Dialogue: Sincere or Cosmetic

Cardinal Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago recently honored the anniversary of “the Catholic Common Ground Initiative as a model for dialogue as reported by the National Catholic Reporter. The church must continue the dialogue started more than 20 years ago by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative — and it has a model for how to do dialogue well in Pope Francis, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said Sept. 29 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.


According to  NCR the Cardinal said ““Dialogue is not a dirty word; it’s our word,” Cupich told those gathered for the annual Msgr. Philip J. Murnion Lecture sponsored by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Murnion and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, archbishop of Chicago from 1982-1996, co-founded the initiative in 1996 to combat polarization in the church. The initiative is now housed at the Bernardin Center at CTU.


I could not agree more with the Cardinal . Even in the LGBTQ Community we see that dialogue has become a dirty word in some LGBTQ political quarters, with some activists sinking to public name calling of a Gay Politicians.

What I found interesting in this article written by by Heidi Schlumpf was this public invitation or not to the LGBTQ Community from the Cardinal “Cupich said he also has invited LGBT Catholics to come talk with him as part of his own desire for dialogue. “I want to know more about what’s happening in their life,” he said, adding that church language can dehumanize gay and lesbian people.”


We should take the Cardinal up on this invitation and groups such as the Rainbow Sash Movement, Dignity, New Ways Ministry, and the Chicago Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach should join hands to accept publically the Cardinals invitation for dialogue. There are differences in approach between these Roman Catholic Groups: however, there is no doubt in my mind that all of us seek respectful dialogue with our Church.


Joe Murray
Executive Directory
Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBTQ Roman Catholics)


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Rev. James Martins recent book Building a Bridge”

My take on Fr Martins book is it feels good. Nice words, a wonderful attempt to speak to the LGBTQ Catholic Community, and in turn the diversified LGBTQ community. I also applaud Fr. Martins attempt to bring healing and reconciliation to this very complex problem. In this he follows  others in the Church who sought to build “Common Ground” under the leadership of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernadine of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

As I read the book I found myself asking the same question over and over again, “why do we need such a bridge when we already have a bridge over troubled waters – Jesus Christ”. This bridge  was built by God, not by humans who are all to fragile, and imperfect. Why reinvent the wheel?

Those LBGTQ Roman Catholics I come in contact in the Rainbow Sash Movement ministry (LGBTQ Roman Catholics) share this view. We believe the tools are already in place to begin a respectful dialogue with the LGBTQ Catholic Community. What is lacking is the will and courage to take such a journey.

Fr Martins other points are covered in the “Sermon on the Mount”. However, one of his primary issues of concern seems to be about Hierarchal ego aka “Pride”. All of us struggle with this issue even Fr Martin. While Fr Martin may find this difficult to hear respect is a two way street. All we have to do is follow the Golden Rule.

As far as our Catholic Bishops are concerned I do not take Fr. Martin’s dim view that in order to gain their respect we have to kiss their ring.  The conversation on LGBTQ and welcome has started in the Church, and it began before Pope Francis. While Francis has effectively changed the tone of the conversation and has softened it nothing substantial has changed in the Church when it comes to LBGTQ Catholics.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey; Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life; and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, California have endorsed Fr. Martins new book.

In 1992 the founders of New Ways Ministry, Father Robert Nugent & Sister Jeannine Gramick, wrote Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church. In my opinion, Fr Martins book is just a repackaging of that book.

God Bless,

Joe Murray
Executive Director
Rainbow Sash Movement







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Irresponsible Religion and Pornography = homophobia

What do Religion and the lust aka pornography community have in common? In my opinion, both promote their brand of fantasy which is not based on any recognizable form of reality and is deadly for the Gay Community.

Both take note of the demise  of the gay sub culture as in its death throes rather than a evolutionary process being affected by many cultural currents that impacts directly on a  community whose sources has its roots in 60’s and 70’s. fondly remembered as the Stonewall era .

Yet what is happening with these two separate communities may be instructive for the broader society.

Both the Religious and Pornographic communities were responsive to extrinsic forces. While adherents in both communities would take issue with that observation. From a religious perspective all the fault can be laid at the feet of feminism. Some in religious communities see feminism as illustrative of the larger force shaping society and religion.

As for the Pornographic Community they wear the blinders of victim hood and dismiss the fact they ruin so many  young lives in their addictive film industry. Taking both young men and women in their mid 20’s to mid 30’s and discard them like garbage when they milked all their youth and energy and start to age. It might be added that the actors in their film industry do not make any contributions to their social security,  nor do they get other benefits such as medical benefits.

The religious community justifies discrimination in the name of God for gay and Straight people. For the Pope to say one day about Gay people “who am I to judge” and than the next day deny gay men ordination in the name of orthodoxy is just as injurious as what the pornography community do to young men and women in its film industry. It is a direct attack on their human dignity .

Neither  Community is healthy for the LGBTQ Community. Both are symptomatic of the endless quest for the youth culture that seems to be aligned with addiction, burn out, drug abuse  or suicide.

Sadly the gay media lacks the courage to address both issues on the same level.

John Anderson
Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBTQ) Roman Catholics


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False Clarity in Dogma does not Serve LGBT Catholics

The battle lines are drawn between conservative and liberal Catholics on the issue of Pope Frances latest Papal exhortation Amoris Laetita  The debate has been ragging since the Synod on the family which Pope Francis called.

Recently one of the mouth piece’s of the Catholic liberal media the National Catholic Reporter shot a shot across the bow of the National Catholic Register a conservative Catholic attacking the four Cardinals who have publicly questioned the faithfulness of Pope Francis on the issue of Communion for Divorced Catholics .

Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter said “I doubt that any bishop, including the four Cardinals, would be willing to lead a schism over the question of Communion for divorced Catholics. And even if they did very few people would follow them into Schism.”

