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Boston archdiocese forces change in plans for 'Gay Pride' Mass

Catholic World News - June 13, 2011

The Boston archdiocese has forced an urban parish to cancel plans for a special Mass celebrating Gay Pride Month. But the pastor earned applause from his congregation with Sunday sermons welcoming homosexuals and lesbians.

“You are welcome here, gay or straight," Father John Unni told parishioners at St. Cecilia's church in a June 12 homily. "Here, you all can say, 'I can worship the God who made me as I am.'" While he denied endorsing the gay agenda, Father Unni left no doubt that he was uncomfortable with the postponement of the "Gay Pride" Mass and wished to reassure homosexual activists of his support.

A spokesman for the archdiocese said that an announcement in the previous week's parish bulletin, inviting people to the June 19 Mass to celebrate Gay Pride Month, "may have given the impression that the Mass is in support of Gay Pride Week. It is not." The Mass will be rescheduled, the archdiocesan spokesman said.

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  • Posted by: pauljworthington637024 - Jun. 14, 2011 11:20 AM ET USA

    All are welcome at ANY church. The acceptance, though, must come from the other side. You must accept what the Church teaches. The active homosexual men and women will not accept, but try to force us to accept their abberrant behaviour. It's a one way street with them.

  • Posted by: Steve214 - Jun. 14, 2011 7:09 AM ET USA

    And we wonder why Boston had problems with homosexual abuse.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jun. 13, 2011 8:05 PM ET USA

    Ah, the old dodge again: "I can worship the God who made me as I am". That is, since I was born with the homosexual desires I have now (really? got proof for that?), and God would never give me a characteristic that wasn't good, therefore my desires are good, too. So the Church is wrong and as I continue to indulge my desires through gay sex, I have nothing to repent of. Any priest who encourages that attitude will have a lotta splainin' to do later on.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2011 5:59 PM ET USA

    I wonder if this particular parish would have given a standing ovation to the announcement that the Mass they were attending was being offered to celebrate the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles. Ghost

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