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Parishioners hold gay pride service outside church


Days after the Boston archdiocese postponed a Mass in support of Gay Pride Month at St Cecilia’s parish, hundreds of parishioners held a prayer service outside the church to encourage people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to feel welcome.

“We are concerned for those who do not feel welcomed,” said John Kelly, chairman of the church’s Rainbow Ministry, which sponsored the service, the Boston Herald reports. “To you we say, come join us, this loving community, where all are welcome!”

The postponed Mass is now scheduled for 11 a.m. on July 10.


Back Bay parishioners hold Gay Pride prayer service


St Cecilia’s Parish, Boston



  1. Jim says:

    I am gay and a sacristan in my parish which I love and support. I have never felt unwelcome or unaccepted in any Catholic Church. I accept and believe the teachings of the Church on same-sex orientation and embrace them wholeheartedly, because they represent Divine truth, and the truth sets one free.

    Orientation alone is morally neutral; it is behavior inconsistent with God’s plan for sexual expression that must be avoided. If you read paragraphs 2357-2359 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you will find Truth and compassion, devoid of any condemnation of the 1-2 % of the population who through no fault of their own find themselves permanently different in this way.

    I know some feel unwelcome because of their condition, but I don’t. Because we are Christians, our churches are places called to show all God’s children love and respect. This is completely consistent with accepting Church teachings and Divine truth.

  2. Eileen Kovatch says:

    While a schism is developing in the Catholic Church over some of these social issues, the Bishops get together to talk about when new liturgical music can be introduced. Why do people who are born gay have such a struggle to come to grips with their sexuality? Think it might have something to do with “Christian” condemnation of who they are?

  3. Dave in San Juan Capistrano CA says:

    It seems that the only clergy that has advised the faithful of the Catholic Church position on Homosexuality publicly (by reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church to his audience) is Father John Coropi. What ever happened to him?

  4. Marilyn Bose says:

    I believe that it would be wrong to encourage those with these sexual misinterpretations to be encouraged in the evil of their practices. The life style is unhealthy. We do not condemn them as people, we need to lead them in love to live fruitful lives in accordance with natural law instituted by God. It will lead them to true happiness. May God bless them and give them the grace to lead good lives.

    • Bill F says:

      Hmmm. Homosexuality has been in all cultures, and countries since recorded history. Homosexuality is seen ins 450 species. That’s part of the natural law.


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