Detroit Archbishop Allows Gay Mass

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by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 6, 2018   

Longest-running Dignity Mass continues under Abp. Allen Vigneron

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The archbishop of Detroit has allowed the longest-running Dignity Mass in the United States.

At Marygrove College in Detroit, a chapter of the pro-gay group has Mass every Sunday evening at Sacred Heart Chapel on campus. 

DignityUSA rejects Church teaching on chastity for those with same-sex attraction and has been condemned by Church officials.

Detroit's Dignity Mass has been around since 1974 — making it the longest-running gay Mass in the country.

After the archdiocese was called out in the media for offering the Masses in a diocesan parish, the group moved to the college's chapel in 1997.

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But Detroit's Abp. Allen Vigneron turns a blind eye to the dissident group's presence in his archdiocese. 

The archdiocese of Detroit has been an epicenter of theological dissent since at least the 1970s — when it was headed by Cdl. John Dearden. Dearden oversaw the beginnings of liberal dissident group Call to Action, which has pushed for female ordination, rampant liturgical abuses and defiance of Catholic teachings on marriage and family.

In 2013, Detroit Dignity celebrated its 39th anniversary. Notorious pro-gay bishop Thomas Gumbleton presided over the Mass commemorating the occasion, while Catholic faithful protested outside.

Archbishop Vigneron has countered Bp. Gumbleton in the past for his heterodox opinions on homosexuality, but has done little to get rid of the presence of Detroit Dignity.

 

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