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GLBT Catholics Respond to Pope Benedict XVI's Homophobic attack

The Rainbow Sash Movement (GLBT Catholics) cannot help but react to the Pope's recent New Years homily with a mixture of outrage, shock and, for some GLBT Catholics at least, profound shame. At the New Year's Day mass at St Peter's Basilica he said that the traditional family was the foundation of world peace. He added: "We all aspire to live in peace, but real peace is not the simple conquest of man or the result of political agreements: it is above all a divine gift."

In an indirect but clear attack on civil unions and gay marriages the Pope said "The family is the primary agent of peace, and the negation or even restriction of rights of the family threatens the very foundations of peace." In Spain, one of a number of European countries where gay marriage is sanctioned, hundreds of thousands marched in a "Family Day" demonstration to defend traditional family values.

"Everything that serves to weaken the family based on the marriage of a man and a woman, everything that directly or indirectly stands in the way of its openness to the responsible acceptance of a new life, everything that obstructs its right to be primarily responsible for the education of its children, constitutes an obstacle on the road to peace," the Pope said.

This major preoccupation, by the Holy Sea, is yet another example of how out of touch they are with the Church outside of the Vatican, and how hypocritical the chief homophobe of the Vatican is in promoting the classification of Gay to mean "Got AIDS Yet." We think he protests to much.

Our response Pope Benedict is we are gay and black, gay and white, gay and yellow, red, and brown. We are gay and poor, gay and wealthy, gay and fundamentalist, gay and atheist, gay and Republican, gay and Democrat, gay and Muslim. We are physically challenged, we are young, we are parents and grandparents, we are in nursing homes, we are in the classroom, military, priesthood, Vatican, locker room, and halls of Congress. We have even occupied the Chair of Peter. We are everywhere -- always have been and always will be.

Family Values transcends the barriers of politics, religion, and culture what the pope promotes is a theology of hate that is reminiscent of his Nazi past.

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Joe Murray
US Convener
Rainbow Sash Movement


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