Newark's pro-gay Cdl. Joseph Tobin permits a so-called Pride Mass to occur annually in the archdiocese. According to a promotional flier, the event supports so-called "LGBTQ brothers and sisters." Church Militant's William Mahoney has more on this year's pro-gay event and other events like it, possibly in a parish near you.
Named in honor of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, New Jersey, is now known better for its controversial "Pride Mass" than for the Blessed Virgin.
Slated for the end of this month, this year's so-called Pride Mass is the parish's fourth, the first one having been held in 2018.
That first year, Fr. Alexander Santora, the pastor, preached in his homily, "one's orientation is given. It's not a choice. ... And so, oppressing one's orientation is not healthy or good. But somehow our theology has to catch up with where the world is."
And Santora is not a lone wolf.
Just across the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan, St. Paul the Apostle Church is prepping for its so-called Pride Mass on the feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24.
Run by the Paulist Fathers with Fr. Rick Walsh as the pastor, the church also has a gay-friendly Mass every Sunday evening.
Other pro-gay churches in New York City include St. Francis of Assisi in Midtown, St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side and St. Francis Xavier in Chelsea.
Parishioners from some of these churches also march each June in the Pride Parade.
All this goes on under New York's Cdl. Timothy Dolan, who, in 2014, serving as grand marshall of the St. Patrick's Day parade, formally allowed, for the first time, a homosexual group to march in the parade.
These pro-gay pastors on the East Coast are not a lone pack.
Over in Lexington, Kentucky, under Bp. John Stowe, those in charge of the historic St. Paul Church in downtown Lexington have decorated the lawn with rainbow-colored doors and a sign that reads "Come out and come in."
JR Zerkowski: "We thought if we can do an installation that would become a topic of conversation, it wouldn’t just be a one-time event. ... The Catholic Church has not had a good record with LGBTQ persons."
Stowe himself kicked off Pride Month with a blessing service for so-called LGBTQ Catholics.
Bp. John Stowe: "Dear friends in the LGBTQ community, I offer a prayer of blessing for each of you during this annual celebration of pride."
While these priests and prelates celebrate gay pride, many Catholics are offering reparation to Jesus in this month dedicated to His Sacred Heart.
Wayward clerics also substitute the rainbow flag for the cross by establishing so-called LGBTQ faith-sharing groups at the parish. Bishops will permit the existence of these groups despite vociferous complaints from faithful Catholics.