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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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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