Boston: archdiocesan-approved Mass for gays and lesbians takes place
July 11, 2011
With the approval of the Archdiocese of Boston, St. Cecilia parish devoted a Sunday Mass on July 9 to reaffirming that the parish “is a place of welcome for all, including the LGBT community.”
“This is not about taking a stand; it’s about standing in the right place,” said Father John Unni as he preached to what The Boston Globe described as “a standing-room-only crowd, larger than Easter Sunday’s.”
“Be with the outcasts,” Father Unni added. “Be with those relegated to the margins.” The pastor said in his homily that anyone who discouraged people from receiving the Eucharist is not preaching the Catholic faith.
The Mass, originally scheduled during gay pride month, was canceled at the archdiocese’s behest but later rescheduled with archdiocesan approval, according to the Globe.
“Our Church talks about coming home,’’ said Mayor Thomas Menino, who attended the Mass. “I want to make sure that we welcome everyone.”
- Gays, lesbians draw comfort, support from Catholic Mass (Boston Globe)
- Gay activists play major role in Boston parish (CWN, 6/27)
- ‘Gay pride’ Mass rescheduled in Boston (CWN, 6/20)
- Parish bulletin (St. Cecilia Parish)
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Posted by: hartwood01 -
Jul. 12, 2011 9:58 PM ET USA
So I can behave sinfully, bypass confession, receive Eucharist, and continue to behave in the same manner. What a mixed message for the faithful! I'm confused.
Posted by: FredC -
Jul. 12, 2011 9:11 PM ET USA
Does anyone have a summary of the homily? Does anyone know if the priest warned the people about receiving the Eucharist while living a homosexually active life?
Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 -
Jul. 12, 2011 8:48 AM ET USA
I bet pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Mayor Mumbles Menino received Communion at this Mass. This from the Archdiocese that also sent off Sen Kennedy in grand style.
Posted by: imanxufan9901 -
Jul. 12, 2011 6:40 AM ET USA
You got to be kidding me!
Posted by: frjpharrington3912 -
Jul. 12, 2011 12:09 AM ET USA
Last year in an address to a Human Life International conference Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura said, The “perennial discipline of the Church [has] prohibited the giving of Holy Communion or the granting of a Church funeral to those who persist after admonition in the grave violation of the moral law..." To be sure, Archbishop Burke was lamenting the scandal brought about by dissenting bishops and politicians who favor abortion and same sex marriage.
Posted by: williiam ronner -
Jul. 11, 2011 10:04 PM ET USA
I guess the good pastor didn't read St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians as he chided them for receiving the Body of Christ in a profane manner.
Posted by: -
Jul. 11, 2011 7:59 PM ET USA
What, no mention of any gay marriages taking place?!
Posted by: kathimcnamee11450 -
Jul. 11, 2011 6:44 PM ET USA
As the saying goes.."God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology". I am appalled at the caving in of our Catholic hierarchy instead of standing for God's truth. What a scandal this is................ "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world,especially Boston"!!!!!
Posted by: MAG -
Jul. 11, 2011 6:23 PM ET USA
Will the last Catholic in Boston please turn off the lights?
Posted by: Hal -
Jul. 11, 2011 6:02 PM ET USA
I am so exasperated with Cdl. O'Malley I could scream. Nothing is impossible with the Lord, but I'm beginning to think the Archdiocese is beyond salvaging. Does O'Malley have any idea at all that he's, you know, Catholic?
Posted by: Defender -
Jul. 11, 2011 5:54 PM ET USA
What's next, wiccans? Why can't those who disagree with the Church, move along? They can be Episcopalians, etc, all of which have turned away from what is written. We say we believe in certain things only to have things thrown in our faces and our Church leaders looking the other way. When will this stop?