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Roman Catholic Priest, still in reasonalby good standing; aka: eminence, the emeritis cardinal archbishop of HGN

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cincinnati Pride

Yesterday was a wonderful day. I went to the Pride celebration in Cincinnati with a long time friend. I have been back here almost four years. I was hoping to see a familiar face. I was not disappointed. A friend from long ago recognized the person I was with. We were all connected back years ago by our participation in Dignity. I got to meet the partner of the friend of my friend .

I was impressed with the youth of the crowd. Many are probably decades younger. We happened upon a speaker at the main podium who was a trans person. I listened for awhile and could hear her struggles. Yet, yesterday was a moment the oppressed finally were lifted up beyond all the ignorant and the haters. 

Cincinnati was in the national spotlight when another trans person who was rejected by her parents committed suicide by walking in front of a semi on an interstate highway this past spring. Even the conservative Cincinnati Enquirer took up Leelah Alcorn's cause.

Cincinnati Enquirer's Story About Leelah Alcorn

I saw one man in a roman collar with another in a franciscan habit in a wheelchair. I did not recognized them. When they left, there was a gaggle of other men folk, I assumed priests in chivies, who left together. 

We walked by three protesters on the way to Sawyer Point who were from Fred Phelps' infamous so called church with their sign that God hates fags.Later there was a group of evangelicals trying to engage the crowd. Both the evangelicals and a small group from the crowd were yelling to each other that they loved one another. I've decided it is pretty hopeless to try and engage evangelicals like this in a serious discussion. I walked by them with my friend and raised my hand in a priestly blessing for them...and the only words that came with my hand raised as I made the sign of the cross were: "Bénedic, Dómine, nos et haectua dona quae..." It's the blessing before a meal.

We were on our way to buy a beer;  but in  conservative Cincinnati that is starting to grow up, you have to buy tickets to take to the beer place before you get a beer. As fate would have it I was in the slowest line to get the tickets. However there was a very handsome man distributing the tickets in my line. He seemed to be taking a long time as he was talking to all the patrons. I decided when I got there, I would engage him in conversation. I noticed on his tee shirt that there was the name of what looked like a law firm. So I asked if he was a lawyer. He said "no."  Then, he added he was one of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court Obergefell law suit. He was working as a volunteer for the Pride event. I simply said that this must be a wonderful day for you and offered him my congratulations.

By the way....Jim Obergefell is from Cincinnati. Mr. Obergefell got a call from President Obama on the occasion of this victory for equal rights.

President Obama Calls Jim Obergefell

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Small Steps, That's About All You Can Do When You're In A Pool Of Allegators

"Archbishop Blase Cupich, chosen by Francis last fall as Chicago archbishop, noted the effort U.S. bishops have made on behalf of  'individual employers, secular employers,' with religious objections to some laws. He argued church leaders should give equal ranking to changing U.S. immigration policy in their planning for the years ahead."  abc news...Nothing about GLBTQ issues, marriage equality , clergy sexual abuse, or the new  accountability of bishops.
abc news story

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Bigots Can't Get It Right On The Irish Vote

Just Ignorant

The folks at Westboro Baptist Church were out to damn the Irish, but got the colors and flags mixed up. No wonder the Westboro Baptist  can't discern between sin and love.

A link to Westboro's stupidity.

religious bigots' stupidity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Irish Vote..."A Defeat For Humanity" Really?

One more reflection on Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s comment on the “yes” vote in Ireland for marriage equality calling it a “defeat for humanity.”
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, The Vatican Secretary of State and Pope Francis

“I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.” Guardian

This quote from Fintan O’Toole writing in the Irish Times about Ireland’s vote for marriage equality highlights a problem for clergy like Cardinal Parolin who said the Irish vote was a “defeat for humanity.” The cardinal’s comment shows a lack of grounding in reality and experience which is supposed to be the church’s starting point for reflection. Add to that the Roman Catholic Church’s long time aversion to begin any serious and meaningful discussion with gay and lesbian people indicates to me that Rome has isolated itself on this issue and lives in a vacuum. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin seems right to wonder if the church has lost young people. The size of the “yes” vote seems to me that the church may be losing more than just the young people.

From all the commentary I have read on the Irish vote, this is my favorite quote from the article by Fintan O’Toole.

“...Deep down, it’s a victory for halting, fretful speech. How? Because what actually changed Ireland over the last two decades is hundreds of thousands of painful, stammered conversations that began with the dreaded words ‘I have something to tell you…’ It’s all those moments of coming out around kitchen tables, tentative words punctuated by sobs and sighs, by cold silences and fearful hesitations. Those awkward, unhappy, often unfinished conversations are where the truths articulated so eloquently in the campaign were first uttered. And it was through them that gay men and lesbians became Us, our children, our families.”

Here is a link to the article, "Ireland has left 'tolerance' far behind, which appeared in the Monday, May 25th. edition of the Irish Times. It is worth reading.