Catholic Gay Activist Needs 'Courage'
By Matt Abbott
In a recent e-mail exchange with pro-life/pro-family activist Arlene Sawicki, Chicago's very own Catholic homosexual activist, Rick Garcia, political director of Equality Illinois (www.eqil.org), had this to say:
"I will type slowly so that maybe you might be able to understand this. Religious institutions enjoy special rights and special privileges under the US Constitution, our state constitution, and local ordinances. The recent amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act does not and cannot abridge these rights and privileges.
"Sixteen jurisdictions in Illinois include sexual orientation in local civil rights code and no religious institution has been harmed in any of those jurisdictions. Also, all of the major mainstream Protestant churches, rabbinical councils and a dozen religious orders of nuns in Illinois endorsed the bill.
"Arlene, the jig is up.
"Your outrage over the passage of SB 3186 has nothing to do with a concern for religious institutions' rights. Your outrage is based not on deeply held religious beliefs or your fidelity to the Church. It is based on animosity toward gay people.
"When, dear, was the last time we heard you condemn the death penalty, question the war in Iraq, speak out about the rights of immigrants or speak out for economic justice? Never. Even though our Holy Father and our Church have been clear about all of those issues. You are obsessed with gay people's genitals and what they do or don't do with them and you can't see beyond their crotches. You cloak your anti-gay sentiment in the name of religion.
"Arlene, bigotry is always vile, but it is especially vile when it masquerades as virtue. I pray to God that you are just uninformed and clueless, but frankly, I get the impression that you are just a bitter, miserable, obsessed woman. I do take comfort in the fact that Almighty God will have mercy on you."
Interestingly, Garcia does not mention that the Catholic Conference of Illinois (http://capwiz.com/ilcath/state/main/?state=IL) opposed the bill. Not that it matters to him. Garcia, of course, knows the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church in regard to homosexual activity; he just doesn't seem to agree with it. And it's unfortunate - though not at all surprising - that those who oppose such a bill on moral grounds are labeled "bigots" and "homophobes" by homosexual activists.
Garcia would do well to look into Courage (www.couragerc.net), a Catholic apostolate that "ministers to those with same-sex attractions and their loved ones... From our website you will learn about homosexuality and how by developing an interior life of chastity, the universal call to all Christians, one can move beyond the confines of the homosexual identity to a more complete one in Christ...."
Courage is waiting for you, Rick.
Meanwhile, it seems a critic (or critics) of the Petersburg, Ill.-based Roman Catholic Faithful, headed by Stephen Brady, has started a campaign of sorts to "get" Brady. To wit: "The Investigation Committee" has sent a somewhat threatening letter to Brady - with copies to other parties, apparently - saying:
"...Our investigation has brought many to conclude that you yourself are a homosexual, as are members of your family... We want you to know that our investigation of you, your background, your sources of income, your family and much, much more is only the beginning. Everyday we learn more and more incredible facts about you. You will hear so much more from us, and so will countless others. It's not important that you know who we are. You may learn that in time. But, be assured, we know who you are - and are learning more about you by the minute. Watch for us! We are watching you!"
In an open-letter response, Brady retorts: "I read with delight your attempt to frighten me into silence. 'Shooting the messenger' has a long and pathetic history. If you think that revealing my alleged past faults and sins will bother me, you could not be more mistaken... As for me being homosexual, ask my wife and kids...."
The full correspondence can be seen on Roman Catholic Faithful's website, www.rcf.org.
http://www.catholic.org IL, US
Matt Abbott - Author,
More Catholic PRWire
Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718
A Recession Antidote
Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.
Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell
Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell
Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Franchising to Evangelize
Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Three words to a deeper faith
Relections for Lent 2009
Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell
World Food Program Director on Lent
Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Glimpse of Me
The 3 stages of life
Sex and the Married Woman
A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Modernity & Morality
Just a Minute
Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Edging God Out
Burying a St. Joseph Statue
George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell
Easter... A Way of Life
Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
by Catholic Online
- First Daughter, Ivanka Trump holds groundbreaking meeting with human ...
- Daily Readings for Thursday, May 25, 2017
- Understanding the Feast of the Ascension as the Portal to Eternity
- NINE Christians shot dead by sick ISIS militants as they take ...
- St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi: Saint of the Day for Thursday, May 25, 2017
- Pope Francis and Donald Trump have monumental first meeting HD Video
- Daily Reading for Friday, May 26th, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Reading for Thursday, May 25th, 2017 HD
- Bomb explodes during Ariana Grande concert full of young fans HD
- St. John Baptist de Rossi HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.