The four Cardinals are Cardinals Brandmueller, Buckley, Cafferara and Meisner. All four recently published letter openly challenging Pope Francis  to clarify parts of Amoris Laetitia that they found to be part of the confusion. To date the Pope has not responded,.

On the heels of Thomas Reese’s article the National Catholic Register printed a column by  Monsignor Charles Pope titled “Catholic Teaching on Marriage and Communion is Unambiguous” in which he challenged the notion by a the National Catholic Reporter that there is some wiggle room because of Pope Francis Papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

Now I am sure reasonable readers are asking what does this have to do with LGBTQ Roman Catholics or for that matter with the Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM)? There is a cloud of confusion around the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics and communion like there is around the issue of Gay Marriage  in the Catholic Church. Some on both sides seem content on keeping this confusion in place rather than directly addressing this misinformation.  Even  within the GLBT press there appears to be a lazy journalistic  attitude covering anything Catholic rather than developing stories behind the world of Press Releases the easy thing to do is to either print Press Releases or just use quotes  without any journalistic creativity.

Remember in 2013 when Pope Francis made international headlines when talking of Gay Priests with his famous opinion  “who am I to judge?”  on his return trip from World Youth Day in Brazil.  That year, the Advocate even named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year.”

The Roman Catholic Church is opposed to divorced and remarried Catholics like it is opposed to giving LGBTQ Couples Communion. We can pine away about how things should be in the Church and continue our fantasy about being both Catholic and LGBTQ, or we can publicly identify ourselves and begin to engage in a authentic debate that is based on the daily realities  of being LGBTQ. Some think unlike the Rainbow Sash Movement this debate should not be public but rather handled privately for fear of causing scandal. The RSM unlike Dignity or New Ways Ministry believe a public witness within the Church is necessary.

The liberals in the Catholic Church are no more  friends to us than the Conservatives. Those of us who have “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” are categorically denied the opportunity to serve as Roman Catholic Priests,

And to know our LGBTQ-friendly pontiff,  approved the document has many of us in disbelief.

The Rev. Donald B. Cozens, author of The Changing Face of the Priesthood, wrote that with more than half the priests and seminarians being gay, the priesthood is becoming a gay profession. Many who know the interior of the Catholic Church would argue that the priesthood has for centuries been a gay profession, and not to ordain gay priests or to defrock them would drastically alter the spiritual life and daily livelihood of the church.

That is not to say there is not both good and compassionate people involved. it just means they are misguided and clueless about our daily lives.

Joe Murray
Executive Director
Rainbow Sash Movement

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Pastoral Flexibility

It is time to take a serious look at theological homophobia without bias, and hopefully with truth as our destination. Recently the Vatican again issued its statement why gay man with serious homosexual tendencies; whatever that means, should not be priests in the Roman Catholic Church. What’s wrong with that position outside of the fact that the clergy wear lavender as seamlessly as they do their clericalism.

Amoris Laetitia should have  theological application for Pastoral Flexibility if nothing else Certainly Pope Francis’s  the apostolic exhortation shows how messy life can become, and we should never sit in God’s judgement seat when it comes to sinners. Why cannot this approach to the divorced and remarried be applied to Gay Couples? How can any human agency know the state of anyone’s soul.

Remember Jesus went to Samaria where he was not suppose to go. I believe he showed that the living water of salvation is available to all without exception. Sadly when it comes to Pastoral Outreach by the Church to its LGBT members there appears to be a state of supreme messiness because of its dogmatic calisthenics

If change is going to take place let it happen out in the open under God’s clear sky.

Board of Directors
Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBTQ Catholics)






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Archbishop Cupich to become a Cardinal

Is this a opportunity to deal with ambiguity on the Church’s Teaching on the homosexual person. The Church is hemorrhaging when it comes to the LGBTQ Catholic Community members. I wonder if it is  possible for Archbishop Cupich to finally unmask the pious militant homophobia directed at the Church’s members

The Vatican has released its list of future Cardinals according to the Reuters “Pope Francis on Sunday promoted 17 Roman Catholic prelates from around the world to the high rank of cardinal, including 13 who are under 80 years old and thus eligible to succeed him one day.

Cardinals, who wear red hats and are known as “princes of the Church,” are the most senior members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy after the pope and serve as his principal advisers around the world and in the Vatican.

Archbishop Cupich has a wonderful opportunity to publicly condemn the sin of Homophobia as part of his elevation to Cardinal, and to engage in both public and private conversations which focus on bridge building, rather than erecting walls of misinformation when it comes to the LBGTQ Community.

The Rainbow Sash Movement calls for prayers that Cupich main gain the courage to go out into deep waters when it comes to the practice of Homophobia in Church

Joe Murray
Executive Director
Rainbow Sash Movement.



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LGBT Roman Catholics Condem the treatment of our Jewish sisters ad brothers at Creating Change Conference in Chicago

What recently happened in Chicago at the National LGBTQ Task Force   “Creating Change Conference” was a shame not only for the Task Force leadership, but also for the those organizations who endorsed this conference. That the Jewish Community participants were treated in such a irresponsible fashion, tells me that even in our own community the cancer of fascism is alive and well.

The Rainbow Sash Movement’s Board of Directors (LGBTQ) Roman Catholics, voted to publically condemn such behavior as out of step with the guiding principle of our movement, inclusion

We find such attacks on our Jewish brothers and sisters hard to understand regardless of what motivates such actions. We condemn them.  Simply put we believe it was an attempt to hijack the conference for sectarian political purposes. It is our hope that Task Force Leadership will publically condemn them also.

Contact Person:

Joe Murray
Executive Director
Rainbow Sash Movement


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