Rainbow Sash Movement Wants To Start National Coming Out Day For Catholic Priests

October 11 is National Coming Out Day, but if the Rainbow Sash Movement has its way, Catholic clergy will be coming out as gay a week earlier, on October 4.

The Movement, a pro-LGBT Catholic organization, chose the date because it’s the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the prime saints in Catholicism, and a Christian who embrace tolerance and diversity:

“The 13th-century saint is well known for talking with animals and hugging lepers, but he also befriended an Islamic sultan,” spokesperson Bill O’Connor said in a statement. “St. Francis nursed the outcast with compassion as Jesus before him. He responded with love to all who sought him out.

In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.'”

October 4 is also when Bishop Salvatore Cordileone gets installed as the Archbishop of San Francisco. (He was the Church’s go-to guy for promoting and funding Prop 8.)

Wouldn’t it be great if instead of crossing our fingers that these closeted clerics found their balls, October 4 was when all the guys they’ve slept with on the down-low stood up and post their photos, texts, profiles and dirty emails?

It would make for one hell of a Sunday Mass.