A hush-hush Catholic mass geared toward gay parishioners is no more in San Antonio, with the 15-year program coming to an end after the interim archbishop caved to pressure to nix the service, which did not mesh with proper Catholic teachings or whatever.
The weekly Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church was the subject of periodic complaints to the archdiocese. But until last Sunday, the local hierarchy had declined to shut it down. A handful of local priests sympathetic to the gay and lesbian community had conducted the Mass.
Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú, the interim head of the archdiocese, told church officials the Mass conflicted with Catholic teaching because it was offered for the gay Catholic advocacy group, Dignity San Antonio. Part of the national organization, DignityUSA, it seeks the acceptance of alternative lifestyles in the Catholic Church. “The Mass … continues to send conflicting messages about the Church’s official teaching concerning the proper celebration of the Eucharist and living an active homosexual lifestyle,” Cantú wrote in an Oct. 13 letter to the St. Ann pastor, Father John Restrepo.
Which means gay Catholics who wish to continue worshiping at St. Ann’s will have no choice but to join the regular crowd on Sundays. Say goodbye to separate but equal, and say hello to sharing the pew with your neighborhood gays. [San Antonio Express News]