Rainbow Sash Movement Says It is Time for Gay and Lesbian Catholics to Speak the Truth

Dec 02, 2005, 00:00 ET from Rainbow Sash Movement

    CHICAGO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Holy Roman Catholic Church has been
 waging a public war against gay people for too many years," said Joe Murray,
 US convener for the Rainbow Sash Movement in his opening remarks. "In New
 York, Boston and Chicago, they have used their considerable political clout to
 oppose every Gay civil rights issue that comes up. They do this on a regular
 basis, whether it has to do with housing, jobs, or other issues.
     "More recently, they publicly refuse to give communion to people
 identified as Gay or supporting Gay rights," said Murray. "And this comes even
 after the whole world learned that many of these same bishops consciously
 placed Catholic children in the paths of known, dangerous pedophiles.
     "Now these bishops would have you believe they are cleaning house by
 screening out priests and seminarians with gay orientations. This is another
 deliberate sham. Keeping out gay seminarians will do nothing to rid the Church
 of pedophiles, for whom gender of the victim is not very important. Instead of
 understanding pedophilia, it is easier and cheaper to attack the most
 vulnerable: gay seminarians.
     "We've just concluded World Aids Day," said Murray, "and the millions of
 people today who have AIDS is testament to the disaster created by deliberate
 ignorance. So long as AIDS was confined to those on the low rungs of society's
 ladder, it could be overlooked, as it was for the Reagan and first Bush
     "Are we now to wait for history to repeat itself? Will we have another
 round of victims of pedophilia coming forth in 20 years because the bishops,
 the Holy Guardians of Public Morals, chose to attack gay men instead of really
 addressing the issue of pedophilia and the safety of children when left with
     "The second category of victims here are those dedicated priests for whom
 child molestation would never be remotely considered. They are dedicated to
 their work and do the best job they can. But because the bishops choose to not
 focus on the real problems of the Church in society, even our good priests
 will not feel comfortable when left alone with children.  Removing dedicated
 gay men from the priesthood is not a solution to anything.
     "It's time for these bishops and for the Pope himself to come to grips
 with reality. We're talking about an emotional disorder called pedophilia.
 Gay pedophilia or straight pedophilia, it's still pedophilia. But it's far
 more common among straight men than it is among gay men.
     "I call upon the Church to stop its attacks on gay men and Lesbians around
 the world. Yes, God made us this way, just as He made straight people
 straight. We celebrate our diversity and urge the Church to throw off it's
 rigid, mistaken thinking on this issue. If the bishops are to exert any moral
 authority in the 21st Century, they must stop attacking groups of people whose
 similarities are far greater than the differences.

SOURCE Rainbow Sash Movement