Is Dialogue Possible?

The Chicago Rainbow Sash Movement 



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East Coast Vs. Midwest Roman Catholic Leadership

Fortunate Families board of directors comes to Chicago. The Rainbow Sash Movement the only Roman Catholic LGBT organization headquartered in the Midwest welcomes them. We realize that Fortunate Families is part of a East Coast Coalition called Equally Blest. The question the Board of Directors of the Rainbow Sash Movement has for the Fortunate Families board is good works enough, what of Justice for our community?

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Pope Francis Must Condemn International Homophobia


The Rainbow Sash Movement believes that if the Synod of Bishops to take place in October is to have any real meaning, Pope Francis must condemn international homophobia as being anti life and anti-family.

Additionally, we are calling for the disciplining those African Bishops in both Uganda and Kenya who have actively engaged in the promotion of bigotry in the Church’s name. Their  support  of draconian laws whose only purposes are homophobic must be condemned as both anti Life and anti-family.

Board of Directors
Rainbow Sash Movement

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Cardinal George and Joe Murray, Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement Debate


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LGBT Catholics Reach out to Catholic Bishops on Immigration


There is no argument between the democrats and the republicans concerning the US failed immigration policy. So it is with great surprise that the US Catholic Bishops are jumping into the national discussion with both compassion and reason. Not a word has been mentioned about their pelvic obsession. So it is somewhat surprising that Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM)/LGBT Catholics) is finding itself in complete agreement that we have a humanitarian crisis at the US border with Mexico.

We (RSM) believe that our LGBT political leadership should be more involved in this issue than they presently are. Attempts to work with the Catholic Bishops where we can should be attempted as long as they do not single out LGBT families for condemnation when it comes immigration.

The RSM is calling for The Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT national organizations to condemn the current effort by certain politicians in the US House of Representatives to bully and demonize children who are seeking asylum, and to aggressively support the Hispanic Congressional Caucus and the Catholic Bishops in their efforts to focus on the needs of these children.

Joe Murray, Executive Director of the RSM said certainly there is enough blame to go around. The Republicans are blaming Obama for the flood of children at the border. The Catholic Bishops on the other hand see multiple interrelated factors contributing to the crisis. Further according to Migration Relief Services According to MRS, “Some of these factors include: a lack of strong social institutions and civil society support, abuse in the family stemming from pressure on family units due to violence and family separation, a lack of viable economic and educational opportunities, and environmental factors affecting crop production.”

But according to a delegation of bishops that visited Central America in November, “one overriding factor has played a decisive and forceful role in recent years: generalized violence at the state and local levels and a corresponding breakdown of the rule of law have threatened citizen security and created a culture of fear and hopelessness.”

Murray further said it is time for us to reach out to both the Catholic Bishops and Hispanic Congressional Caucus and supporters of immagration reform. We should make it clear that our concern is both the needs and protection of these border children.

Mary Ann Murphy
Rainbow Sash Movement

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Catholic Catechism does not deal with homophobia–Why???

The teaching of Catholic Church on the subject of homosexuality is caught in a paradox theologically. Is being LGBT a curse or a gift from God? The Catholic Catechism of the Church reflects what I refer to as the Mr. Hide and and Dr. Jekyll syndrome.

Before going any farther let us be perfectly clear on what the Church Teaches in this matter. The pillars of support are captured in the two documents issued by the Teaching Magisterium. I am specifically referring to the 1975 document Persona Humana. Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, and in 1986 a Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexuals. This document was the first time “moral disorder” was used in reference the LGBT people.

Clearly the first document in 1975 references the fact that the causes of homosexuality for both male and female is unknown. Yet does this document base itself on the knowledge of the day or is it caught up in the homoerotic clerical culture which is based on a closet mentality that promotes a “don’t ask don’t tell policy” a policy that is clearly unjust to most reasonable people.

The thinking of this clerical caste is that when you promote tolerance you become locked on a slipper slop to acceptance. They see the difference between homosexuality and heterosexuality not based on the ancient Church Teaching that we are all children of God, but rather that LGBT people are the lesser children. Perhaps this was the Achilles heel in their argument against LGBT Civil Rights, and one of the reasons they are loosing the debate in the public square.

The Church feels LGBT Rights should be a private matter and kept away from public view or even discussion. In other words even discussion with any who would identify proudly as LGBT people is strictly forbidden by this overriding clerical mentality. To even discuss homophobia in the Church is to set yourself on a heretical journey.

If Pope Francis is concerned about reaching out to LGBT people in and out of the Church he must be able to confront this unreasonable situation that infects so many bishops in the Church. To elevate silence as a response to the discussion of homophobia for fear of losing control is at best unchristian, and worst anti God that is if we believe we are all his children.

We hear much now about religious liberty as if Gay Rights is not only lesser child of God, but also lesser child of the US Constitution. Also, we are witnessing how legislation such as ENDA passed by the Senate is still waiting for a vote house. However, this legislation now becomes useless with all the religious exceptions built into it with the amendment process is useless for working class people and the poor. The Rainbow Sash Movement is glad to see that the majority of LGBT political leadership has pulled their support for this legislation based on the fact the we believe in Equality without Exception.

So the real question becomes is the current leadership of the Church able to deal with such a theological blind fold when it comes to homosexuality, or will it have the courage to honestly face this clerical mantle of homophobia and risk for the truth? In my opinion, this is what the Bishops Synod in the Vatican, about the family in October 2014, will tell us. Is there really anyway of resolving the conflicting message of love Vs. homophobia when it comes to expressing one’s gay identity.

Certainly we have learned from the Nazi experience when we make procreation a central identity of marriage we engage in purity of identity, and that the punitive measures presently used in the Church can only lead to more radical ones thereby upsetting the common good. 

As for the Rainbow Sash Movement we will continue to promote dialogue as long it is based in reason, without claims from either side that they need not listen. The only resolve to situation is honest dialogue. Entering into meaningful dialogue with LGBT Catholics who do not bye into the current don’t ask don’t tell policy of the Holy Office of the Doctrine of the faith is the only reasonable road ahead.

Clearly lay people in the Church are clamoring for both reform and change.

Bill O’Connor
Rainbow Sash Movement

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Press Release

For Immediate Release


Bigoted Catholics in the Archdiocese of New York Challenge Cardinal Dolan


The Rainbow Sash Movement LGBT Catholics wishes to commend two parishes in the Archdiocese of New York for their commitment to ministry that no one is forgotten in ministry. Because of this approach to pastoral outreach the LGBT community has been openly and honestly welcomed by St. Francis Xavier, and St. Francis of Assisi Parishes.


In response fundamentalist Catholics are going berserk and going as far as asking Catholics not to donate money to the Archdiocese of New York. These chastise Cardinal Dolan for plans to close down close to 50 parishes in the Archdiocese: however, these two parishes are not on the list for closure. Our sources at the Archdiocese inform us this is because the Archdiocese has no authority over these parishes the Franciscan Order has jurisdiction over them rather than the Archdiocese of New York or even Cardinal Dolan.


These fundamentalist Catholics are asking Catholics to stop donating money to the good works the Church provides for the poor because of Gay Ministries. This is certainly a new low for this group who call themselves Latin rite Catholics.


Joe Murray, Executive Director of the Rainbow Sash Movement said we encourage Catholics to continue their donations to the Church and not be taken in by these misguided Catholics who confuse the seed with the ground. Shame on them for their deceptive practices.


The Rainbow Sash Movement has at times been at odds with Cardinal Dolan, but in this matter we support his efforts to be responsible in the management of the Archdiocese of New York and its resources.


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Bill O’Connor
Rainbow Sash Movement

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