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Sash Wars V: The Empire Slaps Back

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | May 02, 2005

It's nearly that time again. The Rainbow Sash Movement is gearing up for its Annual Pentecost Disruption ("This simple act is a public dialogue that counters those who promote hate in God's name..."), and we can pretty well anticipate the nature of the media coverage both pre- and post-stunt. It'll be interesting to see which bishops cave and which don't -- especially given Cardinal Arinze's clarification:

Rainbow Sash wearers, the Cardinal says, are showing their opposition to Church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given Holy Communion.

Notice the ambiguous Romanisms and hard-to-parse curial wording? Neither do I. Hint: look for "pastoral implementation."

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 04, 2005 1:34 AM ET USA

    There will be no Communion for RSMs in my parishes. I am a Roman Catholic priest & the pastor of 3 parishes. I love Jesus, His Church & the Holy Father. Sinner that I am, I will always & at all times strive by God's Grace to obey & follow Jesus, the Church & the Church's Teaching, & convey that to parishioners. Now, Abp. Flynn & Cdl. Mahony: are you doing so for your RC faithful? You promised obedience to the Holy Father when you were ordained. Maybe a note from Pope Benedict XVI will help you.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 03, 2005 10:02 AM ET USA

    Rumour has it that when they do the "Vatican elbow twist" to get recalcitrant clery to toe the orthodox line, someone in the back whispers: "Just say UNCLE, and we'll ease up!" Uncle D, you're about to switch roles from jaded political journalist to cheering sports journalist as you will have trouble counting the number of points racked up by Team Curia.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - May. 03, 2005 9:42 AM ET USA

    If this is such a serious matter then perhaps we should all strengthen our prayers with the sacrifice of not going to the theater to watch any movies for a set period of time, say 3 months. The subject line captured our attention as it was intended to thereby causing us to take note of an event in our particular parishes that may have escaped our attention and left us unprepared and unorganized for 15 May and the potential disruption of our Mass by these reprobates. Thanks Uncle Di'!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 02, 2005 10:12 PM ET USA

    Cute irony, Diogenes... In as much as I plan to see "Revenge of the Sith" when it comes out... (I'm addicted) along with a number of young people... However, "Star Wars" after all is a child's tale... Heaven and Hell and the true nature of love are not... I think I am auite reasonable in hoping that Benedict the XVI takes the subject with a bit more seriousness.

  • Posted by: Gene Church - May. 02, 2005 10:05 PM ET USA

    The Rainbow Sash wearers should be denied communion--plain and simple. When people question why pews are empty, it is not because we aren't open to allowing all diversity of thought--it is precisely because we are.

  • Posted by: www.inquisition.ca - May. 02, 2005 8:16 PM ET USA

    I have a confession to make: I've just renewed my subscription to Catholic World News, but just to be able to read "Uncle" Diogenes!

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2005 6:51 PM ET USA

    *Surely* some of these cathedrals have burly parishioners who can act as bouncers--er, I mean USHERS. That's how we handled the problem of disruption of Mass in the past.

  • Posted by: Dan 149 - May. 02, 2005 4:31 PM ET USA

    Go to the RSM website (if you can stand it) and click on "spirituality". You will notice that the spirituality is blank. Says it all.

  • Posted by: khall356141 - May. 02, 2005 4:17 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Mahony has already announced that Rainbow Sash wearers should "Come on down!" to the Taj Mahony, where he will happily welcome them in the communion line. I would love for someone to explain to me why he can get away with that.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - May. 02, 2005 3:36 PM ET USA

    In the good ol' days this type of disruption was stopped at the point of a sword. Now we can't even rely on civil law to stop this "disruption". In some dioceses such as Rochester, NY it's even championed by none other than the Bishop himself. I attend a Tridentine Mass in Washington DC and I'm willing to bet we won't see any attempts at dialogue at that Mass.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - May. 02, 2005 1:25 PM ET USA

    Since when is it "hate" to disagree with those who have a genital fixation on those of the same sex when the Church teaches that sex is reserved for a man and a woman together in a married state? Is it hate when one violates traffic laws and loses their license to drive? Cheapening the word hate also cheapens the word love. We love you, Ranibow Sashers, but you are not allowed to receive the Eucharist as long as you persist in sin and state so publicly.

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2005 12:38 PM ET USA

    Whatever happened to proportionality? RSM sympathizers cannot amount to more than 5% of the general population, so why all the wailing about their "pastoral care"? It's almost as though the authentic Catholic enters his/her favorite bookstore chain, and finds that the GLBT section is no longer confined to a small, unobtrusive section that one quickly bypasses, but rather has taken up 95% of the floor space. The genesis of the priesthood's undue solicitude toward the 5% is obvious: empathy.

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