Chicago’s Catholic LGBT Community Challenges new Archbishop to Dialogue

For Immediate Release

The Rainbow Sash Movement Invites Chicago’s new Archbishop to meet the political and religious leadership both Ecumenical and Intrafaith of LGBT Community In Chicago

The Rainbow Sash Movement welcomes the appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington as the next Archbishop of Chicago. The relationship between the Chicago’s LGBT Community and the Chicago Archdiocese can best be described as hostile over the years.

We recognize we have differences. The question uppermost on our minds is should we allow those differences to stop us from acting as good neighbors? Is it so bad to talk to each other in a respectful way?

On November 17 we will send a delegation to Holy Name Cathedral for the installation of the new Archbishop, the choice is simple for the new Archbishop welcome us or do not.. Is it possible for us to find Common Ground?.

Those in attendance will wear Rainbow Sashes a sign of self identification that we are LGBT Catholics. In past years we have been denied the Holy Eucharist at Holy Name Cathedral, we believe because of either misunderstanding or personal bias.

We believe that self Identification should never be confused with either negative or positive behavior of either sex or celibacy; our purpose is not to promote either, it is rather to worship God. .

Most recently Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York has supported the decision of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizing committee, on September 3, 2014  to include NBC’s LBGT employee’s group “Out at NBC” in the parade.

“He explained that he supports the decision to allow an LGBT group to march in the parade under its own banner for the first time this year because he has been told the group will not be advocating homosexual actions, but simply professing a gay identity, which does not violate Catholic teaching.” We agree with Cardinal Dolan. Is it possible for the Archdiocese of Chicago and Chicago’s LGBT Community to have a relationship that is respectful of our differences?

The answer will be found in whether the doors of Holy Name Cathedral are open or closed to our delegation. Bishop Cupich will you seek a new beginning with us, or will your return to the climate of hostility and anger ?.

RSM News Team

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