Skip to comments.Catholic archdiocese promotes Gay Pride ‘multi-faith’ service
Posted on 06/29/2017 11:47:25 AM PDT by ebb tide
Archbishop Martin Currie
NewsCatholic Church, HomosexualityThu Jun 29, 2017 - 10:00 am EST
ST. JOHNS, Newfoundland, June 29, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) A Canadian Catholic archdiocese has announced in its bulletin that a pro-homosexual Pride multi-faith service will take place next month at a Catholic retreat center run by religious sisters within the archdiocese.
A priest in the Archdiocese who is on the committee organizing the event has previously criticized Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality as embarrassing and as an attempt to suppress homosexuals who wish to live a more open, honest and healthier lifestyle.
The announcement titled Pride St. Johns Multi-faith Service appeared in the June 25 bulletin for the Archdiocese of St. John, Newfoundland, overseen by Archbishop Martin Currie.
As part of the St. Johns LGBTQ+ Pride Celebrations this year, there will be a second Multi-Faith Service. People of faith will come together to share their reflections on the theme: Moving Forward with Hope, states the bulletin.
We will have people from various faith traditions joining together to witness, share stories, sing hymns of joy and to celebrate our common desire to move forward with hope. Come join us in this moment of faith and hope to help us build our welcoming and loving community, it adds.
The announcement of the Pride multi-faith service in St. John's Archdiocesan bulletin.
The event is scheduled for July 13 at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, a Catholic retreat center run by the Presentation Sisters. St. Johns Pride, one of the provinces foremost pro-homosexual group, lists the pro-gay Multi-faith Service in their July calendar of events. The event is listed as being organized by an affiliate. Joanne Thompson, the retreat centers executive director, told LifeSiteNews that The Gathering Place has nothing to do with the event itself, except for providing a place for it to happen.
Fr. Paul Lundrigan, a committee member who is helping to organize the event and who is also the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish within the Archdiocese, told LifeSiteNews that the Pride Multi-Faith Service is an opportunity to come together and not teach doctrine or promote one point of view or another, but to listen and to share faith.
Asked if the event would have any place for the Christian teaching against homosexuality, especially as found in St. Pauls letter to the Romans where the Apostle speaks about homosexual acts as unnatural and shameless Fr. Lundrigan replied that the passage is not a clear condemnation of homosexuality."
There are some who feel differently about that, he said, adding that Biblical texts can be interpreted differently depending on the translation that you use as well as the cultural context in which the passage was written.
Asked if the Church should change its teaching about homosexual acts being objectively disordered and same-sex attraction being intrinsically disordered, Fr. Lundrigan replied: I dont think that [changing it] is necessarily a bad thing.
There are many things that people are questioning in the Church. I think it's a wonderful thing to have a dialogue, he added.
Fr. Lundrigan said the statement or wording of Catholic teaching on marriage as being between a male and a female is a small 't truth that can be open to interpretation.
It's not like this was a teaching that was established in the time of Christ, or in the first three centuries, or by the Council of Nicea, or even by the Council of Trent. It was just never considered. Its only in recent centuries there were actions taken, there were things that were said but there was no official teaching written down regarding these issues of sexuality, he said.
Fr. Lundrigan said that if the Holy Spirit were directing the Church under Pope Francis to change its teaching on homosexuality, then it would be wrong to fight against it.
This is not the first time Fr. Lundrigan has made statements about marriage and sexuality that do not align with what the Church teaches.
In 2003, Fr. Lundrigan was reprimanded by then-Archbishop Brendan O'Brien after criticizing in a Sunday sermon the Church's teaching on marriage being between a male and a female, not between two members of the same sex. He told CBC News at that time that he found it embarrassing to hear Canadian bishops speaking out against the governments homosexual marriage bill that he said would allow people to get on with their lives."
"So, while I cannot perform same-sex marriages, neither can I support the institution of the Roman Catholic Church in its efforts to suppress those who wish to live a more open, honest and healthier lifestyle, he said at that time.
