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
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
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
SOURCE Rainbow Sash Movement