WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As our Catholic Community gathers to
celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the Nations Capital, at the Basilica of the
Immaculate Conception on November 14, 2005 at 5 PM, the Rainbow Sash
Movement's delegation will be present wearing Rainbow Sashes. The Sash will
identify us as Gay/Lesbian believers. This Plenary Liturgy will begin the
annual fall meeting of US Catholic Bishops. It is unfortunate that Cardinal
Francis George of Chicago and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, DC
have threatened to deny us Communion. We denounce such a threat, and challenge
such behavior among Catholics.
We are calling on the Bishops to enter into a common ground dialogue. With
each passing day the atmosphere between Gay/Lesbian Catholics and the Bishops
is being poisoned by clueless statements that are emanating from the Vatican.
Threats to deny gay men ordination are an attempt to deflect the spotlight
from the real enablers of the sex abuse scandal. There appears to be a growing
inability among the bishops to engage in honest, civilized discourse on the
common ground of Faith.
Instead of compromise and moderation, our bishops engage in bullying. They
use the Eucharistic meal not as the sign of God's invitation to all people to
become one, but as a weapon to beat those who disagree with them over the
head. Thinly veiled threats are issued against those who don't toe the line.
Those who find themselves in disagreement with the bishops are often
demonized, marginalized and refused Communion. The actions of the Bishops in
the current unfolding child sexual abuse scandal, has splintered Church unity.
There appears to be an attempt to corral Catholics into a false sense of unity
and knee jerk fundamentalism in order not to deal with the systemic corruption
of the Church.
The bishops need to ask themselves what can bring Catholics together as a
people. What kind of thoughtful response is possible in the face of a
fundamental belief in one's own inerrancy? Such a position leaves no room for
God or discernment. St. Paul said "now we see as through a glass darkly ... "
This simply means we cannot have complete certitude regarding God's will. It
is so easy to condemn and more difficult to love. How can we love God, whom we
have not seen, yet hate our neighbor, whom we have seen because he or she is
of the wrong sexual orientation? We encourage other Catholics of Good will to
stand with us. This is not about protest it is about love of Church.
To find more about the Rainbow Sash Movement please visit our web site
http://www.rainbowsashmovement.com , or call 312-266-0182.
SOURCE Rainbow Sash Movement