father-What-a-Waste” eh? ;-)]

  3. Then again, I’ve got a hunch Fr John may soon find himself looking for another church {cough}TEC{cough} in which to answer his evident calling to the priesthood. So maybe he’ll discover his vocational-calling does not carry mandatory celibacy? And voila’: perhaps his pretty will not be wasted! 😉

  4. @Mimi, BP says Exactly–no stones.

    As for teachings written in stone , I thought that was the Mormons? 😉

  5. I don’t think Father John will ever abandon his responsibilities. Some of us will walk through hell rather than doing that.

  6. But of course its not cast in stone, is it? Catholic teaching has evolved (slowly) in sometimes odd/disreputable directions, according to what seemed best to the hierarchy at the time. Given enough time and incentive it will evolve to include gays.

    Protestants likewise. “Scripture does not change”, but of course it does. The way of interpreting it changes along with the verses which are emphasised or conveniently downplayed according to the needs of the sect at the time.

  7. I’m pretty sure that, for the Mormons, it was gold plates
    And for the Orthodox, you can pretty much count on someone saying that “We can’t do that; they didn’t do that under Justinian!” cf the poor Greek priest widowed who wants to get married again but can’t.

  8. And for the Orthodox, you can pretty much count on someone saying that “We can’t do that; they didn’t do that under Justinian!”

    Yeah, but they’ll say it 44 times, so it makes it all magical-ooga-booga true!