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Gay Catholics Demonstrate in NY Ahead of Pope's Arrival

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In a demonstration organized by Dignity USA, gay Catholics gathered opposite the United Nations in New York over the weekend to protest the Pope's upcoming arrival. He'll arrive at Andrews Air Force Base and sweep through Washington before arriving in New York on Friday for a weekend visit.

Among the demonstrators Were Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton, who were recently in the news after traveling to Poland to protest President Lech Kaczynski's unauthorized use of their wedding photos during a national broadcast.

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  1. When the Pope visits Ground Zero, he will be greeted by a protest vigil honoring the late FDNY chaplain, Father Mychal Judge, the first official casualty of the 9/11 attacks.

    Mychal was considered a living saint by many even prior to his heroic death. His extraordinary works of compassion have been compared to Mother Teresa (see http://SaintMychalJudge.blogspot.com )

    But ironically, Fr. Mychal Judge would be barred from the priesthood today because he was openly gay, though celibate. He often asked, “Is there so much love in the world that we can afford to discriminate against any kind of love ?!”

    We have no illusions that this pope is going to change. Rather, we are bearing witness to two truths -- that God created and loves gay people, and that the pope does not speak for the whole Church, the Ecclesia, on these matters.

    Indeed, two-thirds of U.S. Catholics-in-the-pews reject the pope’s views and support either civil unions or full marriage rights, according to numerous surveys.

    As Fr. Mychal also said, "Don't let the (institutional) church get in the way of your relationship with God."

    Posted by: Mychals Prayer | Apr 14, 2008 9:32:32 AM


  2. I guess all these protests are a good thing, and I support them. I just...well, I have so little in me that identifies with Catholicism or any other religion that it's hard to get fired up about it all. The pain that people of faith go through when rejected by their church is something that I can factually acknowledge, but it's just so alien to my experience that I can't truly empathize because the feelings just aren't there for me.

    But even though don't get it, I guess I can say "go for it" for those who really are affected.

    Posted by: Yeek | Apr 14, 2008 10:05:46 AM


  3. I was going to make some nasty comment about the Pope (you know, one of my clever comments with bad grammar and misspellings galore), but then I googled the man's biography and resume. He's brilliant and a great scholar. Homophobi anti-gay policies, and unrealistic antiquated views about birth control? Policies and views which lead to destructive circumstances for many folks on this earth. Well, I guess that goes along with being a religious fanatic. And has he spoken out about Darfur and Tibet? Come to think of it, he aint so great.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 14, 2008 10:45:36 AM


  4. He ain't so great -- but his boyfriend is FABULOUS!

    http://www.ratzingerbenedettoxvi.com/papaedongeorg.jpg

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 14, 2008 12:29:46 PM


  5. With his history in the HitlerJugend and his rancid reactionary politics he makes an excellent spokesmodel for all the Roman cult stands for. Ratzinger’s Catholic cult is based on an amalgam of superstition and ‘mystery’ cults from the degenerate period of Roman culture which morphed into a rapacious, bloodthirsty organization hell bent on accumulating wealth and power. Catholic cult leaders were the mainstay of the retrograde and devolutionary trends of feudalism. They organized the mass murders of jews, muslims, cathars, ‘schismatics’, ‘heretics’, GLBT folks, midwives, the poor, rebels and anyone who got in their way.

    It’s still the same organization today. However the liberal use of the guillotine as a cure for clerical treason during the French Revolution and similar efforts in other nations since then has taught them to be circumspect.

    But not always. While little Ratzinger was goosestepping his way into the HitlerJugend and industriously trying to shoot down Allied aircraft as a Luftwaffe flak gunner his papal predecessor Eugene Pacelli was praising Hitler’s war on ‘communism’ and pigheadedly refusing to speak out about the Holocaust. Later Pacelli’s Vatican government played a central role in the escape of large numbers of Nazi war criminals, and were no doubt well paid for it.

    We are born gay, lesbian, transgendered. We are not born superstitious. That’s a lifestyle choice, a learned behavior. Catholic and other cultists ought to think long and hard about the political and historic reality of their cult and do what they can to wean themselves from it. You can change, they won’t change.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Apr 14, 2008 6:33:00 PM


  6. Two words: Read this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Vatican-Revolutionary-Life-Murders/dp/1425953093/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1208266712&sr=8-1

    Posted by: Hephaestion | Apr 15, 2008 9:51:53 AM


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