"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
bishop: ‘Blasphemous’ same-sex advocates wearing rainbow sashes won’t be
allowed at Mass
SPRINGFIELD-The head of Springfield’s Roman Catholic
diocese moved Tuesday to scuttle a silent protest by same-sex marriage
advocates planned at the capital city’s largest Catholic church, calling their
plans to pray the rosary for marriage equality “blasphemous.” Advocates for the
Senate Bill 10 plan to attend a 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Mass at the Cathedral of
head of Springfield’s Roman Catholic diocese moved Tuesday to scuttle a silent
protest by same-sex marriage advocates planned at the capital city’s largest
Catholic church, calling their plans to pray the rosary for marriage equality
for the Senate Bill 10 plan to attend a 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Mass at the Cathedral
of the Immaculate Conception as part of what organizers describe as a “loud
Catholic Presence for marriage equality” that will wrap up a daylong rally in
support of the stalled legislation.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Springfield Catholic diocese, said anyone
wearing rainbow sashes won’t be permitted inside the church.
is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy,”
Paprocki said in a statement released late Tuesday morning. “Since Jesus
clearly taught that marriage as created by God is a sacred institution between
a man and a woman (see Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9), praying for same-sex
marriage should be seen as blasphemous and as such will not be permitted in the
wearing a rainbow sash or who otherwise identify themselves as affiliated with
the Rainbow Sash Movement will not be admitted into the cathedral and anyone
who gets up to pray for same-sex marriage in the cathedral will be asked to
leave,” Paprocki said.
course, our cathedral and parish churches are always open to everyone who
wishes to repent their sins and ask for God’s forgiveness,” he said.
What a wonderful Shepherd! He just defended the Faith in no uncertain terms! He defended the honor of God and His Blessed Mother, and he did so in words that no one can misunderstand.
What a charitable thing to say to those who have been deceived into thinking homosexual beahvior is anything less than a grave sin!
May God bless and protect
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Garcia, a longtime gay activist and political director for Civil Rights Agenda,
entered the church before the scheduled 5:15pm Mass without incident – but was
not wearing a rainbow-colored sash, he said.
He called Paprocki’s statement blasphemous,
and a stark contrast to Pope Francis’ recent comments calling for the need to
make the Catholic Church a more merciful, welcoming place.
“We’re not committing blasphemy. The
bishop’s committing blasphemy,” Garcia said.
Police cars were parked near the church
in the hour leading up to Tuesday’s Mass, and one officer could be seen
standing within the main entryway doors.
Well, we see again how the media reports of the Pope’s
comments are interpreted by the homosexualists. Thank God for the clear statement
of Bishop Paprocki. It appears that even the media could not distort his words
in a way that would be taken to mean that homosexual behavior is anything less
than disordered and morally depraved.