Can’t get much more blatant

Would the active promotion and participation of a pastor and a parish in a gay pride parade cross the line of appropriate action for Catholics? Should their bishop take action to prevent the spread of scandal and error and having the name of the Catholic Church associated with an event at which debauchery and immorality will be trumpeted?

From this past Sunday’s bulletin of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Newton, Mass. (PDF), Fr. Walter Cuenin, pastor:

Boston Pride Interfaith Prayer Service and Parade: The Gay and Lesbian Faith Sharing Group and the Justice and Peace Committee invite you to participate in this year’s Gay Pride Celebration. For over 35 years Boston Gay Pride has served as a means for showing the diversity and visibility of Boston’s Gay Community and provided an opportunity to comment on important issues with regards to social and political concerns of the times. Boston Pride is made up of people from all walks of life, straight and gay and many of the supporters are friends and family members. One way to show your support is to join the Gay & Lesbian Faith Sharing Group and the Justice and Peace Committee in the Gay Pride Parade and Pride Interfaith Service on Saturday, June 11th. The Interfaith Service, with keynote speaker Senator Jarrett Barrios, is being held at Old South Church on Copley Square starting at 10:00am. The Parade starts at 12:00pm beginning at Copley Square and ending at the Boston Common. Please join us in prayer and walk with us in solidarity as we affirm and support all people as they journey to become who God calls them to be. To participate and/or for further details, please contact XXX at ext. XXX or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Just to be clear, the Church’s teachings on sexuality are not supported or promoted or even tolerate by the organizers and participants of these events and groups.

Domenico Bettinelli, Jr., is a father of five and husband, a Roman Catholic, born in Boston, educated at Franciscan University of Steubenville, who has worked in Catholic media--print, broadcast, and online--since the mid-90s. Find out all about Dom on his About Me page.