Gay Catholics to be Muzzled When Pope Visits
HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer
The Archbishop of Philadelphia announced that Gay Roman Catholics are welcomed to attend the Pope’s scheduled September 2015 visit but will not be allowed to lobby or otherwise challenge the Church’s stance on homosexuality.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are sinful. In other words, gay is A-OK so long as you don’t do anything about it. Basically, you can be celibate or engage in non-sinful heterosexual acts.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is making a peremptory strike before the Pope’s September 2015 visit, in the face of the recent U. S. victories by the LGBT community, including but not limited to the national ratification of same-sex marriage by the U. S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on June 26, 2015. Homosexuals are welcomed to attend the Pope’s visit but may not use that opportunity to “attack” Church teachings.
The Pope’s upcoming visit will be the closing highlight of the World Meeting of Families, started by Pope John Paul in 1994 and convened every 3 years in a different city. Aimed at addressing family issues, the latest World Meeting of Families will convene in Philadelphia on September 22-27, 2015. Pope Francis I, who is scheduled to visit Cuba, New York and Washington, will attend the World Meeting of Families on its final 2 days and will end the Meeting by celebrating Mass on the City’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The World Meeting of Families is expected to allow one gay Roman Catholic, Ron Belgau, hold a workshop on “a faithful and orthodox response to the challenge of homosexuality,” which sounds an awful lot like celibacy to me. Meanwhile, the LGBT community challenges the Church teaching on homosexuality, believing it robs them of the intimacy that is an important aspect of a loving relationship.
The World Meeting of Families is expected to have 15,000 attend its workshops and hear lectures, and up to 2 million attend the Pope’s Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Given the Archbishop’s directive, one can easily anticipate that some Gay Roman Catholics will boycott, others will protest and still others will quietly attend.
By Kathy Catanzarite
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