sashes to ashes

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 05, 2005

Archbishop Harry Flynn takes half a stand (via Amy Welborn).

Therefore, this is to notify you and the other members of the Minnesota Rainbow Sash group that I am asking you to remove your sashes before you receive Holy Communion. I ask you to observe this sign of respect for the Eucharist not only in the Cathedral but in all our parishes. No one wearing the sash will be permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Now that wasn't so hard, was it?

The fiction, a least for this Pentecost, is that the sash displayed in the pews is purely a fashion choice, and only becomes a statement of dissent when worn in the communion line. That relegates the sash-flashers to the status of curious interlopers -- false, but a lie the bishops can live with until an ill-conditioned worshiper with a swastika armband calls their bluff.

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  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 8:52 AM ET USA

    I wonder if his elbow is sore from having it bent into his ear?

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 6:09 AM ET USA

    Flynn claims to have just grasped the blindingly obvious point: RSM adherents ARE IN OPEN CONFLICT WITH CHURCH TEACHING!! (Quelle suprise!) His remedy is apparently to allow those in non-public conflict to receive communion, as though by ostentatiously removing their sashes in the pews, they thereby shed their political ideology. D is right again: pure, convenient fiction.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - May. 06, 2005 1:34 AM ET USA

    Does Abp. Flynn mean that a Rainbow Sodomite Movement person can actually wear a sash in church? Or further: you can wear the sash in the line for Holy Communion, then, "before you receive Holy Communion," you can remove the sash, tuck it in your back pocket; then receive Holy Eucharist; then, as you return to your pew, you can immediately display the sash? Nahhh, a Successor to the Apostles wouldn't really mean that. Enough of the Flynn-flam. Another early retirement on the rainbow horizon.

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2005 12:00 AM ET USA

    It seems that mendacious casuistry is the guiding principle of episcopal governance in the Church. Bishops seem willing to go to any lengths to lower the stakes when it comes to matters of faith, morals, and discipline as it relates to the tenets and effects of the sexual revolution. The impression is that liberation from sin & the salvation of souls is not really something to get worked up about. When pastors pit compassion against truth, it is clear the pastors no longer believe in the Truth.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2005 8:41 PM ET USA

    Stupefying. With all due respect, Archbishop Flynn, either allow them in the church with the sashes or turn them away at the door. This is a baby that Solomon can't split.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2005 5:23 PM ET USA

    Interesting. We have a new Pope, and he elevated Cardinal Arinze how many days ago? Suddenly, in Minnesota, a Bishop has added some moral fiber to his diet.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2005 3:51 PM ET USA

    So, in Bishop Flynns comic world the sash possesses a magical power like kryptonite that offends Our Lord or is it that Our Lord is only offended when a multi-colored cloth is draped over the shoulder of effeminate men. But...if the person removes the sash immediately prior to receiving communion as per the Bishops instruction and wears it on his right sleeve all is forgiven. I think he needs to promulgate a letter defining "to wear" and then everything will be perfectly clear.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - May. 05, 2005 2:52 PM ET USA

    Not hard at all! And he can also claim having the consolation of the truth! Now, as to his call for tax hikes, maybe this figured in...I mean it's not good to have one MORE thing to provoke folks from having a little "Boston tea party" of their own and throwing him into the harbor. Is there precedence for a Bp. to testify on behalf of raising taxes?