HOBOKEN, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) A Hoboken, New Jersey priest is gearing up for his parish's second annual LGBTQ Pride Mass on June 30. Parishioners are encouraging others to join their protest on the parish's online comment forum.
Church Militant reported on Fr. Alexander Santora, pastor of Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, this past January. The story documented Santora's long history of promoting a pro-LGTBQ agenda in his parish, presumably with the full knowledge of Cdl. Joseph Tobin, head of the archdiocese of Newark.
An email flyer forwarded to Church Militant announces another Pride Mass at Our Lady of Grace.
The inaugural event was captured on video and posted online.
In it, Santora walks the Mass attendees through basic instructions, including the location of bathrooms, and delivers a homily that explicitly commends Cdl. Tobin for granting permission for a pro-LGBT pilgrimage and Mass that took place at Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in May 2017: "And then we are blessed with Cardinal Tobin, our Archbishop, who little over a year ago, through the efforts of David Harvie, who is here today, welcomed our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters and transgendered into the Cathedral to celebrate for the first time, a pilgrimage mass."
After commenting, "These are important historic moments for us," Santora goes on to challenge Catholic official teaching as "antiquated."
Santora's homily continues: "The church has to move into a new direction" and asserts, "If we focus on moral issues that divide us, we never become what Jesus envisioned us to be: one family, one people of God."
He compares Pope Francis' oft-quoted comment — "Who am I to judge" — to the work of John the Baptist to underscore Santora's belief the Church needs to move in a new direction.
"Suppressing orientation isn't healthy or good," he concludes. "Somewhere our theology needs to catch up. Later, Santora says he'll say a special blessing at the end of the Mass for those wishing to receive it prior to attending Hoboken's gay parade that same day.
Santora has been a longtime outspoken advocate for LGBTQ issues, but, increasingly, has become a foil of Church Militant foil, going so far as calling this apostolate "cowards" for its past reporting on his pro-homosexual and transgender activities.
I thank Church Militant for showcasing my pastoral leaning in sexuality and for chronicling my Twitter feed on Trump's disastrous presidency. And for putting me in good company with Cardinal @CardinalJWTobin, perhaps the first American to be Pope. https://t.co/dDYqaa3GIX— Alexander M. Santora (@padrehoboken) January 26, 2019