Right-wing Christian website LifeLiteNews has conniptions
IN reporting that Catholic priest Father Gilbert Martinez had celebrated a pro-LGBT Mass outside New York’s Stonewall Inn, LifeSiteNews reminded its readers that ‘the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are ‘intrinsically disordered’.
It went suggested that the bigots who read LSN communicate their outrage with “respect” to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Apostolic Nuncio to the US.
Martinez wore a rainbow stole when he conducted the mass in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the riots against police that gave birth to the gay rights movement.
With fingertips a-tremble with indignation LSN‘s Martin M Barillas typed:
On the table that served as an altar, there was a bouquet of flowers that imitated the rainbow flag of the LGBTQ movement. On the fence that forms the perimeter of the park that has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the federal government, there were gay pride flags fluttering. Nearby, gay pride flags, clothing, and paraphernalia were available for purchase from street vendors.
Martinez told those in attendance:
Pride is a moment of grace,. Because after 50 years, a sea of change has come to this country… but there’s a long way to go still. Christ called us here today to this sacred space to commemorate the sacrifice of those who came before us.“Fifty years ago queers, considered the lowliest of the low, made a stand for their dignity. And though they were beaten by police, they were not broken. Their hope, faith, and rage built the revolution of which we stand. Take a moment to pause and look around you, see their legacy in the faces of those around you. See what God is doing in our world.
Martinez is a member of the Paulist congregation of priests and serves as pastor of St Paul the Apostle Catholic Community in Los Angeles. In 2016, Martinez celebrated Mass for participants in a “Pilgrimage of Mercy” organized by Notre Dame University alumni who were celebrating the Supreme Court decision that allowed homosexual marriage.
A promotional video notes the New York parish’s commitment to “engaging” young people and “gay and lesbian Catholics” while also touting the Paulists’ ministry in publishing, videos, radio and on the Internet.