Sunday, November 14, 2010
"Archdiocese shelves local Mass for Gays"/Roman Catholic Womenpriests Communities Welcome All To Celebrate Eucharist
By Abe Levy - Express-News
Web Posted: 10/23/2010 12:00 AM CDT
Read Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú's letter: http://www2.mysanantonio.com/PDFs/20101022_CantuLetter.pdf
Read Dignity's response: http://www2.mysanantonio.com/PDFs/GayCatholicsletter.pdf
"San Antonio Catholic leaders have discontinued a long-standing Mass that was offered quietly for more than 15 years to the gay and lesbian community at a near-downtown parish.The weekly Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church was the subject of periodic complaints to the archdiocese. But until last Sunday, the local hierarchy declined to shut it down. It had been conducted by a handful of local priests sympathetic to the gay and lesbian community."
"The decision was made by Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú, who's the interim head of the archdiocese until Chicago Bishop Gustavo García-Siller becomes the new archbishop of San Antonio on Nov. 23."
Bridget Mary's Reflection:
This is another example of the hierarchy's exclusion that is contrary to the spirit of Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus proclaimed that we are all God's chosen people, we are all sisters and brothers in the human family. This includes gays and lesbians, of course. The decision by the hierarchy to prohibit Dignity Masses does not reflect Jesus' embrace of all God's chosen people. I applaud Dignity's decision to continue their liturgies in a supportive church. Jesus reminds us that it does not matter where we worship as long as we worship in spirit and truth.
The Roman Catholic male bishops should ask themselves, what would Jesus do, and do it-- welcome all to the Sacred Banquet. Our Roman Catholic Womenpriests communities welcome all to celebrate Eucharist. No one is excluded. Our mission in life is to love and serve one another in the heart of God. Bridget Mary Meehan, firstname.lastname@example.org