On October 13, the "Rainbow Sash Movement" (RSM) unveiled on its website the organization's plan to rally, march, and pray at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Springfield, IL:
The Rainbow Sash Movement is calling for silent prayer to begin
4:30PM just before the 5:15PM Mass at the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception. A Rosary for Marriage Equality will be
said in silence. By standing up in the Cathedral you will indicate
you are there to pray the rosary for Marriage Equality. Let us
come together as a spiritual family in prayer after the march.
What the RSM's leadership didn't expect is a militant bishop, in the person of Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, who was not going to let his cathedral be used for the purpose of mocking the Church.
After learning of the RSM's plan, Bishop Paprocki issued a video in which he stated:
The Rainbow Sash Movement has encouraged Roman Catholics
to come to Springfield to "have a loud Catholic presence for
marriage equality." They have announced plans to gather at the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 4:30 p.m., just before
the 5:15 p.m. Mass [on Oct. 22], to stand in the Cathedral and
indicate that they are there to pray the rosary for "marriage equality."
It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to
something holy. Since Jesus clearly taught that marriage as created
by God is a sacred institution between a man and a woman (see
Gospel of Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9), praying for same-sex
marriage should be seen as blasphemous, and as such will not be
permitted in the cathedral.
People wearing a rainbow sash or who otherwise identify themselves
as affiliated with the Rainbow Sash Movement will not be admitted into
the cathedral and anyone who gets up to pray for same-sex marriage
in the cathedral will be asked to leave.
Of course, our cathedral and parish churches are always open to
everyone who wishes to repent their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness.
Using the "b-word" ("praying for same-sex marriage should be seen as blasphemous") must surely have hurt the feelings of those associated with the RSM. But, according to the Springfield (IL) Journal Register, the fact that some of Springfield's finest were present at the Cathedral to deter the activists, such strong language seems to have caused RSM's leadership to drop the plan.
Let's face it: Today, it's not politically correct for leaders to confront advocacy groups--like the RSM--which lay claim to be gathering for what ostensibly are benign civil or religious purposes. Yet, when advocacy groups seek to gather in settings like Springfield's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception what they really are seeking is a forum to expose their malignant intent, to put a "thumb in the eye" of the institution where they have gathered to advocate their policies.
Warning the RSM leadership that he will tolerate none of that, let's hope that Bishop Paprocki provides courage to other religious leaders who live in fear of such advocacy groups and, instead, try to "make nice" with them. After all, would Planned Parenthood allow Catholics to pray the rosary inside of their abortion mills?
Let the discussion begin...
To view Bishop Paprocki's video, click on the following link:
To read the Springfield (IL) Journal Register article, click on the following link: