Pope Francis’ mixed signals on gay and transgender issues have allowed a noxious culture of freelance morality to overwhelm the clergy.
A prominent parish in the Archdiocese of Seattle is holding an interfaith Zoom event this weekend with the Santa Marta Center, an Anglican emergency shelter for LGBT youth and young adults in El Salvador. The shelter is funded by the United Nations and a New York-based LGBT nonprofit that gets most of its funding from New York state and the federal government.
The “cultural exchange,” hosted by St. Joseph Catholic Parish together with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, will celebrate LGBT stories and discuss the work of the Anglican Diocese of El Salvador in advancing LGBT rights. The encounter welcomes all “bi, trans, straight, and cis” participants, and will feature a half-hour segment on “queer liturgy and commemorative activity.”
According to its website, the Santa Marta Center, founded by the Sexual Diversity Ministry of the Episcopal Church of El Salvador, provides support and shelter for vulnerable LGBT youth and young adults in a country that remains “very hostile to LGBTIQ+ people.” The center is named for Saint Martha, who in Luke’s gospel “provides hospitality to Jesus while her sister Mary challenges gender roles and … cis-heteronormativity.” The ministry team cites the story of Martha and Mary as an example of how “Jesus liberates us from society’s expectations of gender.”
St. Joseph’s, a parish run by Jesuit priests, is also throwing an “after Mass pride picnic” on the last weekend of June for all families, friends, LGBT folks, and allies. Contrary to Scripture
The parish’s messaging defies Holy Scripture, the express teachings of Saints Peter and Paul, and 2000-plus years of Catholic Church doctrine. It violates the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which explains that the sixth commandment encompasses “the whole of human sexuality.” […]
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