From today’s Boston Globe:
“The wording and placement of a bulletin notice announcing that the St. Cecilia Rainbow Ministry will be joining the parish at a Mass on June 19 may have given the unintended impression that the Mass is in support of Gay Pride Week; it is not,’’ said Terrence C. Donilon, a spokesman for the archdiocese.
Over the past ten years, attendance at Catholic masses has plumeted in Boston. The Church recently responded with TV commercials aired during the winter showing formerly alienated Catholics happily reunited with their church.
However, in the midst of this outreach, the Church continues to drive certain members out. St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay section of the city has attracted a gay following. This week it announced a mass to celebrate its gay members but was ordered to clarify the intent of the mass by the archdiocese.
When asked about the clarification, one church member applauded it saying, the church could not support gay pride because “pride is a sin.”
That statement is the product of a particularly unsubtle mind. Pride in the case of gay people is not boastful arrogance but a refusal to accept shame.
At best, when dealing with something on the level of God, “we see through a mirror darkly…”
To do otherwise, is prideful in the biblical sense, of which the Church leadership is frequently guilty.