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Thursday, June 24, 2010


Now that summer is here it is time for a weekend trip. This last weekend in June I will be going to Chicago to visit friends. It is also Pride Weekend in Chicago and the parade is Sunday. I do plan to attend with my friends.

Here are a few thoughts for Pride. After I watched President Obama speaking to the LGBT Pride Reception at the White House on Tuesday, June 22nd. , I knew once again why I voted for him. You can watch him here.  Obama gets it right.

One person who does not get it right, and I am sure who will not be seen at the Pride Parade will be Cardinal George. He will probably be hiding in his mansion. Lately I have been thinking about an evangelization strategy that goes something like this: “If the people you want to take the gospel to are dancing in the town square, you need to be dancing in the town square.” I am sure there will be dancing and many other festive activities this Sunday in Chicago in Boys Town.  I just want to say that I am grateful for all those who have ministered over the years to the GLBT community. I would add that the love talked about in the gospel is and will be very much a part of that celebration on Sunday even without his eminence.

1 comment:

  1. Wild,
    Your words, “If the people you want to take the gospel to are dancing in the town square, you need to be dancing in the town square.” express with deep feeling what it means to reach out with compassion and love. That's the Gospel message, not staying away from the marginalized.

    I don't know if you read my post about NYC Pride. To assume that gays automatically promote promiscuous sex is sinful rash judgment. Why prevent good Catholic gays from St Francis Xavier from witnessing to the fact that there are Catholic people and clergy, parishes, and organizations that support the gay community.

    Anyway, I don't think we will see in our lifetime but we know in what direction the Holy Spirit and societal trends are moving.

    The Vatican and the hierarchy as well as lay "Proclaimers of Certainties" can't really comprehend the inevitable movement toward freedom and equality. If they aren't careful to waken up, there will be no place for them at the table to recognize and respond to the new world.