Monday, June 28, 2010

Dolan Forced Gay-Friendly Catholic Parish to March with Nameless Banner in Pride Parade

Banner Bashing Timothy Dolan via SILive/AP

     When he's not busy working his way up to cardinal by defending Pope Benedict's handling of priest rapists, he's picking on the gay friendly parish of St. Francis Xavier and their gay-friendly outreach at New York's Pride parade.

     In a letter to his parish, Father Joseph Costatino wrote:
     In past years, a group of parishioners from our parish who are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gendered (LGBT) Ministries have participated in the Gay Pride March. They displayed a banner identifying themselves as parishioners of St. Francis Xavier parish. This year, Archbishop Dolan has requested that this group refrain from displaying the parish banner as they March.The participation of parishioners in the March provides an opportunity to spread the message of God’s unconditional love and thus is a form of evangelization... Nevertheless, the display of the parish banner may give the false impression that the parish is somehow serving as a sponsoring organization or officially endorsing other sentiments that may appear in the course of the March.  Avoiding such confusion is the motivation for the Archbishop’s request.
+Tim Smoking out the Masses via Church Times
     Dolan wouldn't want Catholics to be seen or identified with "sinners."  That would be too much like that crazy Jesus, who surrounded himself with "sinners," befriended them, and supposedly died for them.

     Dolan is a homophobic hypocrite and needs to lay off the incense and lace for a while.

     The news report embedded below tells the story of +Tim's telling the group from Francis Xavier to march with their anonymous (Catholic-friendly) banner.