Gay and Lesbian Catholics of the Rainbow Sash Movement Challenge Catholic Bishops to Remove the Blinders of Homophobia on Pentecost Sunday
CHICAGO, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Rainbow Sash Movement entered Catholic Cathedrals and parishes across the nation wearing Rainbow Sashes on June 4, 2006, Pentecost Sunday. The act of wearing the Rainbow Sash is a symbol of identifying oneself as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT). It is an act of witness, that Jesus Christ also proclaims his message of liberation to the GLBT Community. Lately the hierarchs of the Catholic Church have become increasingly hostile to the GLBT Community by attacking their human rights. As members of both the GLBT Community and the Catholic Church, the Rainbow Sash Movement is calling for dialogue based on the late Cardinal Joseph Bernadin's Common Ground initiative. The only two places in the country where members of the Rainbow Sash Movement were denied Communion was the Archdiocese of Chicago headed by Cardinal Francis George, and the Archdiocese Minneapolis, headed by Archbishop Harry Flynn. In Chicago Rainbow Sash Movement members were joined in solidarity by members of Voice of the Faithful. Immediately following the Mass Voice of the Faithful members held a prayer service in front of the altar. The purpose the prayer service was to pray for healing, reconciliation and accountability within the Archdiocese of Chicago. In the Archdiocese of Minneapolis the environment was different. Hostility from certain members of the Catholic right attacked the right of individual Church members to share communion with their fellow parishioners who wore the Rainbow Sash. Going as far as threatening to call the police. The Rainbow Sash Movement continues to call for dialogue and fairness in the treatment of GLBT people within the Church and in the broader community. We fear that the bishops are stirring the ancient flames of hate to support a marginalized dogma that does not have the full assent of the faithful. We call on them to remove the blinders of homophobia. We strongly encourage both Archbishop Harry Flynn and Cardinal Francis George to ask themselves if their actions are promoting peace or inflaming the passions of those who hate the GLBT Community. We are calling on both to seek understanding rather than bias, and love instead of hate. We call on both hierarchs to stop their actions before they cause violence. One only has to look at what is going on in Eastern Europe to see what happens when religious leaders of the Church promote hate against innocent GLBT people. To find out more about the Rainbow Sash Movement and join us please visit our web site at http://www.rainbowsashmovement.com, or email us at sashmovement@AOL.Com.
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