The parishioners in these parishes were not only deprived of the teachings of the Church like the rest of us, there was proactive baiting done by priests and parish yahoos. Several even had a hook-up dating service.
Ironically,by the end of his tenure here, Cardinal Law put the kibosh on it. I wouldn't say it completely went away, but the handful of diocesan priests who continued to deprive and bait gay Catholics to take pride in their sexual liaisons outside of the Sacrament of Marriage, the teachings were not overtly scandalized and the Liturgies devoted to Sacramentalizing sex completely went away.
LITURGY TO COMMEMORATE BOSTON GAY PRIDE MONTH 2011
The Rainbow Ministry of Saint Cecilia Parish invites all friends and supporters of the LGBT community to a Mass in celebration of Boston’s Pride Month. The liturgy will take place on Sunday evening, June 19, at six o’clock, with a reception following. The theme of the liturgy, “All Are Welcome,” honors Christ’s message of hope and salvation to all people. We will also celebrate the diverse community that finds its home at Saint Cecilia and acknowledge, in a special way, the generous and warm welcome extended to the members of the Jesuit Urban Center in 2007. The Mass will be celebrated by Father John Unni and concelebrated by several of the priests who faithfully ministered at the Jesuit Urban Center for so many years. Please plan to attend this special liturgy and support the diversity that makes Saint Cecilia such a special place.
I don't understand it, frankly, as there is no other Catholic having sex outside of the Sacrament of Marriage that is treated this way in the Catholic Church. None of us have to wonder what would happen to Fr. Unni if he advertised a Mass celebrating pride extramarital affairs or masturbation. But, after all, doesn't Cardinal O'Malley want to welcome them?
Priests leading parishioners to celebrate pride about sexual identity with a Sacred Liturgy is ludicrous.
There's a reason why nobody has ever heard of reaching out to disaffected heterosexuals struggling with Church teaching with a heterosexual pride ministry.
It's the antithesis of the priests role to lead a soul to right judgment. Right judgment is the vehicle to our salvation. Fr. Unni has been getting away with robbing Catholics of their salvation for a very, very long time.
While it isn't as hard to swallow the moral teachings of the Church for a heterosexual, it is no picnic. The teachings are what they are, like them or lump them. If you lump them, you don't enter the priesthood and mislead others to lump them. When you're a Cardinal, you don't select people who lump them as your advisors and do nothing and say nothing as hundreds of thousands of Catholics are being hoodwinked and robbed.
***UPDATE - A Boston Catholic who wrote to the CDF informed us that she was assured Cardinal Sean has sent out a communication to all pastors and will be issuing a media statement.
We can all pray that in the future, Fr. Unni's outreach will be in keeping with the teachings of the Church.