The Battle for Pentecost

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 26, 2004


[St. Harvey Milk, by iconographer Robert Lentz, O.F.M]

Gay Catholics are planning to make Pentecost Sunday into an agit-prop fest by presenting themselves for communion wearing rainbow sashes. Chicago's Cardinal George has instructed his priests to refuse them, and his reasoning is dead on target (thanks to Otto-da-Fe for the link):

Tthe cardinal wrote that wearing the sash indicates disagreement with church teaching that gay sexual relations are sinful, and therefore those who wear the sash should not receive communion.

"The Rainbow Sash movement wants its members to be fully accepted in the Church not on the same conditions as any Catholic, but precisely as gay," the cardinal wrote. "With this comes the requirement that the Church change her moral teaching which is from the Lord and his Apostles."

The overall strategy is not in doubt. In the short term, gays want to do to Pentecost what rad-fems have done to Valentine's Day (with the annual V Monologues controversy) -- i.e., to overwhelm the traditional meaning of the feast with political shock tactics so that, by a kind of Pavlovian stimulus-response, to think of Pentecost is to think of rainbow sashes is to think of gays is to think of ... herpes simplex, or Rembert's Nantucket Dream.

Will gays succeed in soiling the idea of Pentecost? Probably not. But anyone who thinks that their assaults on the Church will fizzle and fade away has not been paying attention. It's war. It's going to be with us a long time.

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  • Posted by: - May. 29, 2004 3:05 PM ET USA

    Anathema on those who wear the rainbow sash and present themselves. I will not tolerate it in my parish, I will confront any who try to profane the Eucharist. I will be as militant as they are, they push for change, I will push for things to stay true to the Gospel. I have to turn the other cheek if struck but that does not mean I have to move out of the way.

  • Posted by: - May. 28, 2004 11:01 PM ET USA

    Tomorrow morning I will assist at the first Mass of a newly ordained priest of the FSSP--in the Cathedral of the Tulsa Diocese. It will be the first Tridentine Mass celebrated there in nine years, as I understand. There is hope, folks, despite the widespread madness.

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2004 7:13 PM ET USA

    Cardinal George Recently Ordained two young men from the Society of St. John Cantius. the Mass was in Latin, the Sacred music was inspirational and having found a Parish that is this Catholic it is a tall order indeed to go somewhere else to put my own soul in danger. to the people who stay in those parishes that challenge your faith every day , I say more prayer to you for walking that dangerous path but as for me I will support the "traditional" parishes and pray for all the rest.

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2004 11:05 AM ET USA

    Aussie - I'm not running "away" from anything. I'm running "to" Someone where I can find and actually worship Him in peace. The alternative may be "valid," but it sure isn't healthy (at least not for regular consumption).

  • Posted by: - May. 27, 2004 2:24 AM ET USA

    As an Eastern Catholic I am disgusted with the "icon" of Harvey Milk. It is offensive to say the least, that "iconographer" produced a painting (not icon) of a person who was against the teachings of the Church. According to Eastern tradition, Icons are not personal expressions of an artist's sentiments, but an affirmation of the authentic teaching of the Church. A true icon is in full accord with the faith of the church. By the way he also did ones of Ghandi, Martin Luther King, etc

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 7:15 PM ET USA

    Sorry Minidoc. Your solution is to run away to a traditional Latin Mass so as not to see a rainbow sash! Surely it is more important to protest against these open sodomites and their supporters. Where they have appeared here in Australia they have been turned away from Communion - but then Cardinal Pell is an entirely different man to your Cardinal Mahony. The media were there to show the "intolerance" of the Catholic Church but they have forgotten it now, it's not news any more. Any rainbow sashes, if they appear, are still turned away.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 5:47 PM ET USA

    Hey, folks: I'll go you one better. Our former ordinary showed up for a Confirmation a couple of years ago wearing a chasuble that wasn't a single color. In fact, it had horizontal multicolor wavy lines on a white background. Now that I think about it, it looked a little like a rainbow sash. Say, you don't suppose...? Oh, this bishop's replacement? Bishop Michael Sheridan. Thank God!

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 2:36 PM ET USA

    Kate ... it's time to find yourself a traditional Latin Mass. In 25 years of attending the Latin Mass everywhere from cathedrals to hotel rooms, I've yet to ever see a Rainbow hanging near the altar or a Rainbow Sash member kneeling for Holy Communion! Benedicite.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 1:28 PM ET USA

    I think I am going to be, no I am sure I am sick to my stomach.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 12:33 PM ET USA

    What is just as disturbing is the modern departure from true veneration of the saints according to the ancient Eastern tradition, as represented in Robert Lentz' trendy celebrity portraits.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 11:23 AM ET USA

    Patriot 6908, you are right on target! Great insight.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 9:14 AM ET USA

    Another nauseating image. I think I'll go count the number of rainbow sashes in the communion line this Sunday. One recent Sunday I watched a known lesbian march up the nave in procession carrying the Gospels, and then give one of the readings. We've had a rainbow banner next to the sanctuary all Eastertide. Complaints about this bring blank looks and lectures about being non-judgmental. Who knows: maybe the satanic icon here displayed will turn up in the foyer.

  • Posted by: - May. 26, 2004 8:00 AM ET USA

    We better believe that it is war, and that it's going to be a messy, mean, vile war for a long time. The other side will not accept anything less than total victory. And victory means the destruction of the United States from within. We would become a totalitarian system controlled by the politically correct for the benefit of degenerate sexuality and psychobabble politics. And then, we'd be quite easy pickings for the Al Quedas who will wait as long as it takes for the US to decompose.