At St. Francis de Sales Parish in New York City, on June 26, 2015, the LGBTQS Gay Straight Catholic Alliance posted this statement after the announcement of the SCOTUS decision legalizing same-sex marriage: “How PHENOMENAL! A day filled with love to more days filled with love.” Later that same year, their 2015 Christmas Facebook post featured a kissing male couple. The contact person at St. Francis de Sales for their LGBTQS Gay Straight Catholic Alliance is actor and drag performer Jay Malsky.
At the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, also in New York City, Pastor John Duffell has a history of being outspoken on LGBT issues. In 2011, Duffel participated in “More Than a Monologue” conference series on “Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church” at Fordham University. When asked by a young “gay” man if he should be cautious or fearful about entering a seminary as an openly “gay” man, Duffel responded: “You’re not broken. The system is broken. And therefore you deal with it as a broken system: You lie.” The Church of the Blessed Sacrament is also home to regular “Gay Fellowship” meetings; the contact person is John Gasdaska.
At St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, also in New York City, the contact person for their “Gay and Lesbian Ministry” is Meredith Augustin. On June 26, 2015, Augustin reposted to Facebook a rainbow colored graphic (Love is Love) from the St. Francis Gay Ministry which included the message: “yay…this day is ever so amazing.” Following the 2015 “Pre-Pride” Mass, Augustin thanked several individuals via Facebook, including “gay” Catholic Arthur Fitzmaurice; she also attached to this post the pro-gay marriage hashtag #lovewins. Fitzmaurice, a frequent speaker at the LA Congress, has repeatedly asked for revisions concerning the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, describing certain language contained in the Catechism as “gravely evil.”
On January 10, 2016, Augustin posted to Facebook an invitation to a cocktail party fundraiser benefitting Planned Parenthood. She wrote: “I adore this place. You will, too. They help rock my life”
Every Catholic must respect and welcome all those who approach the Church for guidance and help. Right now, men and women with same-sex attraction are not being well-served by the Catholic Church. No judgment or indignation should be directed towards them; instead, the Bishops and priests who have fostered this environment, or allowed it to continue, have much to answer for.
“Is there anyone among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread?” (Matthew 7:9)
There is a similar story in the Archdiocese of San Francisco:
…and in Los Angeles: