Chicago Catholic LGBT Community Divided over Cardinal George

A Time for Prayer and Integrity

A Time for Prayer and Integrity

The Archdiocese Gay and Lesbian Outreach (AGLO) will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary on June 16, 2013, Sunday, @ 7PM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Belmont Ave in the heart of Boystown.

The Chicago LGBT Roman Catholic Community is divided over whether Cardinal Francis George should be invited to this community Liturgy.

Without consultation of its membership or the vast majority of people that attend this liturgy, who are not members of the organization; the AGLO Board of Directors has chosen a reckless, divisive course of action by ignoring the reality of the Cardinals long, antagonistic, and biased relationship with the Chicago LGBT Community over the years, which in my opinion can only be attributed to a clueless mentality.

Most recently George’s pointed and very public attacks on Gay Marriage, Immigration reform which seeks protection for LGBT families’, and women’s ordination can only be understood in terms of bigotry. Those attacks have only harmed innocent members of our community, and beyond. Sadly the AGLO Board has chosen to be blind to these facts, and put their trust in the Cardinal’s pious prattle. He condemns those who Christ did not condemn.

Why is the AGLO Board of Directors so silent when the Cardinal asks of us to embrace Christ spirit by rejecting our God given ability to love? Or, even the promotion by the Cardinal of the ridiculous idea that AGLO supports celibacy for its membership? Homophobia whether external or internal is wrong.

The Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM) is calling the AGLO Board of Directors to join us in telling the Cardinal he is not welcome in our community as long as he promotes such negative messaging whose only reasonable outcomes will be violence directed at our community. Should he come to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on June 16 he will be met with open opposition.

Please do not use this sacred liturgy as a backdrop to celebrate your 25th Anniversary in such a disrespectful, disgraceful, and dismissive manner to the LGBT Community.

The Chicago Rainbow Sash Movement is calling on the Chicago AGLO Board of Directors to call on Cardinal George not to come to their 25th Anniversary.

RSM Board of Directors

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