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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Politics that Demonizes Humanity

We live a political time that is being shaped not by reason, but rather a general anger for big government, contempt for political correctness, and the use of language that seeks to divide rather than unit. This is a time of both hope and fear for our country.

These politicians would have you believe this is about being a Democrat, Republic, or Independent nothing could be farther from the truth. The Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBT Roman Catholics) believes our choice is simple life or death. Choose life!

Religion has only distorted, and heightened the lack of unity, and doing it in the name of religious liberty, something it must eventually bow its head and ask forgiveness for. Even the Little Sisters of the Poor have been dragged into this Circus of hate.

This division has done nothing for our national progress other than to bring our Congress to a standstill, and put on hold those efforts in our society to build up our national integrity, and forget those in our national landscape who are either the working poor, homeless, widowed, orphaned, or because of old age find themselves isolated, and not capable of taking care of their well being.

The only solutions offered to these situations are building walls on our southern borders, closing our borders to a immigrant populations whose religion are not Christian and thereby cutting off what has made us a great and compassionate nation in the past.

Even our own Catholic Bishops have done little to bridge the great divide. Their obsession with a few issues has locked them away from reason, blinded their vision to serve the poor and the outcast; putting these obsessions ahead of the needs of the poor and the outcast.

We are calling for prayer during this time, and a return to a healthy national discourse.

Board of Directors
Rainbow Sash Movement

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Archbishop Cupich Responds to Rainbow Sash Movement’s open letter

The following letter is Archbishop Cupich’s response to the Rainbow Sash Movement correspondence to him.

This includes unmarried couples and/or married LGBT Couples?

The question that was put to Archbishop Cupich was straight forward. Will you welcome to the Eucharistic all the faithful.

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Open Letter to Archbishop Cupich



Archbishop Blase Cupich
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611You’re Grace:  

Your Grace: 

Merry Christmas! 

My intention in writing this public letter to you is to gain clarity from you as both shepherd and teacher in Archdiocese of Chicago concerning some of your public pronouncements on LGBT people in the Church. 

While I am both Gay and Catholic, the later has been more difficult to maintain in a Church that shows public hostility to LGBT people. Such an environment can only further foster misunderstanding at best and un-justified discrimination at worst.  Morally it makes no difference if this is done intentionally, or not. 

Recently you attended the Synod on the Family in Rome; you have said things that both confuse, and give my pause for hope. It is not my intention to put words into your mouth rather to ask for clarification of words you have already spoken.

“When people who are in good conscience working with a spiritual director come to a decision, then they need to follow that conscience. That’s the teaching of the Church. So in the case of people receiving Communion in situations that are irregular that also applies. The question then was: Does that apply to gay people? My answer was: they’re human beings too. They have a conscience. They have to follow their conscience.” 

“It’s not up to any minister who is distributing the Eucharist to make a decision about a person’s worthiness or lack of worthiness. That’s on the conscience of those individuals,”

Further you said: “They have to be able to have a formed conscience, understand the teaching of the Church, and work with a spiritual director and come to those decisions. And we have to respect that.” 

Like Pope Francis you have been the object of substantial criticism. This criticism has at times been unfair. Words can be used as weapons, and used as rocks and stones to demonize others by diminishing their reputation in order to belittle their position. Reasonable people of good will must condemn such behavior loudly and unequivocally when it tries to pass itself off pastoral care.  

In the spirit of understanding, and not wishing to take your words out of text and context, my goal is to seek clarity, precision and understanding. I hope you would agree with me that like race and gender, sexual orientation is not a choice, and should not be given such moral equivalency in our theology implied or not. 

So let me test my understanding with this question;  Do you welcome LGBT Married and un married couples to receive Holy Communion within the Archdiocese of Chicago, or not? The reason for this question is because in many Archdioceses such couples are being denied, based on Church Teaching. 

I pray for you as I hope you will for me. People of both good wills and reason can disagree. But before we can reach that point we must be willing to listen to each other respectfully.


Joe Murray
Executive Director
Rainbow Sash Movement (LGBT Roman Catholics)


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Synod on the Family ends

The Roman Catholic Synod on the family concludes itself this weekend. We have seen a brutalizing theological slugfest about the two hot button issues in the Church, and society, among the 270 bishops attending the conference. The idea that we are a unified Church without decisive fishers is in the past. The real struggle at the Synod on the family is the warfare between the Traditionalists and the Progressive Bishops. This has become a public slug fest that may have effects on the Church in the 21st Century..

Since the days of Vatican II the Traditionalist have ruled the roost: however, that has a possibility of changing giving the Progressive wing of the Church the upper hand. Don’t look for any change in Dogma, but look for a more focused discussion Pastoral Praxis. This may very well be the key of change at some point in the future.

I am very pleased with what is being reported about Archbishop Cupich resent comments, about gay couples. I would give both him and the Pope and the other Progressive Cardinals/Bishop a A plus on public relations.

An obvious sign of trouble came when the papal nuncio in Washington arranged for the Pope to meet Kim Davis The move has said to have embarrassed the Pope and scored a couple of points for the conservatives.

Another issue attracting a lot of attention is Cardinal Kasper’s proposal on the divorced and remarried Catholics. This like the question of homosexuality has got most of the African Bishops out of sorts. This is a real struggle between the third world church, and the Western Church. But I think both sides would agree world wide the family is in crisis.

According to Cardinal Burke, no friend of the LGBT Community, is “serious error” since it makes doctrine and pastoral practice appear to be in conflict with one another. In fact would not such a conflict tend to question the Church’s teaching on the homosexual person. Would this not be like a elephant given birth to a mice.

“The pastoral practice exists to help us to live the truths of the faith, to live the doctrine of the faith in our daily lives. You can’t have a conflict [between these],” said Burke in an interview with LifeSiteNews yesterday.

Mean while back in Chicago there may be good news for the Archdiocese Gay and Lesbian Outreach Ministry. Clearly Cupich’s recent statements have indicated he has made a healthy attempt to reach out and listen to LGBT Catholic Couples.

There is even some movement on the issue of ordaining women Deacons.

Let’s hope this Synod is not seen as a revolution in gestures and words, but not on substance. Now we must wait and see.

Joe Murray Executive Director Rainbow Sash Movement

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