LifeSiteNews asked Archbishop Currie by phone and email about using his bulletin to direct Catholics struggling with same-sex attraction to an event where Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage is dismissed. His secretary, Janet Stead, told LifeSiteNews that the Archbishop had received the communications but had no comment.
Archbishop Currie has a checkered past when it comes to Catholic teaching on homosexuality. He told CBC News in 2014 around the time of the Vatican Synod of the Family that he hoped the Church could find some accommodation where [same-sex] unions are accepted and respected and they can have a part in the church life.
Earlier this month, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Vaticans Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, wrote in a foreword to a book on the Christian understanding of homosexuality that it is a disservice to same-sex-attracted people to withhold Catholic teaching on sexuality.
[The Church teaches] things in the Catechism about homosexuality that some members of the clergy choose not to quote, including the clear warning: under no circumstances can [homosexual acts] be approved (CCC 2357), he wrote.
The respect and sensitivity to which the Catechism rightly calls us does not give us permission to deprive men and women who experience SSA (same-sex attraction) of the fullness of the Gospel. To omit the hard sayings of Christ and his Church is not charity, he added.
The Cardinals message is backed by the experience of same-sex-attracted Catholics who decided to live as active homosexuals after having their same-sex inclination and actions affirmed by dissenting pro-gay clergy.
Ex-homosexual David Prosen wrote this month that being told by a Catholic priest that he could have sexual relations with a man as long as the desire was based in love ultimately left him feeling hurt and abandoned by shepherds in my Church. The message conflicted with what he knew to be Catholic moral teaching and made it difficult for him to stay in a Church after he rediscovered Jesus Christ and give up his homosexual lifestyle.
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Is the Catholic church Catholic anymore?
This is what I meant.
Not while Francis sits in Rome
The church has been taken over with evil. Satan Pope is the main reason.
-—Fr. Lundrigan said that if the Holy Spirit were directing the Church under Pope Francis to change its teaching on homosexuality, then it would be wrong to fight against it.-—
News flash for ya Father - God is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Homosexuality is an abomination to Almighty God - always was and always will be.
But I agree there is most definitely a ‘spirit’ directing the (so-called) Pope, if you catch my drift...
This is what happens when a misguided (imo) congregation ignores that the Holy Bible warns that “bad company corrupts good character. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV).
Funny you say that because some years ago I made some personal choices and my old liberal, secular friends all left me.
...and my life is so much better without them.
I have been reading through Kings 1 and Kings 2. As any Bible reader know, it it a chronicle of the lineage of the kings of Israel and also subsequently Judah. The common thread is that virtually all did not follow the laws of God. Especially when it came to idolatry or the acquiescence thereof. But, God promised to keep the lineage of David but all to this point in Kings 2 14, all have fallen short.
One would think those whose only focused study should be the word of God could take a hint.
These Goofy Newfies, apparently not.
I am not a Catholic.
However, having been an adult long enough to have seen the long late Cardinal O’Connor on the television, and still alive today to see what the Catholic ‘organization’ has attempted to re-forge itself into, makes me wonder what “ol’ Card O’” might be saying in his closet??
The once staunch organization-reformer of Europe, that stood up to the Communists, the mohammedans, the Vikings, now warps like a wet dim sum noodle over queers.
I don’t suspect Satan as much as I do that Bergoglio is a schizophrenic socialist.
I say schizophrenic because why else would he have appointed a solid conservative like Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
As for his socialism, he did that to himself.
It’s too bad Dave Hunt is dead, he would have had a field day with this stuff.
These are the dark ages of the Catholic Church. Has it ever been this bad with foreboding and heresy?
Delusion getting thick, in USA
Imho, this is totally inappropriate. Inviting homosexuals in to pray or for pastoral or other assistance - yes- all are welcome ! Inviting them in to “crlebrate” their homosexual conduct — wrong! It’s nothing to be proud of, either. And it definitely isn’t the church’s role to applaud or encourage its continuation.
What parish in the Novus Ordo, post-Vatican II church hasn't had a "multi-faith" celebration? Even the parish I attended before going traditional was considered "conservative" and every year there was a Thanksgiving Interfaith Celebration! All part of the Vatican II false religion called Ecumenism!
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