Cardinal George Gives Cold Shoulder, Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles Welcomes the Rainbow Sash Movement to Communion

May 26, 2004, 01:00 ET from The Rainbow Sash Movement

    CHICAGO, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM) is deeply
 saddened by the response of Francis Cardinal George to the presence of gay and
 lesbian Catholics at the Cathedral for Pentecost Sunday, May 30, 2004 at
 12:30PM. In wearing the Rainbow Sash we call Cardinal George to honor our
 experience, we continue to call on him to honor his commitment to Rainbow Sash
 Movement for ongoing public dialogue, and to work with us for justice and
     Cardinal Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has notified the Rainbow
 Sash Movement that his Cathedral will welcome Rainbow Sash Members as part of
 the Catholic Family to his Cathedral, and when RSM members present themselves
 for Communion they will receive It.
     It saddens us to have to say Cardinal George no more understands us, than
 he does the gay and lesbian Catholic Community, as is exampled by his letter
 to all his pastors to promote Discrimination of Gay and Lesbian Catholics at
 the Eucharistic table. To instruct his parish pastors to judge people at the
 alter rail, and deny them Communion lacks pastoral awareness, as is emphasized
 by the Church's Teaching on the "Primacy of Conscience." Going to church and
 receiving Communion is a personal act of faith and we don't think it is good
 judgment to turn it into a tool of confrontation at the altar rail.
     Cardinals George and Mahony both support the Teaching of the Catholic
 Church, however, one promotes discrimination at the Eucharistic table, and the
 other does not.
     The Rainbow Sash Movement will be entering Churches and Cathedrals around
 the country on Pentecost as a sign of the universality of the Church. This
 universality includes gays and lesbians, and gay and lesbian families. We
 thank Cardinal Mahony for welcoming us.
     To join the Rainbow Sash Movement on Pentecost Sunday please visit our web
 sight at http://www.RainbowSashMovement.Org for details.

SOURCE The Rainbow Sash Movement